Uncontained and the Constraints of Historicism as Method: A reply to Mario Pissarra

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Mario Pissarra’s rigorous and considered critical review of Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project archive (2012) marks a significant contribution to starting a discussion that the book and exhibition aimed to provoke. That an interlocutor of his authority has undertaken such an attentive and thoughtful critique does the publication a great service and opens up pathways for further conversation and work on the Community Arts Project (CAP) art collection at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). I would like to reciprocate in a similar vein and take up Third Text Africa’s invitation to respond to Pissarra’s review by thinking about the merits and limits of his critique.