SUN. April 16, at 3PM | “Creating Art From Conflict” with Professor April Sizemore-Barber (Women'
HOLLY BASS is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and the South African State Theatre. Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, she currently directs year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally.
Paul Landau is a historian of Africans in colonial Africa. His first book, The Realm of the Word, about a nineteenth century kingdom, was based on colonial archives, Setswana letters, and oral traditions gathered in Botswana. His recent book, Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400 to 1948, is a grand revision of the story of South Africa’s politics, tracing Africans’ 20th-century hybrid mobilizations back to pre-colonial forms of alliance and ranking. Currently, Prof. Landau focuses on twentieth-century radicalisms, that of Liberal groups, the African National Congress, the Communist Party, and Umkhonto weSizwe, the Spear of the Nation. The eventual book will be called Spear: Nelson Mandela and the South African Revolution, 1960–64. Prof. Landau is coeditor of the African Historical Review (Pretoria) since 2010, and a Fellow in Historical Studies at the University of Johannesburg since 2011.
April Sizemore-Barber's research is located at the intersection of performance, queer, and Africana studies, and has been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, and Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies. has previously held appointments at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently working on her first book, Queer South African Performances and the Fragmentation of the Rainbow Nation.