HISTORY OF ART
Dr Rory Bester
Head of Department
Research interests: South African photography, contemporary South African art.
Supervision areas: archival theory and practice, art criticism, biographical methodologies, contemporary African art, curatorial theory and practice, exhibition histories, photographic histories, postcolonial theory.
Room 212 ,Second Floor, Wits School of Arts
Dr Nicola Cloete
Research interests: Slavery in South Africa, Gender Studies, Memory Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Visual Studies, Post-Colonialism.
Supervision areas: Cultural studies, Feminist theory, Visual Studies, Film Theory, Performance Studies, Post-colonialism, Critical Race Theory, Gender Studies.
Research interests: contemporary African art, curatorial and exhibition practices.
Supervision areas: visual politics in curatorial and exhibition practices; art in the public sphere, which includes Site-specific art – permanent and temporary, performative and installation; performance art; politics in the construction of public art institutions; exhibition histories; function and construction archives; and theory and practice of biography.
Research interests: Postcolonialism in contemporary South African and African art; archival theory and practice; public art; early 20th century South African art and exhibition practice;curating and exhibition histories; modernisms and modernities; gender and queer politics; art education
Supervision areas: Curating and exhibition histories; modernisms and modernities; postcolonialism in contemporary South African and African art; early 20th century South African art and exhibition practice; art education
Dr Justine Wintjes
Research interests: historical material culture in southern Africa including rock art; art and science, especially archaeology and botany; object biographies; archives.
Supervision areas: Art-historical approaches to rock art, intersections between ethnography, anthropology, archaeology and history of art, archival studies, landscape studies, art museums in Africa, community arts.