HALF ART: Artists get beyond having a go at coconuts

Business Day Live | Chris Thurman:


OSTENSIBLY I’m in Germany to work on Shakespeare; for centuries, Germans have viewed the man from Stratford as “ganz unser” (entirely ours), which makes him a less divisive figure here than he is in SA. Sometimes, however, the primary object of my research is German baking.


Emeka Ogboh’s sound and video installation, Àlà, is part of Post African Futures. Picture: EMEKA OGBOH/GOODMAN GALLERY

Breads, pastries, cakes — savoury or sweet, you name it, the Germans bake it. Tim Noakes and the Banting diet would be laughed out of the country. It was with a combination of delight and horror that I discovered a treat called an “Othello” last week. Delight because here was further evidence of Shakespeare’s presence in German daily life, and because it tasted so damn good. Horror because it was a marker of the kind of casual and unexamined racism that, although apparently innocuous, is not entirely distinct from the anti-immigrant discourse and even race-baiting hate speech that continues to rear its ugly head here and across Europe…


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