Image & Text (ISSN 2617-3255) is an online visual culture journal published by the University of Pretoria since 1992. It is accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.



J van Eeden & A du Preez, (eds) 2005. South African visual culture. Pretoria: Van Schaik. Foreword by Prof Nicholas Mirzoeff, University of New York.

Lorraine Khoury (2005) states in a review “South African Visual Culture, in being the first of its kind in South Africa, provides the foundation for establishing visual culture as a legitimate field of study in South Africa and paves the way for further editions to come”.


A du Preez (ed), 2009. Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (ISBN13: 978-1-4438-0982-5, ISBN: 1-4438-0982-9)

Reviewer in Reference & Research (May 2010): “While many works have been published on the intersection between gender and visual culture, this collection brings an avowedly Global South perspective to the proceedings”.


A du Preez. 2009. Gendered bodies and new technologies: rethinking embodiment in a cyber-era.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Leora Farber (2010) graciously stated in her opening address during the launch of the book: “[...] one of the most significant aspects of the book is the valuable insights it offers into how cyber-feminism can address the task of integrating women and new technologies in the twenty-first century from an African perspective”. This is precisely what the book aims to accomplish.

Exhibition catalogues

Dreyer, E (cur.). 2013. Nomad Bodies. Pretoria: University of Pretoria and Andrew W Mellon Foundation

Nomad bodies presented critical visual representations of nomadism as it relates to embodied technologies, materials and concepts. The exhibition and catalogue were funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.


Siyotula, S & van der Merwe, L (curs.) 2013. Hidden Urban Histories. Pretoria: University of Pretoria 
and UP Arts.

Hidden Urban Histories consisted of the work of under- and postgraduate students from the Department of Visual Arts and was conceptualised from the research theme of ‘Cities lived: memory, identity and belonging’. The exhibition was curated by Master candidates Sikho Siyotula and Leana van der Merwe. 


Dreyer, E. 2013. Metromusings. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.

Metromusings presented a visual mapping of the social and political power geographies and complexes that dominate cities and how urban culture can be voiced, claimed, negotiated and contested. The exhibition was curated by Prof Elfriede Dreyer, and presented artworks from members of staff and affiliated guest lecturers from the Department of Visual Arts



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