Lindiwe Mngxitama - Bubblegum Club

Lindiwe Mngxitama

Lindiwe (Lindi) Mngxitama currently lives and works in Johannesburg, her first Love. She is an African Literature — postgraduate cum laude — alumni from the University of the Witwatersrand, was Editor of Bubblegum Club from 2019 to 2022, and is now Copy Director for the agency silo of the organisation. Lind has written and directed plays and short documentaries including 'Freedom Sounds: From Kwaito to Amapiano' for Spotify alongside Chris Kets of Kamva Collective (2022), 'The Sex Congress' for Spielart Theatre Festival (2021) and 'Art and Climate Justice' for African Crossroad Ecoexistence (2021). She was a collaborator along other academics and cultural workers for the Goethe Institute funded project 'Feminism Ya Mang, Feminism Yethu, Feminism Yani' (2021 – ongoing), was a contributor on seminal South African Designer Lukhanyo Mdingi’s 'The Premise' podcast and took part in A4 Arts Foundations Distributed Residency as part of Bubblegum Club’s art collective which culminated into a body of work called 'City Deep' (2020). Her writing has appeared and been featured in various print and digital South African, African and international publications including Dazed Digital, TSA Art Magazine, The Face Magazine, Something We Africans Got, ArtThrob, Bubblegum Club and Mail and Guardian to name a few. As a storyteller, curator, artist, director and academic-in-cry-sis, Lindi thinks of the worlds she creates through language as radical spaces of (re)imagination and critical questioning. Word woven worlds that engage with H/historical and socio-political legacies that construct and govern society and shape subjectivities. Her work, praxis and writing seek to bring to the centre the narratives of those bodies and their interior worlds, radioactive and overflowing with H/history — often relegated to the periphery — to ask who and what moves at the margins, why and how? And are rooted in Affect, Play, Phenomenology, Critical Race theory, Post-Colonial theory, Queer theory, Black Pessimism and Black Feminist Thought.

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