Dr Rory Bester invited to join the Global Nominator panel for the Prix Pictet

Dr Rory Bester has been invited to join the Global Nominator Panel for the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. Entry is by nomination only, with each member of the panel of experts – critics, curators, journalists and gallerists – proposing up to five photographers for consideration by the independent jury. Previous winners have included Benoit Aquin, Nadav Kander, Mitch Epstein, Luc Delahaye, Michael Schmidt and Valérie Belin. While no South Africans have won the prize, a number have been shortlisted over the previous six cycles, including Pieter Hugo, Gideon Mendel, Brent Stirton, and Guy Tillim (twice)....
Visiting researcher – Leslie Wilson

Visiting researcher – Leslie Wilson

Wits History of Art welcomes Leslie Wilson who is visiting South Africa as part of her doctoral research. Leslie Wilson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at The University of Chicago where she specialises in the study of the history of photography, modern and contemporary African art, and 20th and 21st century American art. Her dissertation research focuses on the history of the development and popularization of color photography in South Africa with a particular focus on photographic work at the intersection of photojournalism, documentary practice, and art in the 1990s and 2000s. From September 2015, she is a CASVA Chester Dale Predoctoral Dissertation Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC....
History of Art Tutors at Mercedes Benz Fashion week

History of Art Tutors at Mercedes Benz Fashion week

Three of the four fabulous post graduate student tutors for 2nd year History of Art, Tshego Mabaso, Kiyara Ananmalay and Gontse Mathabathe at Marianne Fassler’s fashion show, part of Mercedes Benz Fashion week at Nelson Mandela Square. Fassler’s show featured beadwork from the Marigold beading co-operative in Bulawayo, a collaborative project with Marigold and Joni Brenner. An unforgettable evening watching a South African icon at her best, with an interpretation of the beadwork integrated into contemporary South African smart design. Zandri Oosthuysen, the fourth tutor and excellent role model for our younger students, was home putting the finishing touches to her master’s...
Visiting researcher – Katharina Jörder

Visiting researcher – Katharina Jörder

Wits History of Art welcomes Katharina Jörder who is visiting South Africa as part of her doctoral research. Jörder is currently funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation for her PhD project on the photography of the apartheid regime between 1948 and 1989. The dissertation examines how the apartheid regime’s image policy correlated with the discourses and practices of exercising power. She studied Art History and Italian Philology at Freie Univeristät Berlin and at Università Università degli Studi di Roma Tré Studi di Roma Tré, Rome, 2013 she completed her Masters with a thesis about Mikhael Subotzky. Jörder assisted in the exhibition organization at the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany for the show “Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive” curated by Tamar Garb in 2013. Jörder’s essay Parzellierung des Raumes. Mikhael Subotzkys Fotobuch “Beaufort West” will be published in the book Gedruckt und Erblättert. Das Fotobuch als Medium ästhetischer Artikulation seit den 1940er Jahren (ed. B. Dogramaci/D.Düdder/S. Dufhues/M. Schindelegger/A. Volz, Reimer 2016)....

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title: a group exhibition collectively curated by eleven postgraduate students in History of Art, ran from 4-7 November 2015 at The Point of Order, the multi-purpose and experimental exhibition space belonging to the Visual Arts division of WSOA. title: functioned as an exhibition in the traditional sense of a display; manifesting ideas, experiences and conversations in response to interrogation of curatorial and exhibition practice that the students turned and returned to during the 2015 course ‘Curating Exhibitions: The Politics and Aesthetics of Display’, which was led by lecturer Nontobeko Ntombela. Through their individual displays the students expressed their ripostes to the idiographic questioning of curatorship and its methodologies, for unlike in the previous four years of the course’s history, the students were not directed by a mandate on content. Rather the eleven were asked to curate a theme of their choice around questions pertinent to curatorial practice engaging the politics and aesthetic of display. In another first for students of ‘Curating Exhibitions’, and in addition to the physical and collectively curated exhibition title:, each participant was asked to conceptualise and realise individual online exhibitions as adaptations of and extensions to their chosen physically exhibited topic. title: also served as to launch these which can be accessed at http://hartcurating.wits.ac.za. Linguistically, title: can be read simply as an authoritative prefix but, in this exhibition, it was a conscious choice to avoid a prescriptive curatorial stance. Instead the open-endedness of title: not only created a sense of inclusivity for each of the curatorial voices within the group, but allowed for fluid connections and interpretations to be made by the viewer. title: was...