n De Arte - Corporeality and the transgression of boundaries in Dumile Feni's art and Maurice Merleau-Ponty's philosophy : research

Volume 2006, Issue 73
  • ISSN : 0004-3389



In this article I bring a philosophical analysis to bear upon Mslaba Dumile Feni's art. In line with commentators, such as Steven Sack, Lionel Ngakane and E. J. de Jager, I perceive Feni's art as the portrayal of the agony, suffering and anger of black people under apartheid oppression in South Africa. However, as I will point out, Feni's art cannot be classified merely as resistance art because this would be an injustice to the deeper meaning and ambiguity of his work. In this article I focus on the phenomenological meaning of Feni's art, that is, I interpret it as a means of bringing the viewer into direct contact with the lived experience and perception of our worlds.

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