Khensani is an architectural designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently completing her postgraduate studies in City and Regional Planning at the University of Cape Town and has a Bachelors in Architectural Studies which she completed with distinction at UCT. She has been a research fellow at the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zürich in Switzerland for a year and has worked for world renowned pluri-disciplinary design research studio Urban-Think Tank, also based in Switzerland. She is an executive director at the Youth and Property Association in South Africa which aims to transform the demographics of the property sector. She has recently spoken on a panel at La Biennale di Venezia for VOW! (Voices of Women) organisation. Her research focuses on Intersectional Space and her writing has recently been published in TU Delft Journal Magazine Atlantis Polis “Platform for Urbanism” based in the Netherlands. She considers herself local to and moves between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Zürich. Her efforts are centred one core principle, which is to develop a tool of, and see an Architecture that allows multiple identity groups to be unapologetic participants and active designers of space, as she considers herself to be.
Solange is a Master’s of Science graduate in Architecture from the Accademia di Architectura di Mendriso (AAM), Switzerland, with a Post-Master’s course in Building Information Modelling (BIM) at the Dublin Institute of Design, Ireland. She dedicates her career to enhance the quality of life and increase sustainability through innovative spatial solutions in urban development in African cities, by incorporating intelligent technological solutions with positive social impact. Her Masters’ Thesis (Recognizing the Potential Value of Sub-Saharan African Architectural Heritage) was nominated by the Legacy Heritage Foundation at the Lagos Nigeria Art Biennale 2017. Solange is currently a University Researcher and Assistant-Lecturer at the Critical Urbanism Department of African Studies under the ETH-Studio Basel Prof. Arc. Manuel Herz. Solange has a multi-cultural background and has lived, studied, and worked in Switzerland, Nigeria, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, Cuba and Ireland. She is fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Amer Ali Barakat Chami a fourth generation Nigerian of Lebanese decent is a lawyer based in Jos, Nigeria specializing in Corporate Law. He got his Bachelors in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. Subsequently, he studied International Law and Organizations at the American University in Washington D.C.. He then completed his Degree in Law at City, University of London. Amer attained his Barrister at Law from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He is currently completing his Nigerian National Youth Service Corp at the Ministry of Justice, Bauchi State. In conjunction with the National Service, Amer is a Teacher’s Assistance at the University of Jos, teaching Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law in Nigeria. Next, he intends to start his own private law firm in Jos, Nigeria. Amer is passionate about Social and Economic Projects, Human Rights and the Environment.
Andrew Liyanage is a Freelance Web Designer & Web Developer located in Zurich, Switzerland. After helping out many of his friends getting a website for their personal or business use, he started working as a Freelancer. Currently he is specialising in WordPress, which is also the CMS Content Management System he uses to fulfill his clients needs and requirements. Andrew Liyanage started his bachelors degree in Business Information Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in 2011. He is still studying and will be finishing his degree in 2015.
Aisha Wanjiru Mugo is a Somali-Kenyan post-graduate student at the University of Cape Town. She currently holds a BSc in Environmental Science and Geology and she is undertaking her post-graduate studies in Environmental Science, with a strong focus and interest in African Urbanism and Migration. Aisha is also a part-time film photographer where she uses photography as a medium of engaging with rural and urban realities. She has had her work published in the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa’s annual journal BUWA! and has been exhibited at the International Centre for Photography in New York, she is to be exhibited in Photoville NYC this September.
Lehlohonolo “Hlohi” Ndlovu is currently undertaking her post-graduate studies in City & Regional planning (UCT, South Africa) whereby her studies have been highly informed and shaped by her undergraduate degree in Digital Media production and minor foci in the areas of Gender, Sociology, & Philosophy. She uses writing and imagery , both moving and still, as tools for unpacking identities and reimagining new worlds and new selves. Her work, both academic and external seeks to reimagine solutions and possibilities for Africa through various channels. Local and forgotten knowledges are her forte. Currently Hlohi is “Still exploring the depths of my reach in manifesting dreams, invisible songs and lessons uGogo taught me”. She notes Audre Lorde, Thandiswa Mazwai, Winnie Mandela, Hilda Motaung, Virginia Ndlovu and the Matriarchs in her life as the sculptors of her mind and spirit. She is deliberate and afraid of nothing.
