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Liese van der Watt

Date and Place of Birth 07.18.1969, South Africa

Nationality South African

Current Address 45 Canfield Gardens NW6 3JL London

Telephone Number 0044 2089 303522(h) 00 44 7988889403 (m)

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2014-present Part time art critic and copy editor for Contemporary&

2013-present Research Associate in the Research Centre,

Visual Identities Art and Design, University of Johannesburg

2007-present Independent writer and researcher, London

2006-2007 Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies

Department of Historical Studies

University of Cape Town

2003 -2006 Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies

Department of Historical Studies

University of Cape Town

May 2003 PhD in Art History and Criticism

State University of New York at Stony Brook

New York, NY 11794-5400

Thesis title The Many Hearts of Whiteness: Dis/Investing in Whiteness through South African Visual Culture

Advisor Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff
June 1996 Master’s degree in History of Art

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Thesis title Art, Gender Ideology and Afrikaner Nationalism: A History of the Voortrekker Monument Tapestries

Advisor Prof Sandra Klopper

1993 BA Honours in History of Art

University of Cape Town

1999-2001 Fulbright Scholarship for PhD study in the USA

2001-2002 Goldberger Fellowship for best Graduate Student in Art History and Criticism, SUNY Stony Brook.

Summer 2001 School for Criticism and Theory scholarship, Cornell University, Summer 2001.

2001 College of Arts and Sciences grant, SUNY Stony Brook.

Chapters in Books

  1. Myth, trauma and memory in the Angolan landscapes of Jo Ractliffe, forthcoming in Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies, Marsha Meskimmon and Marion Arnold, (eds), Liverpool University Press, 2016.

  2. Imagination in Crisis: Displaced Subjects, Virtual Communities, in Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (ed.), Dis-Location / Re-Location - Exploring Alienation and Identity in South Africa, Publishers: David Krut Publishing, 2009

  3. Art, Gender Ideology and Afrikaner Nationalism: A Case Study, in Arnold, Marion and Brenda Schmahmann (eds.) From Union to Liberation, 1910-1994, Ashgate Publishers, 2005, pp 94-110. (ISBN 0 7564 3240 7)

  4. 1Charting change, contesting masculinities: whiteness in postapartheid popular visual culture, in Van Eeden, Jeanne and Amanda du Preez (eds) South African Visual Culture, Van Schaik Publishers, 2005, pp 119-132. (ISBN 0 627 02598 6).

  5. 2Imagining Alternative White Masculinities: Steven Cohen’s Living Art, in Distiller, Natasha and Steyn, Melissa (eds.) Under Construction: Performances of Race in South Africa, Heineman Publishers, 2004, pp 120-134. (ISBN 079621 4786)

  6. 3Shifting the self, contesting the body: the art of Berni Searle, in Jackson, Tessa (ed.) Artes Mundi, Seren and Artes Mundi, 2004, pp 68-74. (ISBN 1085411-369-0)

  7. Unhomely Places / Uncanny Knowledges: The art of Minnette Vàri, in Neubauer, Susanne (ed.) Minnette Vàri, Museum of Art, Lucerne, 2004, pp 30-36 (ISBN 3-267-00145-5).

  8. Identity’s lack, Identity’s excess: Two Works by Berni Searle and Minnette Vàri, in Bedford, Emma (ed.) A Decade of Democracy, Double Storey Books and Iziko Museums, Cape Town, 2004, pp 120-127. (ISBN 1-919930-50-7)

  9. Towards an ‘Adversarial Aesthetics’: a Personal Response to Personal Affects, in Perryer, Sophie (ed.) Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African art, Museum for African Art, New York, 2004, pp 45-56. (ISBN 0-945802-42-0)

In Accredited Journals

  1. Reframing the Afrikaner Subject: The Visual Grammar of David Goldblatt and Roelof van Wyk, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies , July-October 2014.

  2. Ask no questions, hear no lies: Staying on Die Antwoord’s surface. Part III of a Roundtable on Die Antwoord, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 13 (3-4), July-October 2012, pp 409-416.

