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Fifteen writers explore the experimental, interdisciplinary and radically transgressive field of contemporary live art in South Africa, focusing on a wide range of perspectives, personalities and theoretical concerns. Contemporary South African society is chronologically ‘post’ apartheid, but it continues to grapple with material redress, land redistribution and systemic racism. Acts of Transgression represents the complexity of this moment in the rich potential of a performative art form that transcends disciplinary boundaries and aesthetic conventions. The contributors, who are all significantly involved in the discipline of performance art, probe its intersection with crisis and socio-political turbulence, shifting notions of identity and belonging, embodied trauma and loss. Narratives of the past and visions for the future are interrogated through memory and the archive, thus destabilising entrenched colonial systems.Collectively analysing the work of more than 25 contemporary South African artists, including Athi-Patra Ruga, Mohau Modisakeng, Steven Cohen, Dean Hutton, Mikhael Subotzsky, Tracey Rose and Donna Kukama, among others, the analysis is accompanied by a visual record of more than 50 photographs. For those working in the fields of theatre, performance studies and art, this is a must-have collection of critical essays on a burgeoning and exciting field of contemporary South African research.
Acerca de Alan Parker

Alan Parker is a Cape Town-born critically respected choreographer, seasoned performer and collaborator and a writer and lecturer currently based in the Drama Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. At the moment, he is also engaged in doctoral research at the University of Cape Town. His research focus considers the complex relationship between live arts and the archive, with a specific reflection on choreographic strategies aimed at performing the archive.

Acerca de Sarah Nuttall

Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Acerca de Jay Pather

Jay Pather is a choreographer, curator and academic. He is Director of the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Associate Professor in UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.

Acerca de Catherine Boulle

Catherine Boulle is a writer and researcher at the Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town where her work includes initiating new research on live art in South Africa.

Acerca de Katlego Disemelo

Katlego Disemelo is a media studies scholar who is currently engaged in a joint doctoral programme at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on contemporary mediations of Black queer performance, subcultures and popular consumer landscapes across Africa's continent. He is devoted to decolonial approaches to pedagogy, archival praxis and interrelationships between applied research and LGBTQIA+ human rights activism.

Acerca de Gabrielle Goliath

Gabrielle Goliath is a South African-based multidisciplinary artist, critically celebrated for her conceptually distilled and sensitive negotiations of complex social concerns. Her most recent work bears a particular resonance with situations of gendered and sexualised violence. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, and she holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Acerca de Khwezi Gule

Khwezi Gule is a Johannesburg-based curator and writer. He currently holds the position of Curator-in-Chief at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG). Before this he was Chief Curator at the Soweto Museums, and Curator: Contemporary Collections at JAG. He has curated projects locally and internationally; has contributed essays to various publications and has delivered conference and seminar papers straddling his areas of interest which includes art and heritage studies.

Acerca de Andrew Hennlich

Andrew Hennlich is Associate Professor of Art History in the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University (WMU), and Research Associate in the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg. His work focuses on contemporary South African visual culture and his most recent project includes an exhibition and catalogue entitled After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art at WMU.

Acerca de Mwenya B. Kabwe

Mwenya B. Kabwe is a Johannesburg-based, Zambian-born theatre maker, who is also a lecturer and mother. She holds a Masters degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town, in which her research focus embraced theatre making. For a period of four years, Kabwe lectured in the Drama Department of the University of Cape Town, and currently teaches in the Theatre and Performance Division of the Wits School of the Arts, University of the Witwatersrand.

Acerca de Massa Lemu

Massa Lemu is a writer with a research focus on contemporary African art. In addition, he is known as an artist; his multidisciplinary practice features the use of text, performance and installations. He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Stellenbosch University and the University of Malawi, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Acerca de Nomusa Makhubu

Nomusa Makhubu is an award-winning art historian and artist who teaches art history at the University of Cape Town. In 2017, she was granted the University of Cape Town-Harvard Mandela Fellowship; in 2014 she won the Prix du Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Le Fresnoy and in 2006, she was awarded the coveted ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award. Her current research focus is on African popular culture, photography, interventionism, live and socially-engaged art.

Acerca de Bettina Malcomess

Bettina Malcomess teaches Visual Arts at Wits School of the Arts. Under the name Anne Historical, she makes work about history's entanglement with memory, technology and language. In 2017 she visually edited Routes and Rites to the City: Mobility, Diversity and Religious Space in Johannesburg and in 2013 co-authored Not No Place. Johannesburg, Fragments of Spaces and Times. Her PhD, underway at London's Kings College, is on colonial film history.

Acerca de Same Mdluli

Same Mdluli is a Johannesburg-based artist, art historian and writer. She is currently employed as manager of the Standard Bank Gallery in the city centre. In 2015 she completed her doctorate in Art History, and graduated in 2010 with a Masters degree in Arts and Culture Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. She serves as a panel member for visual arts for the National Arts Council, and is a member of the Black Mark: Critical Creative Thought collective.

Acerca de Lieketso Dee Mohoto–Wa Thaluki

Lieketso Dee Mohoto – wa Thaluki is an accomplished and skilled performer, academic and live sound and voice artist, who studied at the University of Cape Town's Drama Department, before going on to earn a freelance reputation as a voice coach and a performer with a primary interest in the use of the voice in performance practice. In addition to her skills on stage and with words, she is a sangoma, a Lessac Kinesensic Practitioner and loves all kinds of performance.

Acerca de Nondumiso Msimanga

Nondumiso Msimanga​ is an academic, independent arts writer and researcher, as well as a performing artist who is currently artistic director of the Olive Tree Theatre in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Engaged in her PhD at the University of Cape Town, with a research focus on protest and performance in trauma and gender studies, she holds a Masters degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and taught in the Theatre and Performance Division, Wits School of the Arts.


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