Giorgia Young is a cinematographer who graduated with a major in media and international politics. Throughout her undergraduate she pursued Environmental Geographical Sciences, Archeology and Sociology. When combined with a specialization in film resulted in a drive for documentary style film. She believes now, more than ever, that filmmaking is one of the greatest tools we can utilize to reshape the way society views one another. Allowing the space for opinions, representation and discuss is at the core of Giorgia’s beliefs.
Neo Twala is a filmmaker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her BA in Motion Picture Medium at AFDA Johannesburg in March 2018, with a major in film editing. Neo and a collective of creatives produce their own films that are authentic to their stories as young black South Africans. She is currently producing content in the advertising industry and plans to grow her personal film portfolio as a writer and editor.
Cecile Morden (also known as Cece or Cice) is currently completing her post graduate honours degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. The anthropological thinking style of ‘making the familiar unfamiliar’ and seeing the ‘particular in the universal and the universal in the particular-‘ deeply contributes towards her research interests which revolve around gender and socioeconomic politics, hermeneutics in religious/ spiritual discourse and critically attempting to un-flesh and understand various human behaviors and thought patterns which contribute to the way in which we inhabit the world as complexly inter-woven beings. Fundamentally concerned with ethical quandries in everyday living, she is committed to doing justice to the way in which the self and other are represented through verbal and visual modalities (through poetic devices, abstract and distorted imagery ) in the expression of multi-faceted identities and the way in which voice, difference and representation are articulated through writing. In both her academic and personal pursuits (as a yogi, nature lover, and deep techno house head) she aims to keep contributing towards ‘making the world safe for differences’. She is inspired by the works and words of Pumla Dineo Gqola, Elaine Salo, Dambudzo Marechera, Andres Serrano and Xooang Choi. ‘Die while you are alive and be completely dead- then do whatever you want, its all good’.(Lau Tzu)
Ndjaka, at the moment, is thinking on stuff and sometimes writes about and makes other stuff. She describes herself as a nomadic adulterer of theoretical concepts. Ndjaka completed a B.A. at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Philosophy, Politics, and Gender Studies. She is currently completing an Honours in Gender and Transformation at UCT with the African Gender Institute. She is focusing on the politics of knowledge production by conducting a historiographical analysis of South African sexualities and the role that linguistic and cultural translation has played in producing this history.
Phathutshedzo Nembilwi is a Graphic Designer / Illustrator based in Johannesburg South Africa. She is currently working full time as a Graphic Designer in the Marketing department and working on her business Phathudesigns.She graduated from Tshwane University of Technology and got an internship at Supreme Expo Service where she worked for a year, she then got a position as a Junior Graphic Designer at Parco Bags where she worked for two years until she got her current position at RJ Connect.She is the Creative Director at phathudesigns, a company that explores design and visual langauge. She has worked with a few amazing clients like Cosmopolitan SA, Swiitch Beauty ,Apartment Therapy Media ,A Chance for Peace,Thebe Magugu and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc just to name a few.She recently showcased her work at 100%designSA as part of creativeplatformsa and Young Gauteng.
Kizzy Memani is a visual communicator and graphic designer from Johannesburg, currently based in California. He is currently completing his postgraduate studies in Graphic Design at the ArtCenter College of Design and has a Bachelors degree in Architectural Studies which he completed at The University of Cape Town. He is an active freelancer in the graphic design space and enjoys collaborating with creators of colour both in South Africa and abroad. He is currently a part of the Antiracist Classroom group which seeks not only to discuss and ideate but also action tangible ways of addressing issues around race and oppressive institutional systems. He was a volunteer in the organisation of ARC – Reconstructing Practice convening as well as a Round Table Discussion leader in a conversation around the importance of names. His studies hope to further focus on graphic design that serves and operates in service of marginalised communities with the intention of using graphic design as a tool to further discussion around similar issues. He hopes establish a creative network of like-minded creatives of varying identity groups that focuses on output centred around activating necessary conversions surrounding marginalised groups.