Lost Ground

What does the loss of physical creative spaces mean to us as individuals and communities? Digital spaces have stepped up to try and fill the huge gaps in our creative landscapes, but they can only do so much. The loss of the physical spaces has not only left many without work, without access to safe spaces, without access to friends and family, but has also taken from us so many potential conversations that were part of being in a place. In the arts world, it has also, in many cases, taken from us the ability to ‘debrief’ after a show or to reconnect with festival friends.

Zodwa Tutani will be exploring this subject with Rucera Seethal, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Jenni-lee Crewe, touching on what we’ve lost while considering what the future arts landscape may look like.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Talk
  • Duration (minutes): 60mins
  • Release Date: July 16, 2021 18:45 - July 31, 2021 23:59



Chair: Zodwa Tutani
Rucera Seethal
Jenni-Lee Crewe
Lindiwe Matshikiza


Zodwa Tutani
Zodwa Skeyi-Tutani is a curator and artist based in Makhanda and inspired by the Eastern Cape. She has curated Margins (2017) at Makhanda Arts Festival, the Department of Small Business Development’s Johannesburg Art Fair Exhibition (2017) in Sandton, Zundiqondisise Reclaiming Our Voices (2018) with the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg, and The Mute Always Speaks – A Performative Response (2018) at Rhodes University Afems Conference. She is also co-author and illustrator of one bilingual children’s book The Princess Journey (2006). She completed her NDiP in Fine Arts at Nelson Mandela University, and then her BTech in Fine Arts at Walter Sisulu University. She is a Rhodes University MFA graduate in Curatorial Studies, has completed a Masters Degree in Creative Writing (to graduate in 2021) at Rhodes University School of Languages and in now studying towards PHD in Fine Arts (Curatorial Studies) at the University of Witwatersrand. She is currently a Part-Time Lecturer at the University of Fort Hare teaching Museum Studies.

Lindiwe Matshikiza
Lindiwe Matshikiza is a multidirectional artist with a background in theatre-making and a special focus on performance, writing and directing. Her projects are largely process-driven, collaborative and often take on more than one form over time, and she has worked with a wide range of artists across various kinds of practice in Africa and the rest of the world. In recent years, Lindiwe has been a fellow of The Camargo Foundation (France), Vila Sul (Brazil) and Institute for Creative Arts (SA). She is co-founder of Motherbox: Organisation for Cooperation in the Arts together with artists, João
Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and Mmakgosi Kgabi.

Jenni-lee Crewe
Jenni-lee Crewe is lecturer in design at the Centre for Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at UCT. She was at Rhodes University for her undergraduate and honours studies and worked with the First Physical Theatre company, before obtaining her MFA in theatre design from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Crewe won a Naledi award for her stage design of Brer Rabbit at the Market Theatre in 2009, and participated in the first iteration of The Centre for the Less Good Idea, designing for Samuel Beckett’s Play, and Rough in 2017.
She is a founding member of Flying House, a collective of performing arts professionals dedicated to finding new ways of sustainability and community in the arts.

Rucera Seethal
Rucera Seethal is artistic director of the multi-disciplinary National Arts Festival based in Makhanda, South Africa. Previously programme manager at the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, responsible for the performing arts portfolio across Switzerland and the Southern African region, and for co-adjudicating its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation regional grant programme. She has sat on a handful of grant juries and is currently part of the Theatrefestival Basel’s 2022 programme team. She was art director and production manager at Chimurenga, the award-winning arts, culture and politics magazine, between 2004 to 2011.