Rabia Abba Omar


Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Rabia Abba Omar is a researcher and curator working towards an MA in Visual Studies from Stellenbosch University’s Visual Arts Department. Her research explores the body as an archive of violences and engages with evocations of body-archives in South African artworks. She likes to think of/with the ocean, memory, archives, material culture, and current expressions of past violences. She holds a MA in Heritage Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was part of the Oceanic Humanities of the Global South, researching the slave ship São José. She currently co-convenes the Archive Speaks reading group in partnership with GUS (Gallery University of Stellenbosch). She is also an alumna of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship and the Accountability Lab’s Non-Profit Management Fellowship