WORKS: Natasha Becker – Curatorial Work

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

RADICAL LOVE
Group Show, Ford Foundation for Social Justice Art Gallery, New York, NY
https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/ford-foundation-gallery-radical-love-1612009

PERILOUS BODIES
Group Show, Ford Foundation for Social Justice Art Gallery, New York, NY
https://afropunk.com/2019/02/art-exhibit-curators-of-color-utopianimaginationper- ilous-bodies-ford-foundation/

INTERIOR LANDSCAPES
Group Show, Assembly Room, New York, NY
http://assemblyroom.nyc/current-exhibtion/

2018

MULTIPLICITIES
Group Show, Assembly Room, New York, NY
https://hyperallergic.com/468273/assembly-room-curatorial-collective/

WHAT CAN BE SEEN
Group Show, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY
https://www.contemporaryand.com/magazines/the-collective-unearthingcensored- scenes-from-postwar-italian-cinema/

2017

DIALOGUES IN DRAWING
Group Show, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
https://www.artsy.net/show/jenkins-johnson-gallery-dialogues-in-drawing#

AMERICANAH
Group Show, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-16-curators-watch-springbreak

WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Solo Show and Civic Dialogues, Constitution Hill Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
https://www.contemporaryand.com/magazines/justice-under-the-spotlight/

2016

SHIRIN NESHAT: DREAMERS
Solo Show, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa,
http://www.goodman-gallery.com/exhibitions/624

SUE WILLIAMSON: THE PAST LIES AHEAD
Solo Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
http://www.goodman-gallery.com/exhibitions/611

2015

RUBY AMANZE ONYINYECHI: SALT WATER
Solo Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
http://www.goodman-gallery.com/exhibitions/590

EDGE OF SILENCE
Group Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
http://www.goodman-gallery.com/exhibitions/573

SPEAKING BACK
Group Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
http://www.goodman-gallery.com/exhibitions/559

Wikipedia Workshops

Our workshops are open to everyone who is interested to learn about editing Wikipedia, our focus is on increasing the number of Wikipedia entries presenting women-of-colour artists from different fields of creative and cultural production. We are collaborating with experienced Wikipedia editors or representatives of Wikimedia South Africa to facilitate workshops and give recommendations about our work.

Participants will learn how to create and upload new articles or to expand existing entries. We will draw from research generated by the Art on our Mind research project and participants will work together creating and expanding Wikipedia entries on artists and creatives. To prepare, please identify an artist or artist group whose entry you want to create or expand. Please bring your laptop as we will work online, editing and creating entries. 

Read an article in The Guardian what Wikimedia is doing about the fact that women make up only 15-20% of the editors on Wikipedia. [pdf here]

Art on our Mind received a Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grant from July 2019 to June 2020, which helped facilitate our meetings.

Current Art on our Mind Wikipedia Workshops

Due to the current pandemic, all physical Wikipedia Workshops were moved online.
We are currently collarborating with different institutions, training staff, creatives and the public:

Johannesburg Art Gallery Wikipedia Workshops
https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Johannesburg_Art_Gallery/JAG_Wikipedia_Workshops

Phototool Wikipedia Workshops
https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Phototool/Phototool_Wikipedia_Workshops_(March_2020)

Bridge Books Edit-a-thons
https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Bridge_Books/ArtAndFeminism2020_(February_2020)/home

Coordination of AOOM Wikipedia Workshops

We make use of a Wikimedia platform AOOM Wikipedia Workshops to coordinate our work, find more information here: 

Past workshops

Wikipedia Workshop at Phototool
Thursday, 5 March, 10-15h

The Wikipedia workshops at Phototool are run in collaboration with Art on our Mind, aiming to enable participants to upload new articles or to expand on existing entries. Phototool has been running a research project since 2016, entitled “Survey of Photography Training and Learning Initiatives on the African Continent” which plots a map of the photography training and learning initiatives that are currently operating in African coutries.
In the workshop, we engaged with the research material which was generated by the project and participants learned how to generate references for Wikipedia entries. Participants also identified photographers/artists/creatives whose entry they helped to create or expand (individually or in group work).

