By Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA)
Wed, Apr 29. 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), Johannesburg

Please join us on Wednesday 29 April to hear the cultural terrorist Zebulon Dread!!! With an introduction by Reagon and Achal Prabhala. Zebulon Dread was born Elliot Josephs, in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town, and is now known as Swami Sitarama Dasa. He is best known for the artist-writer-persona he invented, Zebulon Dread, part of whose performance was producing and selling a hand-drawn, hand-produced zine called Hei Voetsek!. HV was an incendiary, in-your-face art and literature object that took no prisoners in its quest to purify South Africa of complacency; he pushed freedom to limits we can still look back on and wonder at today. Most importantly, he did this all by himself. He put himself out there and in there, and did it without the backing of a gallery, or a publisher, or any institution whatsoever. Read more about him here: Achal Prabhala is a writer from Bangalore, India; he is currently a Carnegie Resident Equity Scholar at Wits University (2015) and a contributing editor at Chimurenga. Gael Reagon is a contributing editor at Chimurenga in Cape Town. She started her career as an activist with the UDF in Mitchells Plain, where she is from. After working on a number of grassroots journalism initiatives in the 1980s, she joined the Association of Democratic Journalists as an executive. Her career highlights include working for the SABC's current affairs team, as well as being a part of the SABC's Special Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Committee proceedings, under Max du Preez. She served as the Arts & Culture Editor at the Cape Times for many years, and continues to write extensively in South African media.

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