social researcher | visual storyteller

about/cv/press

about / cv / press

 
photograph by Hayden Phipps 

photograph by Hayden Phipps 

Zara Julius is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller and music collector based in Johannesburg, with a background in social anthropology and photography. Zara’s work explores the intersection of ethnographic research and visual art. Concerned with the ethics of representation, Zara’s use of co-productive visual methodologies help ensure her subject areas are triangulated – rupturing the binaries implicit in written modes. Her work is concerned with the relationships between aesthetics and culture, African futures, and the varying paradoxes that emerge with the interplay of identity, faith, religion, urbanity, migration, race, and desire in Africa and the African diaspora. 
Zara has written various articles, presented university lectures and exhibited her work across South Africa, and internationally.


education

2016

  • Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg 

2015

  • Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV), Cuba
    (Documentary Film Workshop with Enrique Colina)

2014

  • BSocSci (Hons. in Social Anthropology) from University of Cape Town
    Dissertation:
    Rupture through Rapture: An ethnographic study of worship localities and religious mobilities in  Johannesburg’s inner city.

conference papers, invited talks & lectures

2017

  • Zara Julius, Panelist, “Against a Mixed Race Future", I/Mages of Tomorrow: Envisioning black & POC futures, disabled futures, queer & trans futures, feminist futures, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London
    (3 June)
  • Zara Julius, Guest Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Sol Plaatje University, "Race, Religion & Reggaeton: Representations of syncretic religions, gender and blackness in Cuba"
    (8-12 May)
  • Zara Julius, Panelist, "Mixed Space: A phenomenological approach to mixed race identity in post-apartheid South Africa", Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference: Explorations in Trans(gender, gressions, migrations, racial), University of Southern California
    (24 February)

2015

  • Zara Julius, Artist Talk, “Enraptured Imaginaries: Religious mobilities and moralities in downtown Johannesburg”, Davis Krut Projects, Johannesburg (November 2015)

awards

2016

  • PPC Imaginarium Short Film Finalist – 1st Runner-up

2015

  • De Villiers Scholarship award

2014

  • A W Mellon Fellowship scholarship
  • National Research Foundation of South Africa postgraduate scholarship

2010

  • Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards, 1st prize

press

film screenings, exhibitions & festivals

2017

  • Public Screening, "MIXED SPACE", I/Mages of Tomorrow: Envisioning black & POC futures, disabled futures, queer & trans futures, feminist futures, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London
    (3 June) 
  • MIXED SPACE, New Media Room, The AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    (25 May-25 June)
  • Screening, "MIXED SPACE", Sol Plaatje's University, Anthropology Department, Kimberley, South Africa (9 May)
  • Marked, Eclectica Print Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    (4-26 May)
  • Bilder de Zeitgeschehens: Images of Current Affairs, Press Photography and Archives in Africa, Basel University Library, Switzerland
    (28 April-27 August)

2016

  • PPC Imaginarium 2016, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
    (14–17 July)
  • PROCESO DE ERROR 3rd International Festival of Experimental Video, Valparaíso, Chile
    (31 May–4 June)
  • Ten Year Cuban Film Project Celebration: Neurocinematics and Latin American Film, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College of London, UK
    (6–7 May)
  • PPC Imaginarium 2016, Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria, South Africa
    (1–12 April)
  • PPC Imaginarium 2016, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    (March)
  • Personal Booth, THAT ART FAIR, Cape Town, South Africa
    (17 February–6 March)
  • #theopening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town South Africa
    (19 February–8 March)
  • PPC Imaginarium 2016, Youngblood Arts & Culture Development Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
    (4–26 February)

2015

  • Public Screening, "Jozi: Maboneng", David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa
    (7 November)
  • Public screening, “FÉ/FAITH”, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
    (17 July)

2013

  • Whitman Independent Film & Art Festival, The Bioscope, Johannesburg, South Africa
    (13–14 June)

2010

  • IEB Art Graduates, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    (November)
  • Backstory, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
    (July)