Jordache A. Ellapen

Jordache A. Ellapen is a film scholar and visual artist who uses film and photography to comment on sexuality, racial formations, and the intimacies of the everyday in post-apartheid South African society. He turns to the erotic, particularly the aesthetics and politics of “transgressive eroticism”, in order to disrupt and denaturalize discrete racial categories that are re-produced in contemporary South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington and MA degrees in Cinema Studies and Dramatic Art from New York University and the University of the Witwatersrand respectively. His short film cane/cain premiered at the Durban International Film Festival and the 3rd i San Francisco South Asian International Film Festival in 2011. The film has also screened at the Film Africa (2011) festival and at symposiums/conferences in the U.S. and South Africa. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon (U.S.A) and is working on a book that examines political culture, racial formations, and the violence of normativity in contemporary South Africa. He is the co-editor of two books on South African cinema, we remember differently: Race, Memory, Imagination (2012), and Mzansi at the Movies: Cinema and Film Culture in Contemporary South Africa (forthcoming). 

Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Re-membering: Memory, Intimacy, Archive
Main, Mezzanine and Media Galleries