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Generations under racial microscope

By Edward Tsumele | Jan 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 234 ]

THE television soapie Generations has been part of the nation's TV viewing for years now..

Mainly dealing with urban black people's lives, it has never crossed the minds of many that this soapie actually excludes white people as actors.

The reason seems to be that the soapie uses characters who use a plethora of African languages, so white people, most of whom cannot speak any of the local languages, are excluded out of necessity.

Now comes the Extra! exhibition of Candice Breitz, pictured, which zooms in on the issue of race representation and white exclusion.

The first comprehensive survey exhibition of the artist's work to be presented in South Africa is presented by Standard Bank, the Goethe-Institut and Goodman Gallery, and runs at the Standard Bank Gallery from February 8 until April 5.

In Extra, Breitz inserts herself into a number of actual scenes from Generations, sometimes subtly, sometimes awkwardly and absurdly, but always without judgement or easy explanation.

She resonates as a conspicuously white presence among an otherwise black cast.

The resulting images are simultaneously thought-provoking and uncomfortably amusing -- raising questions about what it might mean to be white in the new South Africa, without offering easy answers.

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Tonyoki - Hehehe, nah work from home.

Jan 16, 2012 12:52 | 0 replies

Sinudeity
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe - I can speak abit of Zulu. But my spelling sucks. I can pick up most of the Zulu on the forums, but out of respect for the language, Id rather not type.

I can try if you want me to:
eKatakataEmaotoAditshepe nthando makulu ntondo :P
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Please stop Sinu, we appreciate the effort though...lol!

Jan 16, 2012 12:12 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe - I can speak abit of Zulu. But my spelling sucks. I can pick up most of the Zulu on the forums, but out of respect for the language, Id rather not type.

I can try if you want me to:
eKatakataEmaotoAditshepe nthando makulu ntondo :P

Jan 16, 2012 12:7 | 0 replies

DJWinner - lol While im away, please respond to my question....lol thanx

Jan 16, 2012 12:4 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity

Tell me when are you going learn one of black tribes language,for a change?

Jan 16, 2012 12:3 | 0 replies

@Tonyoki

That was the plan, i hope you are commenting from home as there is no cold shower at work unless you are one of those top execs who have showers in their offices....lol

Jan 16, 2012 12:2 | 0 replies

Galfrend
DJWinner
I'm happy to hear that Sthandwa and hope you will have a great year and see many more. I hope awuganganga ke, ngoba phela abantu bayaganga on their birthdays. he he he he he.....

I know that say you don't ask a woman's age, but I believe I have a right to know, .....So how many years younger now?

Is there anything I can do about depression? I hope uzoba right, sthandwa sami
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hai angiganganga, im a good gal you know, always well behaved.

Well, im twenty something dear, im a year older than you nw...lol

"since you and I you know...he he he he" Since you and I are what? lol No i dont know,Please elaborate....lol

About idepression, you have managed to put a smile on my face already, thank you, im fine now.

Chat later hun, going out for lunch nw.
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he he he he....Ok dear, we will talk latter.

Jan 16, 2012 12:0 | 0 replies

DJWinner
I'm happy to hear that Sthandwa and hope you will have a great year and see many more. I hope awuganganga ke, ngoba phela abantu bayaganga on their birthdays. he he he he he.....

I know that say you don't ask a woman's age, but I believe I have a right to know, .....So how many years younger now?

Is there anything I can do about depression? I hope uzoba right, sthandwa sami
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hai angiganganga, im a good gal you know, always well behaved.

Well, im twenty something dear, im a year older than you nw...lol

"since you and I you know...he he he he" Since you and I are what? lol No i dont know,Please elaborate....lol

About idepression, you have managed to put a smile on my face already, thank you, im fine now.

Chat later hun, going out for lunch nw.

Jan 16, 2012 11:57 | 0 replies

@Cowgirl
You sense of humour turns me on!!

Jan 16, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies

CONDOMLarge - Racist.

Jan 16, 2012 11:51 | 0 replies

I m 1 of those who hate soapies like bona bo Generations,bla! bla! bla!

Jan 16, 2012 11:50 | 0 replies