Madeleine Van Biljon, South African writer

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Date: 1999

Region: Africa

Subject: Religious

Medium: Literature


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Artist: Madeleine Van Biljon (1929 - 2010)

Confronting Bodies: Afrikaan Language and Culture Association

Date of Action: May 1998

Location: South Africa

Description of Artwork: Van Biljon admitted to Finesse, a magazine for Christian women, that she did not believe in the Christian religion.

The Incident: Van Biljon is a well-known Afrikaner writer. She won an award from the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (ATKV) for her work. The ATKV was the cultural arm of the Afrikaner Broederbond, a political mafia behind the National Party government responsible for the aparteid. The award was taken away from Van Biljon on the grounds that it was "only for Christians."

Results of Incident: The ATKV retracted Van Biljon's prize

Source: Index on Censorship, 4/98