South African visual artist and senior lecturer of Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University, Rhodes University

Sharlene Khan is a South African visual artist and writer whose work often incorporates a range of media that generate installations and performances that focus on the socio-political realities of a post-apartheid society and the intersectionality of race-gender-class. She uses masquerading as a postcolonial strategy to interrogate her South African heritage as well as the constructedness of identity via rote education, art discourses, historical narratives and popular culture. She holds a PhD (Arts) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include race studies, black-Afrocentric, feminist creative methodologies, postcolonialism, South African art, performativity, blackface, African literature and decolonial aesthesis.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer of Art History and Visual Culture, Rhodes University