Zara Julius

Zara Julius

South Africa

Creative / Artist African Digital Art
Zara Julius is a multidisciplinary social practice artist, social researcher, and vinyl selector based in Johannesburg, South Africa. With a background in anthropology, religious studies and photography, her work is concerned with the relationship between aesthetics and culture, African futures, and the interplay of identity, faith, religion, urbanity, migration, race, and desire throughout Africa and its diaspora. Working with sound, video, performance and objects, Zara Julius’ practice involves the collection, selection and creation of archives through extensive research projects. Concerned with the ethics of representation, Zara’s use of co-productive methodologies help ensure her subject areas are triangulated. The bulk of Zara’s projects have focused on mapping the sonic and spiritual mobilities of religious rapture and rupture with congregants of syncretic religions, and on (post)apartheid narratives around race and place as they pertain to intimate archiving practices.
As a vinyl selector, Zara's sets reflect her desire to travel land, seas and time. Her collection explores organic percussion and bass heavy sounds across genres from Africa and the African Diaspora. She is especially interested in the evolution of spiritual music forms and how they find themselves in contemporary "global bass" music. Zara selects vinyl regularly in Southern Africa, most notably at MTN Bushfire, Rocking the Daisies, Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg and AfroPunk. In 2017, Zara toured London, being hosted by Touching Bass, Balamii radio, Hoxton FM, and Total Refreshment Centre. She has played alongside artists such as Nubya Garcia, Madala Kunene, Shabaka Hutchings, BLK JKS, Andrew Ashong & DJ Spinna. Zara has also gigged in Cuba and Colombia and is passionate about creating and imagining conceptual, visual, sonic, interpersonal and political links throughout the Global South.