Strange Cargo

Essays on Art


A series of searing essays, capturing the spirit and essence of the South African landscape of contemporary art

This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2022.

ISBN: 9788857246550 Category:


Strange Cargo: Essays on Art is a collection of forty essays by Ashraf Jamal. It can be regarded as the twin of Jamal’s previous book, In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art (2017). Both form part of a single venture to celebrate and entrench the rich complexity of South African artists in a global imaginary. The artists that Jamal chooses to reflect upon refuse to fit into a predictive algorithm. He has written with equal intensity about artists old and young, dead or alive, famous or relatively unknown, black or white, trending or not. Love and empathy-his indifference to difference-is his engine room, and much like the artists featured, Jamal does not only write for the moment we are in, but for a readership to come.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 16.5 x 24 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 28 September 2022
Number of pages 544
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Ashraf Jama
Dimensions 16.5 x 24 cm
Weight 300 g


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Ashraf Jamal is a Research Associate in the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg. He is the co-author of Art in South Africa: The Future Present and co-editor of Indian Ocean Studies: Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives. He is also the author of Predicaments of culture in South Africa, Love themes for the wilderness, and the award-winning short fiction, The Shades.