Phokeng Setai

DSI-NRF Early Career Doctoral Fellow

Phokeng Setai is an Early Career Doctoral Fellow with the DSI-NRF Flagship. He is registered in the Department of Anthropology at UWC. His research interests lie within the domain of creative arts, particularly the visual arts. He obtained his Masters degree in Sociology at the University of the Free State, which he completed under a program called “The Narrative Study of Lives.” For his doctoral research, he is looking at the emergence of artistic collectives and the modes of production within this collaborative dynamic. Setai is also fascinated with questions around the aesthetics of experimentation within self-organized spaces and the creative products that materialize when artists and curators and other practitioners come together outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms.

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