Find more information here:
https://www.phototool.co.za/blog/2020/3/11/wikipedia-workshop
https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Phototool/Phototool_Wikipedia_Workshops_(March_2020).
http://survey.phototool.co.za/about.html
https://www.phototool.co.za/blog/2016/10/27/survey-of-photography-learning-initiatives-on-the-african-continent

Bridge Books Edit-a-thon
Wednesday, 26 February 16h, 90 Commissioner Street.
The Bridge Books Edit-a-thons are run in collaboration with Art on our Mind, focussing on women fiction writers. They are convened in collaboration with art+feminism, more information here:
https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Bridge_Books/ArtAndFeminism2020_(February_2020)/home

Oral Histories Workshop
Wednesday, 5 February, 9-13h
Seminar Room 207, 2nd floor, Robert Sobukwe Block.

The Art On Our Mind Wikipedia group joined the Orientation Workshop by the Wits History Workshop as part of our work around Oral Citations in Wikipedia entries. More information about the use of oral citations in Wikipedia here:
Oral Citations research project
People are Knowledge. Exloring alternative methods of citation on Wikipedia
When Knowledge Isn’t Written, Does It Still Count?

African Feminisms (Afems ) Wikipedia panel discussion
Saturday, 7 September 2019, 16h, Wits Graduate School
Find out more about African Feminisms (Afems) or register here.

As Wikipedia enters the voting age this year, we will look a bit closer at the online encyclopedia’s accountability and in terms of its race, gender, sexuality and other bias, to inquire what programmes are in place to educate and decolonise this space of global knowledge collection. For this panel, Afems has invited Wikimedia South Africa director Bobby Shabangu and Wiki Loves Women co-founder Isla Haddow-Flood to speak about recent efforts of Wikimedia South Africa to change the way the online spaces frame what is “knowlege” who has access and who owns it.

Bobby Shabangu is Wikimedia ZA director of projects since 2013. His editing activities on Wikipedia focus on the African continent and the Joburgpedia project which involves several institutions. He organises workshops for Wikipedia training and is part of the Community Process Steering Committee for the Wikimedia Foundation working on formulating the 2030 Movement strategy.

Isla Haddow-Flood is a writer, editor and project strategist who is passionate about harnessing communication technology and media platforms for the advancement of open access to knowledge; specifically, knowledge that relates to and enhances the understanding of Africa via the Open Movement (and especially Wikipedia). Since 2011, Isla has been working with members of the WikiAfrica movement to conceptualise and instigate #OpenAfrica, Kumusha Bus and WikiEntrepreneur. She is the co-leader of projects such as Wiki Loves Africa (an annual photographic contest), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalists in Africa collecting freely-licensed content). In 2016, Isla has co-lead the NGO Wiki In Africa to instigate Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia) and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).  She also volunteers her time to the Wikimedia Movement’s strategy process by being a Working Group member for Advocacy and is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Annual Plan Grant committee.

Wikipedia edit-a-thon
Friday, 23 August 2019, 15h, Wits Writing Centre

Wikimedia Strategy 2030: Capacity Building and Diversity
2 August 2019, 15h, Wits Writing Centre

More than 20 participants came to engage in discussions during the Wikipedia Salon with Wikimedia ZA director Bobby Shabangu, focussing on two areas chosen by Wikimedia South Africa for the discussion of the Wikipedia 2030 strategy: Capacity Building and Diversity.

From the invite: Many people use Wikipedia as their first point of reference for their school research projects and general update on daily subject topics. The Wikimedia Foundation which runs Wikipedia would like to find out from you through a workshops which will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, how can they improve Wikipedia’s user interaction and how can they support content contribution so that it represent the diverse people who reads it, it’s a movement strategy which they aim to reach by year 2030 where Wikimedia content represents everyone who consumes and contributes to it. This will not be edit workshops but Salon Strategy where participants will discuss and take a short survey afterwards. So, we would like to invite you to take part in this Salon Strategy Survey. Over the next months Wikipedians around the world will be getting together to be part of this survey, so any ideas you have are very important to us. Come through! Even if you want to listen to how the conversation is going.

