[Translate to English:] Nomusa Makhubu. Courtesy of the lecturer

Smashing Wor(l)ds: Performative Lab



Building new vocabularies of resistance
Screening, lectures, performative interventions
2nd part of the lab by Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Partner of the STUDIO CONCEPTUAL ART /IBK/Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is DEPOT.

online via zoom

Invited guest lecture organized by the Conceptual Art Studio/ IBK/ Prof. Marina Grzinic, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Nomusa Makhubu (South Africa)
Associate Professor - Art History and Visual Culture

Lecture title: Belly of the Beast – Disobedience, Decoloniality and Class Struggle

The question of class remains central to the Southern African Decolonial movements and Fallism, globally. Through a discussion of activist art interventions, this lecture addresses the moments of class solidarity within the context of neoliberal institutions. It also focusses on how institutions frame ' [civil] disobedience'.

Nomusa Makhubu is an associate professor in Art History and deputy dean of transformation in Humanities at the University of Cape Town. She was the recipient of the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award in 2006 and the Prix du Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Le Fresnoy in 2014. She received the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) African Humanities Program fellowship award and was an African Studies Association (ASA) Presidential fellow in 2016. In 2017, she was also a UCT-Harvard Mandela fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research, Harvard University. Recognising the need for mentorship and collaborative practice in socially responsive arts, she founded the Creative Knowledge Resources project. She co-edited a Third Text Special Issue: ‘The Art of Change’ (2013) and co-curated with Nkule Mabaso the international exhibition, Fantastic, in 2015 and The stronger we become in 2019 at the 58th Venice Biennale in Italy.


Organized in collaboration with the Performative Digital LAB of the project “Smashing Wor(l)ds: Cultural Practices for re/Imagining & un/Learning Vocabularies,” supported by Creative Europe programme of the European Union. and led by kulturen in bewegung, an initiative by VIDC, Vienna.