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Storm Janse van Rensburg
Storm Janse van Rensburg (South African, b.1972) is a curator of contemporary art working in an international context. He started at the Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg (1995 - 1999) and served as curator of the Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts, Durban (2000 - 2006). He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa and senior curator at Goodman Gallery (2007 - 2012). He lived and worked in Berlin, Germany (2012 - 2015) as an independent curator and researcher, and worked with leading institutions in the city such as Savvy Contemporary and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He was a fellow of the Academy for Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany (2013 - 2015) and co-curated projects at Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth. He has edited and written for a number of exhibition catalogues and journals.
As head curator of exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, U.S.A. (2015 - 2019), he was responsible for a group exhibition celebrating the centennial of the life and legacy of Jacob Lawrence in 2017. Other group exhibitions at the museum include “In Passing: American Landscape Photography” (2015); “Built, World” (2016); “I See You” (2018) and “Frederick Douglass: Embers of Freedom” (upcoming 2019) developed collaboratively with curatorial colleagues. He oversaw new commissions by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Michael Joo, Robin Rhode, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, mentalKLINIK and Raphaël Barontini. Other significant solo exhibitions include projects by Toyin Ojih Odutola, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Azikiwe Mohammed, Lorainne O’Grady, Nicholas Hlobo, Omar Victor Diop, Paola Pivi, Yang Fudong, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Hernan Bas, Lavar Munroe and Sue Williamson.
This November, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town. The program will coincide with Infecting the City, the longest running public arts festival in the country, curated by Jay Pather.read more »