artist | researcher | selector

cv / resume

 z a r a j u l i u s
artist | researcher | selector 

curriculum vitae 


2018 (ongoing)  University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
          MAFA Candidate (Masters in Fine Arts by Research and Practice)
          Working title: ‘A Sacred Feedback Loop’: Improvisation, rapture, and survival in the
          echo-chamber of spiritual technologies in Africa and the African diaspora.

 Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg South Africa
          Intermediate Photography Course 

2014  University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
          Honors in Social Anthropology (Graduated 1st class under Prof. Francis Nyamnjoh)

         ‘Rupture through Rapture’: An ethnographic study of worship localities and religious
          mobilities in Johannesburg’s inner city.

2010  St Mary’s School, Waverley 

           Matriculated as a Prefect, Head of Debating and Head of Art, with full Cultural Honours in debating, art, drama, public
speaking and music. Matriculated with distinctions in History, English, Drama, Visual Art, and Life Orientation


  Escuela Incierta (research residency), Lugar a Dudas, Santiago de Cali, Colombia (18 June - 31 July)

2015  Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television (EICTV), Cuba
          Documentary Film Workshop with Enrique Colina


curatorial projects

2019 RAPTURE INSTITUTE, The Point of Order, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa (1 - 20 October 2019)

2018  PROCLAMATION 73, circular gallery, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa (10 December 2018 – 15 February 2019)

2017 - ongoing  KONJO, Cape Town, South Africa (21 October 2017; 27 October 2018; 31 March 2019)

solo installations

2017  “MIXED SPACE”, Public Screening, Keleketla! Library, Johannesburg, South Africa (6 July 2017) 

2017  “MIXED SPACE”, New Media Room, The AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (25 May – 25 June 2017) 


2018  National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa (1 & 6 July 2018) 

2017 Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival: ‘Film for Good’, Johannesburg, South Africa (28 October 2017)

2017   THE LABS @ CHALE WOTE, Terra Alta, Accra, Ghana (17 August 2017)

Mixed Roots Stories, Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference: Explorations in Trans(gender, gressions, migrations, racial),
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A (24 February 2017)

PROCESO DE ERROR 3rd International Festival of Experimental Video, Valparaíso,
           Chile (31 May–4 June 2016)

2016  Ten Year Cuban Project Celebration: Neurocinematics and Latin American Film,Institute of Advanced Studies,
University College of London, U.K (6–7 May 2016)

group exhibitions / screenings

2018  Photographer Unknown, FotoZA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (6 December 2018 - 31 January 2019

2018  Extraña Posesión, Lugar a Dudas, Santiago de Cali, Colombia (19 July)

2017  PEER, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (28 October–18 November) 

2017  Screening, Soweto Art Week: 'The Rebirth of Black Excellence',  Johannesburg, South Africa (23 September)

2017  Screening, “MIXED SPACE”, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education,
           Cape Town, South Africa (5 August)

2017  Screening, “MIXED SPACE”, I/Mages of Tomorrow Conference: Envisioning black & POC futures, disabled futures, queer &
trans futures, feminist futures, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London, (3 June)

2017  Marked, Eclectica Print Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (4–26 May) 

2017  Bilder de Zeitgeschehens: Images of Current Affairs, Press Photography and Archives in Africa, Basel University Library,
Switzerland (28 April–27 August)

2016  Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (14–17 July)

2016  PPC Imaginarium 2016, Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria, South Africa (1–12 April)

2016  Personal Booth, THAT ART FAIR, Cape Town, South Africa (17 February–6 March)

2016  #theopening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa (19 February–8 March)

2016  PPC Imaginarium 2016, Youngblood Arts & Culture Development Foundation,Cape Town, South Africa (4–26 February)

2015  Screening, "Jozi: Maboneng", David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa (7 November)

2015  Television screening, “FÉ/FAITH”, Canal 41, Miami, U.S.A (9 August)

2015  Public screening, “FÉ/FAITH”, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (17 July)


2016  Julius, Z. (2016). On photography in social movements. In: Pathways to Free Education. Vol. 2. 1st ed. [ebook]. 24-25.
Available at: [

2016  African Photography Initiatives (2017). Multiple Gazes of a Country’s Photographed Past, Available at:

2016  #theopening Catalogue, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town


2019  “PROCLAMATION 73: Curating Beyond the Timeline”, Dept. of History of Art, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
South Africa, 12 April 2019

2019  In Conversation: Sam Nhlengethwa’s personal vinyl collection with Zara Julius,
Book Week, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 4 April 2019

2018  Zara Julius, Panelist, “Archiving an Illegitimate Aristocracy” at “Re-Reading the Portrait”,
Black Portraiture[s] IV: The Colour of Silence, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 23-25 March 2018

2017  Zara Julius, Panelist, “The Future of Filmmaking”, Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival,
Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 October 2017

2017  Zara Julius, Panelist, “Women and post-apartheid film”, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, Cape Town, 4-5 August 2017

2017  Zara Julius, Panelist, “Against a Mixed Race Future”, I/Mages of Tomorrow Conference: Envisioning black & POC futures,
disabled futures, queer & trans futures, feminist futures, Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths College,
University of London, 3 June 2017

2017  Zara Julius, Guest Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Sol Plaatje University, “Race, Religion and Reggaeton: Representations of
syncretic religions, music and blackness in the Caribbean”, 8 – 12 May 2017

2017  Zara Julius, Panelist, “Mixed Roots Stories: ‘Visual Culture: Mixed Bodies/ Mixed Spaces“, Critical Mixed Race Studies
Conference: Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial),
University of Southern California, 24 February 2017

2015  Zara Julius, Artist Talk, “Enraptured Imaginaries: Religious mobilities and moralities in downtown Johannesburg”,
David Krut Bookstore, Johannesburg, November 2015 


2011 - present
Freelance arts & culture writer
            publications include: IAM Africa | Cape Town Art Fair Gazette, Mail & Guardian,

2017 Videographer, Editor (December)
         ‘SINKING’ film by Lhola Amira (SMAC Gallery) 

2016  Production Coordinator, Makhulu Productions (February)
          ‘Afrika: What’s next?” video installation on African urbanisms
          Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (IABR2016) 

2016  Co-Director, Executive Producer, Co-Writer, Editor (November – January)
           ‘Optimus Usimende’ film by Francois Knoetze

2014  Tutor, AXL1400F, ‘Words, Deeds, Bones and Things’, Dr. Divine Fu. Dept. of
           Anthropology, University of Cape Town 

2014  Video art & art talks programme curator & coordinator, Cape Town Art Fair 

2012 - 2015 Private Tutor to high school students, specializing in English, History, Art Theory, and essay writing

2011  Internship, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


2019 Art Research Africa A W Mellon Postgraduate Bursary award

2018 Goethe Institut Project Space (GPS) 2018 project grant

2016  PPC Imaginarium Short Film Finalist – 1st Runner-up

2015  De Villiers Scholarship award

2014  A W Mellon Fellowship scholarship

2014  National Research Foundation of South Africa postgraduate scholarship

2013  Deans merit list, University of Cape Town

2011  Entrance bursary award, University of Cape Town

2010  Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Awards, 1st prize