Mahashe works around the field of photography, particularly at the intersection of artistic practice/research, archives, and afterlives of anthropology playing out in museums. His research takes khelobedu as a central idea, drawing on its capacity to complicate ways of knowing, practicing, and encouraging trans-disciplinarity.

His current research project includes ‘––defunct context’ which engages the synergy and collaboration between art, science, technology, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Mahashe’s latest Monograph ‘—defunct context: Ambivalence to important work’ explores the artist book and its assembly as a process of inscribing his archive of practice as a physical dreamscape. The book consolidates 15 years of work around photography and the camera obscura; the refiguring anthropology museum; and the turn to indigenous knowledges to confirm or transform contemporary scientific observations.  His artistic practice seen in projects like ‘Pavilion Prototype II: U406’ engages photographies beyond representation, as well as installation as sites of participation and collaborative practice.

Mahashe is based at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town where he is lead researcher on several practice/research projects. He convenes the Honour in Curatorship programme, as well as the Foundation of Arts programme. He teaches New Media, as well as on critical practices around the idea of the “new museum”.

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