Please join us for a conversation around live art on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 18:00 CAT

Neo Diseko

Lerato Shadi

Nelisiwe Xaba


The Bag Factory, a pioneering contemporary visual arts organisation in Johannesburg, currently celebrates its thirty year anniversary. Numerous acclaimed South African artists who specifically engage with live art have been resident artists at the Bag Factory.

The year 2021 also marks a decade after the project Alterating Conditions: Performing Performance Art in South Africa, which had emerged from Claudia Marion Stemberger’s curatorial residency at the Bag Factory in 2010-11. Hosted by the Bag Factory and GoetheonMain in Johannesburg in January/February 2011, the curatorial statement had asked: “Has performance art perhaps internalised the white cube or even the black box already? Should the relationship between the notion of performance as (ephemeral) action and performative representation in media (such as video and photography) be questioned?”

Re/Peforming Live Art in South Africa revisits the making, programming and theorising of live art in South Africa. This forthcoming virtual event, co-hosted by the Bag Factory and the Tshwane University of Technology / Faculty of Arts & Design, happens on Wednesday 7 July 2021, at 18:00 CAT. This discussion brings current Bag Factory studio artist Neo Diseko together with Lerato Shadi and Nelisiwe Xaba (artists who were part of the 2011 project). Co-organised by academic Pfunzo Sidogi and art historian Claudia Marion Stemberger, this panel addresses the (everyday & displayed) performativity of the cultural producers’ subjectivity (a decade ago and now, again), particularly with regard to the limitations of rainbowism then and the realities of ongoing traumatisations of Black/Coloured/Indian positionality in present-day South Africa.

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Bag Factory, Johannesburg

Tshwane University of Technology, Faculty of Arts & Design

A Re Bueng Seminars


National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS)


Neo Diseko: Courtesy of the artist

Lerato Shadi: Okno Studio

Nelisiwe Xaba: Courtesy of the artist