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L'art public de l'apartheid à Johannesburg, un patrimoine ? Le cas de la statue de Carl von Brandis

Abstract : From 2007, the City of Johannesburg has been implementing a 'Public Art Policy'. This policy aims at promoting art in public spaces in order to symbolise the new post-apartheid identity of the city. However, public art in South Africa in general, and in Johannesburg in particular, did not arise at the end of the apartheid. Therefore, the city also has to deal with artworks inherited from the previous era. In such a context of urban reinvention, the ability of that disturbing heritage to make sense in Johannesburg today can be questioned. The case study of an emblematic artwork from the apartheid period shows that this kind of public art is subject to different types of re-appropriations, institutional or not, which question what heritage and 'heritagization' are. I argue that these re-appropriations, sometimes conflicting, are symptomatic of symbolic issues that surround this heritage, but also of the attempt made by the City of Johannesburg to establish - thanks to 'heritagization' - its authority in and on the city.
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Pauline Guinard. L'art public de l'apartheid à Johannesburg, un patrimoine ? Le cas de la statue de Carl von Brandis. Géographie et cultures, L'Harmattan, 2011, pp.89-108. ⟨hal-00756703⟩

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