Demanding Recognition: Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa

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Demanding Recognition : Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa. / Nielsen, Vibe.

Institut for Antropologi, Københavns Universitet, 2019. 221 p.

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Nielsen, V 2019, Demanding Recognition: Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa. Institut for Antropologi, Københavns Universitet.

APA

Nielsen, V. (2019). Demanding Recognition: Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa. Institut for Antropologi, Københavns Universitet.

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Nielsen V. Demanding Recognition: Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa. Institut for Antropologi, Københavns Universitet, 2019. 221 p.

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Nielsen, Vibe. / Demanding Recognition : Curatorial Challenges in the Exhibition of Art from South Africa. Institut for Antropologi, Københavns Universitet, 2019. 221 p.

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