Anja Venter is fascinated by the intersection of art, culture and technology and has stubbornly evaded a singular job title, remixing the avenues available to her to forge a creative career that blends these domains. She studied 4 years of visual communication at Stellenbosch University and has since ‘made pictures’ for a variety of platforms and purposes, from client work to comics, to games and apps. In 2011 she returned to university to complete her Masters degree in Media studies with a focus on video game culture in marginal settings. She is currently working towards a Microsoft-sponsored PhD which looks at how creative tools, particularly those on mobile, can assist in democratising visual design capabilities.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Anja will detail her journey from aspiring illustrator to digital libertarian and venture some “advice” for other unruly women who aren’t discipline-conforming. Her journey starts in Bellville, takes a turn in Stellenbosch, London and Johannesburg, and ends on the margins of Cape Town, where calls for decolonisation have inspired her to pursue projects that centre around digital disruptions and creative resistance.
Dope Saint Jude
Catherine Pretorius is a media innovator from the Cape Flats who, under her artist name Dope Saint Jude, uses the medium of music and film to explore dynamics of race, gender, sexuality and class. She began rapping as a teenager by writing her own lyrics over other artist’s songs and, while studying politics and public policy at UCT, she founded Cape Town’s first drag king troupe Bros B4 Ho’s as a way to challenge gender norms through performance. Today as a solo artist Dope Saint Jude is represented by the Ross Boss Label and will be releasing her debut EP in October.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Dope Saint Jude will be performing, and speaking about using Hip Hop as a tool for social change.
Penny Siopis studied Fine Arts at Rhodes University and Portsmouth Polytechnic in the UK. She taught art at the Technikon, Natal in Durban from 1980 to 1983. In 1984 she took up a lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where she worked until 2010. During this time she was also visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds, UK (1992-3), and visiting professor in Fine Arts at Umeå University in Sweden (2000) as part of an inter-institutional exchange. She is currently honorary professor at Michaels School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She is the recipient of many awards and has exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally. Her work is well represented in South African and international collections.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Penny will speak about how she worked with curator Ernestine White to put together her retrospective exhibition, Time and Again, which opened at the South African National gallery in 2014 and was shown at the Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg earlier this year. She will reflect on some of the issues involved in selecting work from a prolific and diverse creative production of painting, installation and film spanning a period of over 35 years.
A founding producer at Fly on the Wall; Filipa Domingues brings her unique organisational and motivational skills to everything the collective does. She has two feature documentaries as Executive Producer behind her (The African Cypher 2012 and Fokofpolisiekar 2009) as well as numerous ‘big budget’ commercials for local and international brands and agencies. Filipa is also a highly regarded stills photographer. Her photographic work, under the pseudonym Suicide Monkey, has been featured on the cover of a number of magazines and as full page spreads in National Geographic Magazine.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Filipa will be speaking about starting Fly on the Wall, incorporating her experience as a female working in the film industry.
Didintle Ntsie is a co-founder and project co-ordinator of 100in1day Cape Town, the first ever African representative and winner of The Big Blog Exchange and founder of The Travelling Speech Bubble. When she’s not encouraging people to take ownership of public spaces you can find her hosting interesting discussions that are bound to leave you with some juicy questions and new ways of seeing the world around you.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Didintle will touch on the importance of creative expression and art in public space; the intersection of urbanism, social justice, activism, and creativity in post-apartheid South Africa; the magic of public spaces and what we have learnt from the rest of the world; and the very unique context of public spaces and art in Africa.
Talia Sanhewe is an award-winning reporter, director and producer who has worked as the Cape Town reporter for CNBC Africa, and at BBC World Service, CNN International, Forbes Africa Magazine and Oprah Magazine. Talia has interviewed heads of state, celebrities, entrepreneurs and captains of industry. She has reported live from the World Economic Forum on Africa, and contributed to reporting for CNBC Europe. In 2009, Talia won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year in the Television News Category, for her award-winning piece focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention through social entrepreneurship. She has used her extensive broadcasting experience to launch Talia Productions, an innovative television production & digital publishing company.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Talia will speak about the power of being brave – a story of opportunity in unlikely places.
Hannerie Visser worked in the magazine industry for nearly 15 years as Group Publisher of titles such as Woolworths Taste and VISI magazines, before co-founding The President creative agency. In 2013, she started Studio H, a multi-disciplinary, culinary-minded design studio focusing on experience design and strategic brand consultation.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Hannerie will be talking about the science of experience design, illustrating through various multi-sensory experiments how our senses are influenced by perception.
Sethembile Msezane (Video)
Sethembile Msezane is currently reading towards a Masters in Fine Art at UCT, where she interrogates issues of identity through the mind of a 90s born millennial South African black woman whose world is shaped by her background in the ‘New South Africa’. She re-imagines various mythological and historical characters such as Chapungu – The Day Rhodes Fell (2015). During this project she maps out how popular culture informs constructions of history and mythmaking, and ultimately addresses the absence of the (black) female body in the monumentalisation of public spaces. Sethembile has been selected as one of the top 10 Sasol New Signatures Finalists. She is also part of the 100 Barclays L’Atelier competition finalists (2015). Her most well-known work is perhaps her Public Holiday Series, which you can read about here.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference we will be showing an exclusive recorded presentation in which Sethembile speaks about her practise showing examples of her fascinating work.
Nkuli Mlangeni was born in Kagiso in the West of Johannesburg. She has a background in the creative arts and has previously contributed to numerous publications as a stylist. She is currently studying at the Kaospilots school in Switzerland focusing on creative leadership, process design and social innovation. Nkuli is the founder of The Ninevites, a platform she uses to tell stories and collaborate with other creatives.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Nkuli will share her experience working with post release prisoners on a project called Young In Prison and how that has inspired her research on how to combine creativity, alternative rehabilitation and healing for her final year project.
Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist whose books include Zoo City, Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls and Moxyland. Her work has been translated into 26 languages, been optioned for film adaptations and have scooped several major international awards including the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the August Derleth Prize. Stephen King, George RR Martin and Gillian Gone Girl Flynn rate her work and she’s got great reviews in the New York Times, NPR, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. She also writes comics and screenplays and has a creator-owned horror comic called Survivors’ Club coming out in October from Vertigo, together with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly. She lives in Cape Town with her daughter. She has not met Leonardo diCaprio, even though his production company has bought the film rights for The Shining Girls.
At the 10and5 Creative Women conference Lauren will be talking about her career from journalism to kids cartoons to dark comics for grown-ups, writing Wonder Woman, and award-winning genre-bending novels that twist reality, where ideas come from and how critical research is to her process – as is giving back.