Poster: Senzeni Marasela Creative Dialogue

An Art on our Mind CREATIVE DIALOGUE with Senzeni Marasela.
26 April  |  16.30h  |  2018
Seminar Room  |  School of Fine Arts  |   Somerset Street
Grahamstown, South Africa

An Art on our Mind Creative Dialogue with Senzeni Marasela.

WORKS: Shelley Barry – Film

Exhibitions and Screenings (selection)

2019

Here (VR dance film installation, South Africa, 10mins) 
Presented at: Immersive Africa Exhibition – A Collection of 360° Narratives
Works by work by Nyasha Kadandara, Shelley Barry and Nirma Madhoo.
Isivivana Center in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
10-13 December 2019
Curated by Electric South

Presented at: In Frame – A 360 Film Exhibition
23 November 2019-11 January 2020
TMRW Gallery, Rosebank

Second Creativate Digital Arts Festival at the National Arts Festival
Makhanda, 27 June to 7 July 2019
National Arts Festival 2019 #1, #2, #3

2010

An Evening With Shelley Barry

28 April 2010, New York University, 19 University Place, 1st Fl theater. Room 102.
Part of the disTHIS! Film Series, a project of the Disabilities Network of NYC in association with the New York University Council for the Study of Disability, a monthly showcase of festival quality independent and international short, documentary and feature films with disability themes audiences are unlikely to see elsewhere.
Film director Shelley Barry @ NYU, Sean Jacobs, Africasacrountry

2007

Umbilical Cord (rehearsal documentation)
Presented at: eVokability: The Walking Project
14, 15, 16 June 2007
Dance Theatre Workshop Studio
219 West 19th Street, NYC 10011

22 & 23 June 2007
Spirit Wind Studio
213 New St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Selected Filmography

2019

Here (VR dance film installation, South Africa, 10mins) 
Premiere at the Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival, 6-8 December 2019
The Old Town Hall Stratford Broadway London E15 4BQ, IMDB

2018

Re:incarnation (video poetry) 
A woman longs for her lover she has spent lifetimes with. 

Presented at Latitudes Art Fair 2020

Out of Reach (video poetry) 
The city is out of reach for people with disabilities. 

Ink/Visible 
A writer contemplates how writing counters invisibility. 

2015

Keep in Touch

This fast paced, edgy music documentary celebrates the rise of Dope St Junde, a young, gender queer hip- hop star and all the challenges she faces in their quest for success.

Review:
Staff writer (2015) Feminist Filmmaker Meets Boss Bitch Rapper. thejournalist 18 June 2015. Available online here.

2014

I’m Not Done Yet
A tribute to artist, activist and writer, Charlene Maslamoney who succumbed to cancer in 2013. The 48-minute documentary celebrates Charlene’s work.

Reviews:
Arts Writer (2015) Filmmaker Barry’s new work inspires hope. Cape Times 21 May 2015. Available online here.
Cornelius, Jerome (2015) Film on activist’s cancer journey to touch patients’ lives. Times Live (7 August 2015). Available online here.
Lewis, Desiree (2015) Gender, feminism and food studies. African Security Review, 24(4): 414-429. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2015.1090115
Available online here.

Diaries of a Dissident Poet (shortened documentary feature) 
Tracing the story of Dr James Matthews who used poetry to fight against the struggle and save his own life. 
Selected and sold out: Encounters Documentary Film Festival.

2013

Mr Shakes the Passion to Live (shortened documentary feature) 
A story of disco, cancer, tik. And Jesus. 
Selected and sold out: Encounters Documentary Film Festival 

Trailer: Mr Shakes – the passion to live

2011

Place of Grace (in collaboration with Gerard Samuel) 
The dance of love and betrayal. 
Funded by GIPCA, UCT, screened at UCT School of Dance on 9 April 2011

2007

Where We Planted Trees 
The story of nostalgia for a house taken away during the group areas act in Port Elizabeth. 
Best Documentary: Diamond Screen film festival, Philadelphia 

New York/New Brighton (short fiction)
Two young girls across the oceans (Port Elizabeth and New York) dream of meeting Mandela and Yemaya. 

