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We warmly invite you to join us at our upcoming professorial event when Professor Federico Freschi will be speaking on the topic Privilege & Prejudice: Reflections on the Politics of Art, Architecture & Design.

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021
Time: 5.00pm
RSVP: online registration by Friday 15 October 2021

Venue: H Block, Otago Polytechnic, 115 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

"This lecture is a reflection on the role of art, architecture and design in constructing notions of nationalism, identity and belonging. I consider examples from the South African context that show how designed forms, structures and artefacts were implicated in embedding white privilege and entangled in the politics of claiming and deploying power. Against a global context of resurgent nationalisms and urgent calls for decolonisation, these examples hold lessons that have broad resonance across other former settler-colonial societies. I will draw from my research over the past two decades that focuses on the intersections of identity, politics, and imaginaries of belonging in art, design and architecture. 

"The lecture coincides with the launch of the edited volume The Politics of Design: Privilege & Prejudice in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and South Africa (eds. Federico Freschi, Jane Venis & Farieda Nazier, Otago Polytechnic Press, 2021)."

Federico Freschi was appointed Professor and Head of College of Te Maru Pūmanawa | Creative Practice & Enterprise at the Otago Polytechnic in October 2019. Before that, he was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. A widely published art historian, he has curated exhibitions of national and international significance, notably as the South African curator of Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning, the first exhibition of Matisse’s work to be held on the African continent. He is a former Vice-President on the board of Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), formerly held the position of President of SAVAH (South African Visual Arts Historians) and is on the advisory committee of Forum Kunst und Markt (Technische Universität Berlin).


Image credit: Jeanne Kotze-Louw, mosaic frieze in the baggage claim hall of Jan Smuts Airport (now O R Tambo International Airport), Johannesburg, 1971. Image courtesy of Transnet Heritage Library Photo Collection.

Published on 22 Sep 2021

Orderdate: 22 Sep 2021
Expiry: 22 Oct 2021

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 5:00pm ~7:00pm O Block, Otago Polytechnic