Press Release

Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti is Our first 2023 Art Writing Residency Fellowship Recipient

Mar 13, 2024
Press Release
Barnabas ticha muvhuti for arak collection

ARAK Collection is happy to announce Ticha as our first recipient of the Arak Collection Art Writing Residency Fellowship for 2023.

Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti is a Cape Town based writer and art historian with research interests in the marginalized Black modern artists-cum-teachers in Zimbabwe, and the practices of contemporary artists based on the African continent and its diasporic communities. A member of the RIT research project of The Fletcher School at Tufts University (USA), he writes extensively on the integration experiences of migrants in southern Africa. He has worked as a Gallery Assistant at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town and the Centre for African Studies Gallery (UCT), a Research Assistant and Project Manager at the Centre for Curating the Archive (UCT), and a Research Assistant for the Curatorial Department at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum (helping research for the groundbreaking When We See Us exhibition). He has written several exhibition reviews, opinion pieces, and carried out multiple interviews/conversations with artists and curators. He contributed to the African Artists: From 1882 to Now and ARTTHROB_: 25 Years of Art Writing in South Africa publications. Currently finalizing his doctoral study in Art History at the University Currently Known As Rhodes (UCKAR), Muvhuti is an alumnus of Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, and Midlands State University.

We are looking forward to working with Ticha Muvhuti and through his gaze and art writing practice discover/rediscover the collection, hoping to bring to our audience in 2023 his exhibition and publish the respective catalogue.

About ARAK Collection Art Writing & Publishing Residency Program:

Our Art Writing & Publishing program is targeting interested Art Writers, Academics, Critics and Intellectuals that have a publication project they would like to collaborate on or develop with ARAK Collection.

We are looking for Art Writers (used broadly), to propose reference level publishable projects that ARAK Collection will Publish under its Publishing Umbrella activities.

If you have any idea that you believe the current publishing Sub-Saharan Art panorama is missing, either new or something you have been working on, we are happy to consider your submission. If your idea collects the ARAK Curatorial Advisory Committee consensual approval, it will be selected for development and ultimately publishing.

About ARAK Collection:

ARAK Collection is an independent, Qatari-based initiative, that aims to promote through exhibitions, publications, research and educational programs, Contemporary  African Art and Artists.

The collection is a resource for Artists, Curators and Researchers, it hosts in-house and traveling exhibitions, it also lends artwork to regional and international organizations, institutions and museums, producing print and online publications, and impactful public programs associated with the exhibitions it produces and hosts. ARAK Collection is a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on  African Artists and educational programs that have an educational and developmental impact in the local community.

The collection consists of paintings, paper and prints of more than 170 young and mid-career artists of  African countries.