[in review] is a visual art diary-of-sorts conceptualised and edited by Cape Town based writer Keely Shinners. Over the course of 30 days in January 2021, 30 arts writers working in, around and about Southern Africa will share musings and meditations on an artwork of their choosing which, for them, has been life-giving, thought-provoking, or soul-soothing in the turbulence that was 2020.
The writers invited to participate in the project are:
Amie Soudien, Amogelang Maledu, Barnabas Muvhuti, Cat Rudolph, Chaze Matakala, Christa Dee, Gemma Hart, Isabella Kuijers, Khanya Mashabela, Khumo Sebambo, Kim Gurney, Kopano Maroga, Lindiwe Mngxitama, Lindsey Raymond, Lucienne Bestall, Luvuyo Nyawose Equiano, M Thesen Law, Marcia Elizabeth, Misha Krynauw, Nkgopoleng Moloi, Nomusa Makhubu, Percy Mabandu, Sean O’Toole, Sinazo Chiya, Thulile Gamedze, Vusumzi Nkomo, Zaza Hlalethwa, Enos Nyamor, Julie Nxadi, Mmabatho Thobejane.
Born in Illinois, USA, Keely’s fiction has appeared in the anthology super/natural, The Sun, and Inter-Magazine. Their essays have appeared in journals such as James Baldwin Review and Safundi, as well as the publications ArtThrob, Mask, Flaunt, Full Stop, and Autre. They were a finalist in the Winter Tangerine Awards, a recipient of the Manchester University Graduate Student Essay Award, and the winner of the Ruth George Poetry Prize. Keely’s first novel, How To Build a Home for the End of the World, is forthcoming from Perennial Press.