Jay Pather is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, curator and academic. He is a professor at the University of Cape Town, where he directs the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA)
. He is the designer and curator of the ICA Live Art Festival in Cape Town (initiated in 2012) and Infecting the City, a public art festival (launched in 2007). Both events feature artists from across the African continent. Jay Pather is a performative arts consultant for the Africa 2020 season, as well as for numerous art projects in Venice, Munich and Madrid. He publishes widely and has notably directed with Catherine Boulle the important book Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa (2019)
. Among his most recent productions: The Firebird (2016-2018). Jay Pather was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in 2017.
The Green Parrot
is a small-scale organisation dedicated to producing and exhibiting contemporary art practices alongside artists. Since its opening in 2014, it has established itself as a reference for non-profits with a series of exhibitions, publications, and activities with local and international practitioners. The project has also been in residency at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies from 2017-2019 producing a series of programmes and events in collaboration with other institutions and the City Council. Their aim is to create a space for dialogue and exhibitions in the city of Barcelona by working closely to artists and thinkers.