Winter School Registration Closed + Full List of Speakers Announced
Registration for Winter School is now closed. All paid participants will receive the Winter School program and reading pack soon.
We are pleased to announce our full list of speakers:
Mary Evans is an artist who lives and works in England and utilises in her subject matter both her Nigerian heritage and European upbringing. Evans has received a number of significant commissions, awards and residencies, including a Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, in 2010. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the UK, as well as internationally - in the United States, the Netherlands, Mexico and China, including Farewell to Post-Colonialism at the 3rd Guangzhou Triennale in 2008, Port City (2007) at the Arnolfini, Bristol, and A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad (2003), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Evans is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Sarah Godsell is a poet and historian. Her research interests include issues around oral history and memory and the blurring of physical and non-physical (political, social, ethnic) borders that have been created in various ways.
Thembinkosi Goniwe is curator, art historian and art critic. Curatorial projects include Desire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African Art, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2011; SPace: Currencies in Contemporary Africa Art, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010; Koma & Ulwaluko: Politics and Poetics of Making Manhood, Polokwane Art Museum, South Africa, 2010; 'Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Context', Pretoria South Africa 2015; Edinburgh Art Festival, 2015.
Athi Mongezeleli Joja
Athi Mongezeleli Joja is an artist and writer. He was a member of the of the art collective, Gugulective and has participated in numerous international and local exhibitions including the Subdivision Art Festival in Hamburg Germany. He is a regular contributor to ArtThrob and The Mail and Guardian; his writings have also appeared in The Feminist Wire, Chimurenga, and Savvy amongst other publications. He is a co-editor of New Frank Talk with Andile Mngxitama.
Born in Benoni, Gauteng Pops Mohamed's career in music was the logical outcome of an early exposure at Dorkay House to the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim and Kippie Moeketsi. He started his first band The Valiants, at 14. Known by fans as the Minister of Music, he plays a wide variety of instruments: African mouth bow, bird whistle, berimbau, didgeridoo, guitar, keyboard, kora, and the thumb piano. He is also known for his wide range of musical styles that include kwela, pop, and soul. He produced Finding One's Self, the late Moses Taiwa Molelekwa's award-winning album. Pops has also performed regularly with and sits on the board of the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company. Mohamed is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Arts and Culture Trust Lifetime Achievement Award for music (2010).
Hlonipha Mokoena is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual. As a teaching professor her main area of interest is South African intellectual history. Her current research is on the figure of the Zulu policeman, which she explores across the visual historical archive.
Nontobeko Ntombela is a curator based in Johannesburg. She currently works at the Wits School of Arts developing the postgraduate programs in curatorial and exhibition practices. She previously worked as the curator of the contemporary collection at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010–12) and the Durban Institute of Technology Art Gallery (2006–10) and Bat Centre Art Galleries, Durban (2002-2006). Ntombela has curated a number of exhibition including Spectaculaire (2013) at Frac des Pays de la Loire, France; The Two Talking Yonis (2013) at Constitution Hill (Women’s Jail), Room and Kalashnikovv gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; A Fragile Archive (2012) at the Johannesburg Art Gallery; and Made in Africa (2012), co-curated with Andile Magengelele at Sandton Art Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Makhosazana Xaba is a poet. Her poems are drawn from situations of contemporary South African life and are filled with topical and familiar references. Makhosazana Xaba’s poetry has been translated into Mandarin and Italian and published in China and Italy. Her first critically acclaimed story, Running, won the Deon Hofmeyr Award for Creative Writing in 2005. She is currently working on a biography of South African Writer and Journalist Noni Jabavu. Xaba is also a trained nurse and has worked as a women's health specialist.