The Secret Society of Publishers

The Secret Society of Publishers (SA)

Londiwe Mtshali (b. 1994) is a visual artist, writer and scholar. She is interested in Black women’s homeownership, memory, theories of personal identities, traditional practices, and politics of language. Mtshali works across the disciplines of installation, printmaking, video, photography, textile and text. She completed a NDip (Fine Art) at the Durban University of Technology and her BA (Visual Art) at the University of the Witwatersrand with distinction and is completing her MA (Visual Art) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Philiswa Lila (@lila_newearth) is a visual artist and researcher fascinated by the socially relevant and timely issues of authorship and agency. She is interested in memory work and theories of personal identities. Lila works across disciplines like painting, installation and performance art, which includes the use of  animal skin (sheep, goat and cow), beading, wood, paper, photography, video and poetry. Lila has a Masters in Art History from Rhodes University, an Honours in Curatorship from the University of Cape Town, a Project Management Certificate from Unisa and a B.Tech in Fine and Applied Arts from Tshwane University of Technology. 

Pebofatso Mokoena (b. 1993), completed his NDip (Visual Art) at the University of Johannesburg and his BA (Visual Art) at Wits with distinction. Mokoena is working toward the completion of his MAFA at Wits University. His painting practice emerges from backgrounds in drawing and printmaking. Formally underscored by precise mark-making and division of space, the artist explores ideas around the spatiality of our lived environment.

Fouad Asfour writes, teaches, publishes and facilitates writing in experimental writing research spaces. He was part of the Documenta 12 magazines editorial team, and initiated the independent publishing project Pole Pole Press. Asfour coordinated the international art education research network “Another Roadmap School” and currently works for the Black Feminist research project “Art On Our Mind” initiated by Dr Sharlene Khan at the Wits School of Arts. He has been facilitating creative writing groups in different contexts, and currently sounding out artists’ writing as studio practice in a creative research PhD at WSOA. He holds an MA in Linguistics from Vienna University, and an MA in Creative Writing at Makhanda University. In 2008, he was a grant recipient of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory

Ntuli’s work figures around fictional geographies, simulations, archives and representations. He explores these concerns through a collision between documentary and fiction using collages, performance and video installation. Ntuli’s work lends towards essayistic forms, written through a lens and investigating post-lens materiality within the production processes, he attempts to map the movement of images, not as isolated frames, but as a series of notes, pauses and ripples that cannot be captured. In his artistic practice, motion carries leakages and is often porous and nebulous. Through these concerns, he questions the format of lens-based media in telling historical events and situations within geopolitical imaginaries.