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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Die kleur van vers en verf : Antjie Krog in gesprek met Marlene Dumas : research article
The colours of poem and paint : Antjie Krog in conversation with MarleneDumas
Antjie Krog engages South African born painter Marlene Dumas in anintertextual dialogue in her most recent anthology Kleur kom nooit alleennie. This series of poems is titled "skilderysonnette" (sonnets of a painting). Six of the nine of Krog's "word paintings" are eponymous with Dumas'spaintings and therefore almost require an examination of the interplay ofthe respective texts. This article examines the relationship between therelevant poems and paintings.
The specific conversation between Krog's word texts and Dumas'spaintings within the context of Krog's anthology ultimately indicatesintriguing similarities. It includes, inter alia, the struggle of both artists with the problem of "belonging" - Krog from an African perspective and Dumasfrom a European angle. Both are also concerned with the politics of colour.The politics of sex also figures in both their oeuvres in the third instance.The complexity of sexuality, eroticism and love is examined in the work ofboth these artists and is ultimately expressed in the voice/vision of theemancipated woman.
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