2006

Cry Like the Loons (experimental documentary)
A car accident transforms a holiday experience.

Str/oll (experimental documentary)
A woman in a wheelchair explores the streets of Manhattan. 

Umbilical Cord 
A revisioning of Frida Kahlo’s painting “What the water gave me” 

2005

Retrato/Portrait (short fiction) 
Portraits from the life of a transwoman reflecting on her transition and her fractured relationship with her mother. 

Presented at Latitudes Art Fair 2020
Watch preview on Vimeo:

Inclinations (short fiction) 
Co-directed with Jen Simmons 
A writer faces blocks in writing and in love. 
Extensive screenings worldwide. 
Purchased by MTV in 2007 Selected as top 10 click list on MTV’s online film site. 

Where are my Heels? (experimental documentary) 
A two year old girl in Puerto Rico takes over a party. 

Pants? Skirt? Lipstick? 
Queer couples and their friends plot a night of fooling immigration for a green card, during the Presidency of George Bush. 
Selected for screening at The San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 

2004

Whole: A Trinity of Being (experimental documentary) 
Three experimental shorts which deal with sexuality, visibility, and voice from the perspective of a wheelchair user who turns the camera on herself to celebrate love and survival. Including Pin Pricks, Voice/Over and Entry (Source: African Film Festival New York)

Best Film: Superfest: California
Best Narrative Short: Philadelphia Festival of Independents
Best Experimental Film: Breaking Barriers Festival: Moscow
Best Experimental Film: Projections 2: Canada
Spirit of Independence Award: Brooklyn (New York) International Disability Film Festival 
Jurors Citation Award: Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Pennsylvania Association of Graduate Schools 
Audre Lorde scholarship award for media production 
Television Acquisition: WYBE, DUTV (community tv stations USA) SABC, SA International festival screenings 

Presented at Latitudes Art Fair 2020
Watch preview on Vimeo

African Film Festival New York
International Movie Database

WORKS: Shelley Barry – Writing

Texts by Shelley Barry

Barry, Shelley (2013) Disability and desire: journey of a film-maker – life story. In: Ekine, Sokari (ed.) Queer African Reader. Nairobi, Dakar: Pambazuka Press.

Barry, Shelley (2011) The travelling poet. South Africa: British Council.

Barry, Shelley (2007) dipping inside elephantʼs eye. Presented at the 11th South African Womenʼs Arts Festival (SAWAF) 31 July – 12 August, The Playhouse, Durban.

Barry, Shelley (2006) Why this meeting is important. International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) presentation to the UN Small Arms Review Conference 26 June-7 July 2006. French here [download pdf here or here] Draft report of the meeting here.

Barry, Shelley (2006) Disability and desire: journey of a filmmaker. Feminist Africa 6: Subaltern Sexualities, 65-68.
[download pdf here]

Barry, Shelley (2005) voice/over. Sister Namibia 17:1, 31. [download pdf here]

Barry, Shelley, Deela Khan & Malika Ndlovu (eds.) (2003) Ink@ Boiling Point: A Selection of 21st Century Black Women’s Writing from the Southern Tip of Africa. Cape Town: WEAVE.

Barry, Shelley (2001) Strip. Surrender. Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity. African Feminisms One. No. 50, 128-130. [download pdf here]

Barry, Shelly (1998). Changing attitudes: an overview of awareness raising about disability in South Africa. Media Officer, Office on the Status of Disabled Persons, The Presidency, The Republic of South Africa.
Published in 2001 as: Changing attitudes: an overview of awareness raising about disability in South Africa. Disability World 9 [download pdf here].

INTERVIEWS/FEATURES: Shelley Barry

Passchier, Shmerah (2021) The Portfolio: Virtual-reality filmmaker Shelley Barry. Mail & Guardian 2 April 2021. Available online here [download pdf here]

Shelley Barry at Latitudes Art Fair 2020:
Whole – A Trinity of Being (2014)
Retrato/Portrait (2005)
Re:incarnation (2018)
As part of the group exhibition EMBODYING HIR-SELF, curated by Beathur Mgoza Baker.

