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Dr Qanita Lilla is a curator, researcher and writer with a PhD in Visual Arts from Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2018). She has worked in both state-funded and community museums for over a decade, in exhibitions, programs and research. In her work she looks to make sense of and provide alternatives within an exclusionary museum world. She is interested in representations of racialized minorities, excluded epistemologies, the life of objects within collections, and depictions of traumatic histories, as well as the social roles of museums.
Most recently she worked for a heritage consultancy, tasked with designing the permanent exhibitions for the new National Museum of Lesotho, researching and writing about restitution and provenance. She was also guest lecturer in Art History at the University of Cape Town, teaching the course “Decolonising Art Museums,” which explored the colonial violence embedded within South African art museums.
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