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Writer, artist, teacher

Nomusa Makhubu is currently reading towards a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture. She has also practiced as an artist and has had artworks exhibited in South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Swaziland and Reunion Island after receiving the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award in 2006 as well as the Rhodes Amnesty International Woman of the Year Award (Art). She was nominated as the presenting artist for the Business Day: Business and Art South Africa (BASA) Awards in 2008 and was awarded the Purvis Prize for Academic Achievement in Fine Art, Rhodes University. Makhubu became an Abe Bailey fellow in 2008 which involved a travel bursary to the United Kingdom and aims to effect co-operation and understanding among those with various language and cultural backgrounds. Funded by the Würth Scholarship, her M.A. research focussed on politics of identity and sexuality where she interrogated the notion of traditionalism. She has presented research papers nationally and internationally (SAVAH – South African Visual Art Historians, ACASA – Arts Council of the African Studies Association at UCLA, ACS – Association for Cultural Studies) examining visual politics in contemporary South African art. In 2010, she completed her fellowship with the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) in Nigeria. Her current research focuses on African Popular Culture.