  3. Witnessing trauma in Post-apartheid South Africa, African Arts, Vol XXXVIII, nr 3, Autumn 2005, pp 26-25, 93. (ISSN 0001-9933, ISBN 0-97626-18-3-9)

  4. Tracing Berni Searle, African Arts, Vol XXXVII, nr 4, Winter 2004, pp. 74-79, 96 (ISSN 0001-9933, ISBN 0-97626-18-3-9)

  5. Do bodies matter? Performance vs. Performativity, de arte 70, November 2004, pp.3-10.

  6. Exiting Whiteness: Unthinking Race, Imagining Different Paradigms, Current Writing 16 (2) 2004, 92-120. (ISSN 1013-929X)

  7. Disappearing Acts: The art of Bernie Searle, 22-28 in Art South Africa, vol 1 (4), Winter 2003.

  8. Making Whiteness Strange: Some Thoughts on White Identity in Postapartheid South African Art, Third Text 56, Autumn 2001, pp.63-74

  9. The Comradely Ideal and the Volksmoeder Ideal: Uncovering Gender Ideology in the Voortrekker Tapestry, South African Historical Journal, May 1999, pp 91-110.

  10. Savagery and Civilisation: Race as a Signifier of Difference in Afrikaner Nationalist Art, de arte, 55, April 1997, pp 36-47.

  11. The Voortrekker Tapestry: Reconstituting Identity and Status, Image and Text, 5, August 1995, pp 22-26.

  12. Thomas Baines and the Colonisation of Space, de arte, 48, September 1993, pp 22-32.

Non-accredited Journals and Art Magazines

  1. Africa outside the Ghetto, Art South Africa, December 2013, pp 61-63.

  2. The Subversive Stitch: Focus on Nicholas Hlobo, Kaleidoscope, Alessio Ascari (ed.) 15, Summer 2012, pp. 86-93.

  3. 4The changing face of African art - from “primitivism” to contemporary production, Bonhams Magazine, Spring 2009, issue 18.

  4. The Opposite of Everyday. Wim Botha’s Acts of Translation. Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art 22, Summer 2008.

Mini-monograph exhibition catalogues

  1. The opposite of everyday: Wim Botha’s acts of translation, Wim Botha Annual Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art, Perryer, Sophie (ed), Standard Bank and National Arts Council, Michael Stevenson, 2005 pp5-13. (ISBN 0-620-34440-7)

  2. The interiorised world of Philip Willem Badenhorst. Catalogue essay for Belgium-based painter Philip Badenhorst, October 2004, to coincide with the opening of his solo show in Japan and San Francisco in 2005.

Art Reviews
Various exhibition reviews and artist interviews for subject journals such as Contemporary&, Art South Africa, Art Africa, Kaleidoscope
Recent Book reviews

  1. Visualising AIDS and Grieving. Book review of Impossible Mourning. HIV/AIDS and Visuality after Apartheid by Kylie Thomas, African Arts, 2015


  1. The complex politics of intervening in the Colonial Archive: Representing King Shaka Zulu’s masculinity, ECAS Conference, Paris, July 2015.

  2. A tale of two cities: Luanda through the eyes of photographers Jo Ractliffe and Michael MacGarry, ACASA Conference, New York, March 2014

  3. Stitching subversively; or forging a space for non-normative Xhosa identities- Recent Works by Nicholas Hlobo. Subversive Stitch, Victoria and Albert Museum, 29-30 November 2013

  4. What? How? and Why? A case study of Afrikaans rock group Die Antwoord, SAVAH Conference, Cape Town, September 2013

  5. Stuck on the wrong side of history? Contested settlements in the photographs of Jo Ractliffe, Land Divided Conference, hosted by PLAAS, University of Cape Town, July 2013.

  6. Reframing the Afrikaner Subject: the visual "grammar" of David Goldblatt and Roelof van Wyk, Figures & Fictions: The Ethics and Poetics of Photographic Depictions of People, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, June 2011

  7. Post-identity? New trends in South African art. Crossroads Cultural Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2006

  8. March 2004: The more things change, the more they stay the same? Assessing change in postapartheid South Africa,’ Panel chair at Triennial Conference of ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association), Harvard University, Cambridge MA, March 2004.

  9. Sept 2003: Imagining White Masculinities: Steven Cohen’s Living Art, Annual Conference of the South African Association of Art Historians, Stellenbosch, September 2003.

  10. Trauma, Testimony and Performative Witnessing: Exploring White identity in Contemporary South African Art, Triennial Conference of ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association), St Thomas Virgin Islands, April 2001.


  • Ongoing: Based here in London, I have been asked to speak on various aspects of Contemporary African art at panel discussions and artists’s talks at institutions such as INIVA, Institute of Contemporary Art, 1:54 African Art Fair, TATE Modern

  • Ongoing: Reviewer for various scholarly publication

  • I have been an external examiner for various PHD candidates at South African Universities:I have acted as an external reviewer for the South African NRF rating process of scholars in Art History.

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