Farieda Nazier is a Johannesburg-based educator, artist and researcher. For the past 7 years, Nazier has been employed at the University of Johannesburg, where she was recently (2016) promoted to a senior lecturer position. As a lecturer, her duties included course and module coordination, teaching, researching and community engagement. Subsequently, in her capacity as Head of Department and senior lecturer (Jewellery Design and Manufacture) Nazier’s responsibilities included management of the departmental academic and operational procedures, as well as postgraduate supervision.
As a creative practitioner, her work explores the psychological and perceptible consequences of historical legacies and how these are intimately interconnected to socio-political contexts. She employs provocative installations and performance to engage in discursive opportunities within her practice, amongst publics and within her educational praxis. Nazier has successfully curated and participated in a number of art exhibitions, both locally and abroad. Most recently, in collaboration with Alberta Whittle, she choreographed and performed Right of Admission at the Apartheid Museum. The work was previously shown at the 56th Venice Biennale in Venice and at the FNB Art Fair (Johannesburg) in 2015. In March of the same year, Nazier was invited to present her research at Principia College (Elsah, USA), MCLA (Williamstown, USA) and the prestigious Williams College (Williamstown, USA). Her research and writing appears in a broad scope of publications which ranges from academic peer-reviewed journals such as the international Education as Change journal to educational books such as the Cambridge Rainbow Readers series.