Zahira Asmal is the director of The City, a research, publishing and placemaking agency she founded in 2010. Her projects, through engagement and collaboration with governments, cultural institutions, architects, academics, and the public, seek to improve procurement processes and enhance the design of public infrastructure and spaces in South African cities. Asmal has presented her publications, and lectured on design, architecture and inclusive city making, at various forums across the globe. Her current project, See, explores contested urban histories, equal representation in the memorialisation of history and the construction of resilient postcolonial urban identities.
Nomusa Makhubu is a senior lecturer of art history at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Michaelis School of Fine Art, and has a PhD in art history from Rhodes University.
Makhubu’s research focuses on art interventionism, popular culture and social engagement in African visual art. Recognising the need for broader creative mentorship, collaborative practice and socially responsive arts pedagogy, her research is aimed at developing mechanisms for incorporating socially engaged curricula in the creative arts.
Margriet van der Waal, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, teaches cultural and literary studies in the Netherlands. Since September 2017 she is, next to lecturing in a European Studies programme at the University of Groningen, professor by special appointment in South African Literature, Culture and History at the University of Amsterdam.
Thulile Gamedze is an artist, activist, writer, and member of the collective iQhiya, based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently studying a Masters degree at the University of Cape Town, researching and practicing creative and experimental learning methodologies framed as urgent artistic and political interventions. She has published in local and international art-based publications and catalogues and activist news platforms. Her practice is concerned with education, mapping, writing and history, and how these things can operate and intervene with oppressive structural realities.
Jessica de Abreu is a board member at New Urban Collective which is a social entreprise that contributes to strengthen the socio-economic position of Black youths in the Netherlands. She is also co-founder of The Black Archives in Amsterdam, which is one of the first historical archives in the Netherlands that focuses on Black Dutch history, and beyond. As an activist, her work focuses on the field of the African Diaspora, anti-Black racism and intersectionality.
Jyoti Mistry is a filmmaker and Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in the Wits School of Arts (Johannesburg). She has taught at New York University; University of Vienna; Arcada University of Applied Science Polytechnic in Helsinki, ALLE Arts School at University of Addis Ababa and most recently at Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). In 2016, she was recipient of the International CILECT Teaching Award conferred by the International Association of film schools in recognition of her commitment to artistic research in film and innovative film pedagogy.
Mistry has been artist in residence at Netherlands Film Academy (Amsterdam), at California College of Arts (San Francisco), SACATAR (Brazil) and NIROX Foundation (Johannesburg) and was a visiting scholar at Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (Germany).
Simone Zeefuik is an Amsterdam based writer and organizer whose work focuses on imagery, representation, anti-Blackness, (digital) archives and the illegalized members of the Black communities in the Netherlands. In October 2016 she launched #RewriteTheInstitute. This voiceful, digital, as-we-grow archive critiques the language Dutch institutes use to describe Black people and our lives, communities, cultures, traditions, histories, current realities and/or futures.
The first digital archive she initiated, entered the Twittahrena in 2013 and carried the hashtag #BlackNL. The tag was used to file documents, articles and interviews that illustrate the lives and pasts of the Black communities in the Netherlands. Since then she co-initiated #DecolonizeTheMuseum and #UndocumentedNL. In a pre-hashtag life, Zeefuik founded literary platform RE:Definition (2008-2013) and she’s currently plotting a part deux of what shouldn’t be called a comeback.