Motsa, Sihle (2020) ‘Scars Should also be Crowned’: reflecting on Shelley Barry’s cinematic oeuvre. Africa South Art Initiative(ASAI). Available online here [dowload pdf here]

Staff Writer (2018) Paralysed by gangs. Fighting back with film. Beautiful News
[download pdf here]

Staff Writer (2018) How Barry’s disability never stopped her from making wonderful films. TimesLive, 28 March 2018. Available online here [download pdf here]

O’Reilly, Athina (2018) Film industry honour for ex-PE women. The Herald, 27 March 2018. Available online here [download pdf here]

Staff Writer (2015) Cape Town’s fearless females. A look at six trailblazing Mother City ladies. Cape Town Magazine
[download pdf here]

Staff Writer (2015) Feminist Filmmaker Meets Boss Bitch Rapper. The Journalist, 16 June 2015. Available online here [download pdf here]

Staff Writer (2015) Reader Profile – Scars, the body, survival…love for life. Rolling Inspiration. [download pdf here]

I am Woman. Shelley Barry. Season 2, Episode 17 (aired 28 July 2013)
Watch here, or here, [download pdf here]

Against All Odds. Award winning film-maker Shelly Barry reaches remarkable heights. ENCA 21 August 2013.
Watch here, or here.

Great Texts: Shelley Barry. GIPCA Projects 2010 (Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, now ICA) at UCT, 14 October 2010.

Filmmaker Shelley Barry will speak about her experiences and experiments in making films from a wheelchair and screen extracts of several short films in different genres reflecting on her process of creativity and production: Extracts will include, among others, a trilogy – Whole-A Trinity of Being, a documentary recounting survival of one of South Africa’s lesser-known wars, namely the ‘taxi wars’; Inclinations – a writer struggles to write erotica and deal with her personal life; Where are my heels? – a tribute to the spirit of a young girl child and Str/oll – a wheelchair user navigates the streets of Manhattan.
Find the content online: http://www.ica.uct.ac.za/GIPCA/projects/2010/GTBQSBarry

Listen to the presentation here:

Kgaboesele, Kitso (2006) Triumph. Shelley Barry – Trauma: Paralysed in a taxi shooting. Passion: Making real-life movies. Femina Issues 2517-2520.

You know that saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?’ Look at what these three women made from their traumatic experiences

REVIEWS: Shelley Barry

Fisher, Tyrone (2019) Creativate Digital Arts Festival: Something For The Insanely Curious. between 10 and 5 (online).
Available online here [download pdf here]

Moonsamy, Nedine (2019) The poetic revolution will not be anthologized. africasacountry September 2010 (online).
Available online here [download pdf here]

Kamaldien, Yazeed (2016) Cape poet urges universities to teach his work. Sunday Argus 27 March 2016.
Available online here [download pdf here]

2015 Two Short Films by South African filmmaker Shelley Barry at the Firehouse this April. Manhattan Neighbourhood Network (online).
Available online here [download pdf here]

Collison, Carl (2014) An ode to a dissident. Southern Suburbs Tatler, 12 June 2014
[download pdf here]

Jacobs, Sean (2010) Film director Shelley Barry @ NYU. africasacountry 28 April 2010 (online).
Available online here [download pdf here]

Tsumele, Edward (2008) Wits Arts and Literature Experience, 3-6 April 2008. Sowetan Live 3 April 2008 (online).
Available online here [download pdf here]

Willemse, Nicky (2007) Opposing worlds united on screen. Weekend Post (n.d.)
[download pdf here]

2005 disABILITIES Film Festival Archive, The Museum of disABILITY History, New York (online).
Available online here [download pdf here]

INTERVIEWS/FEATURES: Reshma Chhiba

Publications and interviews featuring Reshma Chhiba

Screaming, walk-in vagina at a former women’s prison
AFP news agency, 30 August 2013
A walk-in vagina has been installed at Johannesburg’s old women’s jail, to celebrate women’s month. Visitors are invited to enter the art work to a soundtrack of screaming and laughter, which represents the Hindu Goddess Kali.

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