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40 Under 40 Africa

Athi Mongezeleli Joja

28 September 2020

Critic, Johannesburg

Athi Mongezeleli Joja has been one of the prominent voices of the new generation of art writers emerging in post-apartheid South Africa. He has an MFA from Wits University in Johannesburg, where he studied the writing of the late South African art critic Colin Richards. He has written for magazines and journals including Africanah, Artforum, Contemporary& and the Mail & Guardian. As a member of the arts collective Gugulective, Joja has also taken part in events such as the Creative Time Summit. He was the Andrew W. Mellon fellow at Northwestern University in 2018, where he collaborated with the art historian and critic Huey Copeland on a project to devise undergraduate and graduate courses – called ‘Appropriation and its Discontents’.

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