Agency, Subjectivity, and Space in Modern/ Contemporary African Art

Thembinkosi Goniwe leads a lecture on Modern and Contemporary Art

Agency implies the ability to act and to create, potentially to produce a particular outcome. This talk discusses agency and subjectivity in light of art as a space in which ideas, experiences, desires, or dreams, and fantasies are imagined, expressed, conveyed, or represented. African artists, like other artists around the world, conceive and utilize their artworks as a space wherein their varying agencies and subjectivities are performed, played out, or negotiated. This lecture will discuss these thematic properties in relation to the importance of mobility and global exchanges in which African artists are implicated.

Thembinkosi Goniwe is an artist and art historian who has lectured at the University of Cape Town (UCT), University of the Witwatersrand, University of Fort Hare and Vaal University of
Technology. His artworks have been exhibited locally and internationally. He has contributed essays to various publications and has curated exhibitions in South Africa, the United States, Venice and Edinburgh. He holds an MFA from UCT as well as MA and PhD in History of Art from Cornell University.

Goniwe is currently a visiting researcher at the Wits School of Art and lectures Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University.