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Riason Naidoo is an independent South African curator, living in Paris since 2018. He is currently engaged in curating, research, and writing on contemporary African art and is preparing a public art project entitled neuf 3 that will take place in the suburb of Saint-Denis (2021). Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (1996) and Master of Arts (2008) in Fine Arts, Naidoo is currently engaged in doctoral research in Art History (University of Cape Town/ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris). He curated the public art project Any Given Sunday (2016) in Cape Town; A Portrait of South Africa: George Hallett, Peter Clarke and Gerard Sekoto (2013) in Paris; 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective (2010) at the South African National Gallery. He was co-curator of the 10th edition of Dak’art in Senegal (2012). Naidoo curated retrospective exhibitions on South African artist Peter Clarke presented in Paris (2013), London (2013) and Dakar (2012) and on photographer Ranjith Kally shown in Cape Town (2011), Reunion Island (2007), Barcelona (2006), Vienna (2006), Bamako (2005), Durban (2004) and Johannesburg (2004). He writes on modern and contemporary African art for publications in Johannesburg, Paris, and New York.
Watch Now! An online conversation with Riason Naidoo, as we revisit Any Given Sunday and the project’s relevance to the present moment as well as to more inclusive curatorial models in formation.read more »
In partnership with RAW Material Company, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal.read more »
This May, ICI, in collaboration with Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), produces the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.read more »
For his program at the Hub, Riason Naidoo will present his documentary film, Legends of the Casbah - ‘Indian’ rebels of the 1950s, followed by a conversation with Dominic Willsdon.read more »
Developed by Independent Curators International in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, the Curatorial Intensive: Contemporary Curatorial Practice will examine the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions, while addressing the specificities of curating in the African context.read more »