In collaboration with Livity Africa and Connect ZA,, two interactive sessions led by industry professionals will form part of the Fak’ugesi Talks. After the success of last year’s Reverse Hustle, the first session will feature the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residents who will work with participants to explore the continents digital and tech landscape.
Livity Africa is a youth agency that develops platforms, campaigns, ideas and social change. All of this is created for young people, driven by young people.
Tabita Rezaire is a French born Guyanese/Danish new media artist, intersectional preacher, cultural health activist, tech-politics researcher and Kemetic yoga teacher based in Johannesburg. Her work focuses on decolonial knowledge and explores the political aesthetics of resistance through screen-based practices. Addressing the performativity of encounters – online and offline – her works tackle the pervasive matrix of coloniality and its affects on technology, sexuality, race, gender, media representation, health and spirituality. Confronting occidental hegemony, she provides alternative narratives through digital healing activism challenging our white-supremacist-patriarchal-cis-hetero-globalized world screen.
Vuyi Chaza is a 24-year-old woman from Zimbabwe. She wants to live in a world where video games and cartoon watching are mandatory subjects at school, and extra cheesy pizza becomes a staple food in her country.As a self-proclaimed, amateur designer, she’s been designing officially for one year and has her designs on billboards, publications, books and album covers. When she’s not trying to navigate the choppy waters of freelancing/starting a business, she creates weird art pieces that leave people either scratching their heads or jaws dropped in fascination. Vuyi hopes to create spaces and opportunities where women in Zimbabwe can pursue a career in digital arts, while shaping the narrative surrounding women and Zimbabwe.
Cebo Simphiwe Xulu, otherwise known online as @Mr_MediaX. Defines himself myself as a New Media artist creatively executing work as an art director, information designer and part-time writer on arts and technology. Growing up in the KwaZulu-Natal region of rural Eshowe, as a resident of King Dinizulu Township, Xulu lives and connects to the world through exploring art in the digital space. Constantly investigating the placement and displacement of myself and Bantu society in a hyper mediated world, Xulu’s work is heavily inspired by popular culture and the media trends that impact the evolution of African life as well as the overall human experience. He aims to create work that brings the art, online and tech worlds into the same conversation.
For her efforts, Regina has received national and international awards – listed as Mail & Guardian’s top 200 Young people contributing to bettering the quality of life for South Africans, nominated for the African Alliance award by the UN.
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