Southern Epistemologies

Lygia Clark, Espaço Modulado (1958)

Women in the South in Relation to Women in the North’ and ‘Women’s Voice in the North–South Dialogue

Nawal El Saadawi

Egyptian writer, doctor and activist, Nawal El Saadawi explores the topic of women in the South in relation to the North offering a feminist critique of Western aid and its impact on Africa.

The Museum, the Colony and the Planet: Territories of the Imperial Imagination

Arjun Appadurai

The museum is a project of the Western imperial imagination, what Appadurai refers to as ‘the still life of Empire’, in which the museum and colony are on opposite ends of the same conundrum.

Future Knowledges and Their Implication for the Decolonisation Project

Achille Mbembe

Mbembe asks whether academic institutions can be spaces of radical hospitality or whether they are simply sites of power?

Pillars of the Institution

In Situ: Stories of Johannesburg High-Rises

Mpho Mokgadi

In Situ: Stories of Johannesburg High-Rises reflects on the contemporary state of several key architectural structures in Johannesburg’s inner city.

The Museum as a Thinking Protocol: The Formation of the Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation

Clive Kellner

As a philanthropic initiative, JCAF’s mission is to foreground knowledge about and from the South as an epistemological framework.

Johannesburg as Refraction of Dissonant Times

Edgar Pieterse

The triangulating of inequality, environmental sustainability and political failure in Johannesburg as an aporia to that of artistic and creative examples from the Global South.

Agency and the Machine: Knowledge, Digitality and the Global South

Tegan Bristow

The bloom of knowledge in networks at this time benefits from transmission across the Global South of global digital networks.

Exhibition Making


Contemporary Female Identities in the Global South

The first exhibition in this theme explored distinct ways of representing the body by five women artists from the Global South: Bharti Kher, Nandipha Mntambo, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat and Berni Searle.


Liminal Identities in the Global South

The exhibition explored hybridity and resistance in the artistic practices of seminal women artists from Latin America, alongside artists from the MENA region, the African diaspora and South Africa.


Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South

The final exhibition in the trilogy presented the works of three pioneering women artists, Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), Amrita Sher-Gil (1913–1941) and Irma Stern (1894–1966).


Female Identities, Distances and Proximities
in the South–South Dialogue

Andrea Giunta

In her essay, Andrea Giunta begins with a series of piercing questions linked to the ways of narrating art history from modernity to contemporaneity in the Global South.