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Issue 49


Executive Editor
Dorothee Richter

Editors at Large
Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb

Editor Issue 49
Nkule Mabaso, Jyoti Mistry

David Andrew, jackï job, Henri Kalama, Sharlene Khan, Unathi Kondile, Nobunye Levin, Nkule Mabaso, Nomusa Makhubu, Zen Marie, Miguel Marrengula, Bekele Mekonnen, Jyoti Mistry, Linda Makgabutlane, Bongani Mkhonza, Nduka Mntambo, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Lindokuhle Nkosi, Jay Pather, Nwabisa Plaatjie, Ruth Sacks

Copy editing
Mindy Stanford

Cover Image
Malwande Mthethwa, (okusemqoka), 2018.
From the series Bathi Ingcazelo Iyisidingo.

ISSN 2673-2904 (Online)
ISSN 2673-2955 (Print)

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Advisory board: Prof Dr Elke Krasny, Nkule Mabaso, Prof Dr Steven Henry Madoff, Prof Dr Astrid Mania, Prof Dr Sarah Owens, Shwetal Patel, Helena Reckitt, Maayan Sheleff, Prof Dr Beat Wyss.

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Supported by

Postgraduate Programme in Curating
ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts

PHD in Practice in Curating
Practice-Based Doctoral Programme a cooperation programme between
the ZHdK and the University of Reading Mariann Steegmann Foundation

Additional Support by

Zurich University of the Arts,
Institute for Critical Theory

Acknowledgements by the Editors
Immediate appreciation to the NIHSS (National Institute of Human Social Sciences) who supported ArtSearch at its inception through the catalytic grant and this publication would not have been possible without the continued and generous support to realise the consolidation of the contributions. Our thanks to Sarah Mosoetsa, CEO of NIHSS for her continued vision to see the arts as place of knowledge production and knowledge contribution to scholarship and research. Additional support received from the NIHSS from Auriel Niemack; Senkhu Maimane and Julia Mathuetsi Mohapi.

Participants and facilitators at ArtSearch
Sarat Maharaj, Nobunye Levin, Jay Pather, Dilip Menon, Zen Marie, Kitso Elliot, Natasha Jacobs, Brigitta Stone-Johnson, Ruth Sacks, George Mahashe, Rod Stoneman, Sharlene Khan, Kim Gurney, Mieke Bernink, Koyo Kouoh, James Elkins, Rael Salley, Leora Farber-Blackbeard, Rogerio Manjate, Monica Raya, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Miguel Marrengula, Dada Masilo; Tracy Murinik, Nduka Mntambo, Mwenya Kabwe, Danai Mupotsa, Steve Mokoena, Beth Coleman, Mick Wilson, Edgar Pieterse, Eyal Sivan, Petro Janse van Vuuren, Henri Kalama, Bekele Mekonnen, Donna Kukama, George Shire.

Special thanks
Kgomotso Motsamai; Emma Ketzie, Blossom Catling, Amanda Danca, Terusha Govender, Janet King, Alexandra Knight, Tanja Sakota, Kitso Lelliot, Nkule Mabaso, Waheeda Safi, Carlos Marzia, Sibonginkosi Mazibuko, Isaac Modise, Mashudu Nemukula, Ruksana Osman, Suzette Le Sueur, Zeblon Vilakazi

Participants and facilitators at Third Symposium
Hannah Clager, David Andrew, Jyoti Mistry, Unathi Kondile, Zen Marie, Brian Kamanzi, Jay Pather, Nkule Mabaso, Harry Garuba, Hlonipha Mokoena, Sarah Matchett, Rehane Abrahams, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Adam Haupt, Khweze Mhkize, Veronica Baxter, Rike Sitas, Drama for Life, Lisa Wilson, Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk, Mandla Mbothwe, Nwabisa Plaatjie, Desiree Lewis, Rebekka Sandmeier, Memory Biwa, Robert Machiri, Lucy Steeds, Rael Jero Salley, Sarah Spies, Dani Abulhawi

Other Funders and partners to the project
University of Cape Town: Michaelis Galleries, Jay Pather and ICA (Institute for Creative Arts) and National Arts Council of South Africa, Pro Helvetia, British Council Connect ZA

Additional Supporting partners
Post graduate Programme in Curating, Zurich Hochschule der Kunste: Decolonizing Art Institutions—Symposium, Basel, CH and Dorothee Richter.

Nomusa Makhubu, Danielle Isler, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, Amo Maledu, Nancy Dantas, Mmabatho Thobejane, Florian Schattauer—your support has been absolutely invaluable.

Editorial Assistant
Danielle Audrey Isler

Copy editor
Mindy Stanford


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Decolonial Propositions