• 13 April 2020
  • Workshop

KZNSA invites aspiring art writers to apply to participate in a critical writing workshop with Art Historian and Director of ASAI, Mario Pissarra.


The workshop will explore the purpose and contexts for critical writing on visual arts, along with discussions on the research and writing process. Participants will be assigned writing briefs, based on a discussion and critique of artworks featured in the Young Artists Programme exhibition curated by Greer Valley.

Mario Pissarra is an art historian and the founding director of the Africa South Art Initiative (http://asai.co.za). He holds a PhD (Sociology, UCT) for a thesis on Mozambican artist Malangatana and the aesthetics of decolonisation. His editing credits include Visual Century: South African art in context, 1907-2007 (Wits Press, 2011) and Awakenings: the art of Lionel Davis (ASAI, 2017), as well as the online journal Third Text Africa. His writing has appeared in the journals Third Text and Critical Interventions, the magazines Art South Africa, Farafina and The Big Issue, newspapers Mail & Guardian and Cape Times, and websites Artthrob and ASAI, among others. He has also authored essays for catalogues, notably ReVisions (Unisa Press, 2006), as well as been the principal author for several catalogues. He is the author of Against the Grain, a study of wood sculptors in the Western Cape (ASAI, 2013), and co-authored a textbook on art and design (Juta, 2005). Mario has lectured in African art history at UCT and the University of Stellenbosch, and curated (or co-curated) several exhibitions, including for the SA National Gallery, Durban Art Gallery, KZNSA, AVA, and Sanlam. Current projects include essays on Mduduzi Xakaza and Mthobisi Maphumulo for a new book project he is directing and editing for ASAI, and a catalogue essay on Malangatana for the Art Institute of Chicago.


How to apply: Submit a one-page letter of motivation and/or a writing sample (1000 words max) to gallery@kznsagallery.co.za

Dates of workshops to be announced, once COVID-19 lockdown is over. 

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