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Photographer in Focus – Meet Zara Julius
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Concerned with the ethics of representation, her use of co-productive methodologies helps ensure her subject areas are triangulated.   

Zara Julius is a multidisciplinary social practice artist, social researcher, and vinyl selector based in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Cape Town.

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.  

Gondar, Ethiopia.

Working with sound, video, performance and objects, Julius’ practice involves the collection, selection, and creation of archives through extensive research projects.  

Concerned with the ethics of representation, her use of co-productive methodologies helps ensure her subject areas are triangulated.  

The bulk of Julius’ 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. 

Harar, Ethiopia.

Julius told BBZ BLACK BOOK: “I’m really inspired when I see POC artists from different geographical contexts collaborating with each other across fraught national boundaries and creating spaces (both physical and conceptual) for their narratives to co-exist for that moment. That really excites me!” 

Havana, Cuba.

She added that she is constantly amazed by Johannesburg, the city she has inhabited most of her life. 

Sof Omar, Ethiopia.

“Johannesburg is a really complicated city. It’s a city of constant paradox. I’ve lived here for most of my life and the city still surprises me. It’s in constant flux, and I guess if you’re not careful, the city will swallow you whole. It’s probably the key destination for migrants, both internally amongst South Africans, and amongst other African nationals on the African continent. It’s through these people – those that have taken a leap of faith in even trying to start a life here – that the city expresses itself,” she said. 

Saint Louis, Senegal.

Check out more of her works here.

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