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Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti

Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Associate in Art History, Rice University

Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti is an art historian and a multidisciplinary writer with research interests in the early modern art workshops in Southern Africa. His current research traces the artistic lineages emerging out of the early modern schools. He writes on contemporary art practices in Africa, as well as the current migration trends in Southern Africa. He has written several exhibition reviews, opinion pieces, and carried out multiple interviews/conversations with artists and curators.

He was the first recipient of the Arak Collection Art Writing Residency, May-November 2023. He has worked as a Gallery Assistant at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town and the Centre for African Studies Gallery at the University of Cape Town (UCT), a Research Assistant and Project Manager at the Centre for Curating the Archive (UCT), and a Research Assistant for the Curatorial Department at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum (helping research for the groundbreaking When We See Us exhibition, currently showing at the Kunstmuseum Basel). He is member of the Refugees in Towns research project of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is also a member of the Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI).


  • 2021–2022
    Research assistant, Zeitz MOCAA Museum (Curatorial Department)
  • 2016–2018
    Research assistant, Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town


  • 2023 
    Rhodes University, Doctor of Philosophy in Art History