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Anna Stielau

Part-time Faculty
239 Greene Street, Room 240

Office Hours
Monday 1:00-2:00

B.A.F.A, Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 2011
M.A., Art History, University of Cape Town, 2016
M.Phil., Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2020

Anna Stielau studies contemporary art and visual culture in Southern Africa, with a focus on how artists use media technologies to build toward decolonized futures from the Global South. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in the journals Agenda, The Postcolonialist, and the Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change. Her dissertation and current book project, “Unsettling the Contemporary: Race, Redress and Revolutionary Times in South African Anticolonial Art,” investigates how post-apartheid artists appropriate technologies from clocks to archives to reclaim - and remake - time itself, with implications for studying both the legacies of colonialism and art's history more broadly. From 2020-22, she served as Assistant Editor of the journal Public Culture, and she is currently a 2022-23 Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice in NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab. A former arts journalist, Anna continues to write for a general readership in venues including Art Africa and South Africa's oldest art criticism site, Artthrob. She has twice been recognized for this work in South Africa’s National Arts Journalism Awards.

Teaching and Research Interests

Contemporary African art and visual culture; race and aesthetics; queer and feminist media studies; theories and practices of decolonization; postcolonial studies; settler colonial studies 

Anna Stielau