Back to All Events

Dr Cheryl Finley "Of Soul And Joy Workshop"

VIAD & Of Soul and Joy are excited to present a private workshop and conversation with Dr Cheryl Finley. The objective of this gathering is both to engage with Dr Finley around questions of photography with the students in Thokoza.

Cheryl Finley

Cheryl Finley is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and History of Art from Yale University. She is the author of the monograph, Committed to Memory: the Art of the Slave Ship Icon, the first in depth study of the most famous image associated with the memory of slavery (Princeton University Press, 2018) and contributor to My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South (Yale University Press, 2018), which accompanies the exhibition History Refused to Die: Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through September 23, 2018.

Of Soul & Joy Photography Project

In 2012, Of Soul & Joy Photography Project brought a photography project to the Buhlebuzile Secondary School in the eastern Johannesburg township of Thokoza. The initiative intends to be a visual platform and a skills development programme for the learners. This project is based on workshops run by international professional photographers, encounters with the art market and artistic events. Every year, Rubis Mécénat Cultural Fund and Easigas sponsor the photography studies of three gifted students of the project at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, a prestigious photography school founded in 1989 by David Goldblatt, to ensure their future in photography.

For more info on the project , the events, the photographers, check:

This conversation is presented as a collaboration between the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD) and “Of Soul and Joy”.

Special thanks to Jabulani Dhlamini and Dr Cheryl Finley