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These images document the activities across both the locations and events (ArtSearch (Wits), March 2017 and Third Space Symposium (UCT), August 2017) from which the contributions in the issue are drawn.  The symposia, performances and the attendant exhibitions as multimodal and poly-vocal introspections and reflections, deliberation and conversations took place at an exceptionally volatile moment in South African higher education markedly 2015-2017.


Artsearch Symposium at the University of the Witwatersrand
in March 2017

Using artistic research as way to address decolonising practices, this three-day symposium brought together international scholars and practitioners from various disciplines. The presentations offered creative strategies to transform art institutions and recognise previously unacknowledged artistic practices and forms.

Jay Pather, Rite

Sharlene Khan, ERASURE

Dada Masilo, In Rehearsal

Nduka Mntambo, Asymmerties

ArtSearch graphic from video documentation

ArtSearch graphic Reworking archival and source material

Beth Coleman

Zen Marie

George Shire

Henri Kalama

Nobunye Levin and Kitso Lelliot

Koyo Kouoh

Ruth Sacks

Jay Pather

Rael Salley, Eyal Sivan, Nkule Mbaso, Henri Kalama

Klara Björk, Linda Sternö and Mieke Bernink walk through the Market Theatre precinct

Rael Salley invites participants into his presentation

Participants mingle at ArtSearch

Eyal Sivan in communal cookout

Nduka Mntambo and Kalle Boman in communal cookout

Mieke Bernink and Tracy Murnink in communal cookout

Commual cookout

Participants at Afrika Freedom Station at ArtSearch

Participants at Afrika Freedom Station at ArtSearch



3rd Space Symposium at Cape Town University’s Institute of Creative Arts in August 2017  

Centred on creative practices including performance, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, the second iteration of the 3rd Space Symposium focused less on institutional transformation and more on multiple aesthetic practices and strategies that challenged canonised Western and European art modes. It drew from unresolved histories and experiences that had been rendered invisible under colonialism and apartheid, and through race and class privileges.

Nocmebisi Moyikwa performing Qash-Qash, 2017

Nocmebisi Moyikwa performing Qash-Qash, 2017

Robert Machiri, Memory Biwa

Robert Machiri, Memory Biwa

Intervention by Drama for Life

Desiree Lewis

Harry Garuba

Hlonipha Mokeona

Palesa Shongwe and Nobunye Levin

Kharnita Mohamed and Brain Kamanzi

Lwazi Lushaba

Rike Sitas

Samuel Ravengai

Unathi Kondile

Mbongeni Mtshali and Mark Flieshman

Mandle Mbothwe and Jay Pather

Jyoti Mistry

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Issue 49

Decolonial Propositions