2013-2021: PhD, Art History, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dissertation titled, “As real as any work of art”: the ontology of Constant's New Babylon.
2013-2014: Visiting PhD Fellow, Columbia University in the City of New York.
2003-2007: BA (Hons), art history, literature, philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Professional and academic appointments
Present: Founder and director of FORMS Gallery, South Africa and online.
2019-2022: Co-supervisor in the PhD programme in Artistic Research, Faculty of Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen, Norway.
2014-present: Guest lecturer and tutor at various institutions including York University, Toronto; National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City; Tallinn University, Tallinn; University of Bergen, Bergen; Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm; and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
2014 - 2017 (incl.): Director, Hordaland Kunstsenter (Hordaland Art Centre), Bergen, Norway.
2013 - 2014: Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Doctoral Fellow, Columbia University in the City of New York, Art History Department.
2011 - 2015: Research Fellow: Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg.
2010- 2012: Curator of Contemporary Art, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019: Co-founder and artistic director, LATITUDES Art Fair, Johannesburg.
January-March 2018: The Land, Hordaland Kunstsenter. James Benning, Amy Siegel, Bodil Furu, Michael MacGarry.
October-November 2017: Painting Today, Platform, Stockholm. Mårten Spångberg and Sif Ankergård.
September-October 2017: Image Drain, Tallinn Art Hall, as part of Tallinn Photomonth Biennial. Works by André Tehrani, Mårten Spångberg, James Webb, Carl Johan Högberg, Antonis Pittas, Andrew Amorim, Kristina Ollek, Laura Kuusk, Toril Johannessen, Mathijs van Geest and Paul Kuimet.
June 2014 - December 2017: artistic programme of Hordaland Kunstsenter, including new commissions by Dineo Seshee Bopape, Carlos Motta, Antonis Pittas, Victor Lind, Walid Sadek, Viviane Sassen, Carl Johan Högberg and James Webb.
April 2014: Soft Measures, (co-curator, with André Tehrani), project space, WIELS Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels. Works by André Tehrani and Sus Soddu, Linn Pedersen and Jan Freuchen, Phillip Raiford Johnson, Marco Bruzzone and Magnhild Øen Nordahl.
June 2013: This House (co-curator with Mikhael Subotzky), for the “Nouvelles Vagues” season at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Works by Mikhael Subotzky, Gordon Matta-Clark, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, André Tehrani and Serge-Alain Nitegeka.
February 2012 - February 2013: EVIL SON, Cape Town, South Africa. Initiated through the Contemporary Art Development Trust, EVIL SON was a space for experimental practices.
October - November 2012: Machine Worries, Machine Hearts, blank projects, CapeTown. With Toril Johannessen, Magnhild Øen Nordhal, James Webb, Cameron McLeod, Donna Kukama, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, and Phillip Raiford Johnson. Supported by the Office for Contemporary Art, Norway.
2011-2012: Richard Long: Karoo Highveld (curator), Iziko South African National Gallery, CapeTown. A solo exhibition of works by Richard Long produced in South Africa.
Selected Publications (excluding press and popular media)
* indicates double-blind peer-reviewed
* 2020: “‘Yes to who or what arrives’: Hospitality and Property in Contemporary Art” in Merle Williams (ed.), Hospitalities: Transitions and Transgressions, North and South. Routledge: London
“Category Error: On the work of David Koloane”, Fractal Journal, December 2018
(Co-publisher) Antonis Pittas, Road to Victory, Turin: Mousse Publishing and Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2017
(Editor) Dineo Seshee Bopape: We Need the Memory of All of Our Members, Bergen: Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2016
(Editor) James Webb: Xenagoge, Bergen:Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2016
(Editor) Carl Johan Högberg: Shuttlecock, Bergen: Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2016
“Codes, Weeds, Barriers”, in Tehrani, A., Popular Disorder, Oslo: Lord Jim Publishing, 2013.
(Co-editor) Works of James Beckett, with Constant Interjections by Frank Key, New York: Westreich Wagner Publications, 2013
*“The Fly on the Screen ”, in ed. A. Buys A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. Johannesburg: Wits University Press and Wits Art Museum, 2013
*(Editor) A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. Johannesburg: Wits University Press and Wits Art Museum, 2013
“Eyeing Others ”, in Mikhael Subotzky: Retinal Shift, Göttingen: Steidl, 2012
*“Athi-Patra Ruga and the Politics of Context ”in Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Studies Vol. 24 (3), Johannesburg: Routledge, December 2010 (Guest editors,Farber, L. and Bishop, R.)
*“The Underground, the Surface and the Edges: A Hauntology of Johannesburg” in Pinther, K., Larissa Förster and Christian Hanussek (eds.) Afropolis: City, Media, Art. published in German and English editions, Cologne: Walther König, 2010, and Johannesburg: Jacana, 2012 (co-authored with Leora Farber).
“’Playing to win is not really playing’: Art’s Sporting Interventions”, in Thurman, C. (ed.) Sport versus Art: A South African Contest. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, June 2010.
*“Reversing the hierarchy of reality and its representation: Michael MacGarry unhinges Africa’s political myths”, in Krouse, M. and Peter Anders (eds.), Positions: Contemporary Artists in South Africa. Published in German and English editions. Göttingen: Steidl, June 2010, and Johannesburg: Jacana, November 2010.
*“Facing the Void: Primal Scenes in Maurice Blanchot and Hélène Cixous”, Arcadia International Journal for Literary Studies, Berlin: De Gruyter, October 2010 (Co-authored with Stefan Polatinsky).
*“The Provocation of Hélène Cixous: Philosophy in Poetic Overflow” in Mosaic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Volume 42, Number 2. Manitoba: University of Manitoba Press, December 2009 (Co-authored with Stefan Polatinsky).
*“Hiroshima Mon Amour and The Necessity of Oblivion” in English Studies in Africa, special edition: Futures of Trauma. Volume 74, Number 4. Johannesburg: Routledge, October 2009
“Alleys, Ellipses and the Eve of Context: Camp and Masculinity in Africa”, introduction to the exhibition catalogue for Athi-Patra Ruga’s Mr Floating Signifier and the Deadboyz. Cape Town: Whatiftheworld/ Gallery, August 2009