Envisioning South Africa’s Global Struggle Against Apartheid

Steffi Duarte
Curatorial Research Assistant
Product Design & Decorative Arts Department, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Decorative Art & Design Department, Cleveland Museum of Art

How can materiality and visual communication provide insight, however fleeting, into histories of past struggles?  Drawing on the ephemera and visual language of the global struggle against South African Apartheid, from 1960 to 1990, this presentation is a critical investigation of the relationship between design and a struggle for one countrys freedom fought across vast geographical distances.

This research was presented at the Design Incubation Design Incubation Colloquium 2.3: St. John’s University on Saturday, January 16, 2016.