2019 Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town: Public Symposium

2019 Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town Public Symposium
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

University of Cape Town, Michaelis School of Fine Arts Campus
31 - 37 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
FREE and open to the public

The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town will present the exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the program. The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program that brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program page for further information.

Participants include: Sven Christian (Johannesburg, South Africa), Giulia Colletti (Palermo, Italy), Fatou Kiné Diouf (Dakar, Senegal), Innocent Ekejiuba (Lagos, Nigeria), Martha Kazungu (Kampala, Uganda), Emily Kuhlmann (San Francisco, CA), Obed Mokhulani (Gaborone, Botswana), Twin Mosia (Petrus Steyn, South Africa), Tatiana Rais (Bogotá, Colombia) Phumzile Nombus Twala (Johannesburg, South Africa), Phokeng Tshepo Setai  (Cape Town, South Africa), Simangaliso Sibiya (Johannesburg, South Africa).

The Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town, South Africa is 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.

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The Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town is made possible in part by grants from the Hartfield Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and by generous contributions from ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund,  and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

November 20, 2019

31 - 37 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa


Sven Christian

Sven Christian is an independent writer, editor, and curator, currently pursuing an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practices at Wits University. He is the co-editor of Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work (Zeitz MOCAA: 2019), a publication on the work of William Kentridge; as well as Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era (Zeitz MOCAA: 2018).

Between 2017 and 2018 Sven was enrolled in the Zeitz MOCAA Curatorial Training Programme. During this time he assisted with the museum’s opening exhibitions, managed the production of Edson Chagas’ Luanda, Encyclopaedic City (curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera), and was the organising curator of Publishing Against the Grain, a travelling exhibition conceived and produced by ICI, New York, which opened at Zeitz MOCAA in November 2017 before travelling to CCA, Lagos.

Between 2015 and 2017 he was the assistant editor at ART AFRICA magazine. Prior to that he founded Ism-Skism, an ongoing artist-led initiative that encourages participants to produce work in the public domain.

Giulia Colletti

Giulia Colletti is an art historian and curator. Her research feeds into complex cartographies, liminal existences, and marginal grammars. She is charge of the Public Programs and Digital Sphere at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. She has been recently appointed member of the Curatorial Board of the 19th Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. Colletti holds a joint Master of Letters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Glasgow. She has been a Visiting Lecturer of The Glasgow School of Art and the recipient of UK Young Artist Research Fellowship 2019. In 2017, she was Visiting Curator at The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. Her professional experience includes curatorial and editorial training positions respectively at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow; at OFF Biennale Budapest (2015); and at 56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte La Biennale di Venezia. She has independently curated an array of exhibitions with artists including Elisabetta Benassi; Sarah Browne; Marcel Broodthaers; Núria Güell; Adelita Husni-Bey; Hanne Lippard; Wolfgang Tillmans; and Sue Tompkins, amongst others. In her capacities at Castello di Rivoli, she has recently coordinated the exhibition and co-edited the monograph Giuseppe Penone. Incidences of the Void (2019).

Innocent Ekejiuba

Innocent Ekejiuba is a project manager and art administrator with varying interests that include art, technology, social media, traditional journalism, educational reforms, and history. He is also a tech enthusiast, media analyst, literary critic, and a media advisor to Sankofa Initiative for Culture and Development, and FourthCanvas Design Agency. Innocent is currently the Project Manager for Invisible Borders Trans-African Organisation. In 2019, Innocent Ekejiuba collaborated with art critic and writer Yinka Elujoba to form their two-man curatorial collective, Kaito Collective.

Martha Kazungu

Martha Kazungu is the Assistant Curator at the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg (MARKK). She is an alumna for Àsìkò school, a programme founded and directed by Bisi Silva. She received her BA at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine art at Makerere University. She is currently completing her master’s degree in African Verbal and Visual Art with a focus on media and curating in Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. She has contributed articles for Contemporary And magazine, Start Art Journal and Art Africa Magazine as well as on her personal blog. Before enrolling for her MA, Kazungu not only worked with Makerere Art Gallery, 32 Degrees East the Ugandan arts Trust, Goethe Zentrum Kampala but also assisted in many exhibitions in Kampala, most notably the Kampala Art Biennale 2016 where she served as curatorial assistant. She is currently working on two projects; one concerns researching graphic art from Uganda and the other is titled Tuwaye (let’s converse) and works towards creating safe spaces for female artists to interact through dialogue and exhibitions. Throughout her work, she is interested in activating figurative language into contemporary discussions which might be manifested either as exhibitions or text or both.

Emily A. Kuhlmann

Emily A. Kuhlmann is a curator, writer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco. As the Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of the African Diaspora, she has curated the solo exhibitions of Alison Saar, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Todd Gray and Sadie Barnette. She has managed MoAD’s curatorial program for the last five years, organizing the presentation of national, global and hyperlocal exhibitions including Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox (2019), After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art (2018), and Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA (2015), among others.

Kuhlmann’s writings appear in exhibition catalogs including Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Ficre Ghebreyesus: City with a River Running Through It, A Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Muzae Sesay: Skeletons.

Emily received her BA from the University of California, Irvine in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies. Returning back to the Bay Area, she received her Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.

Obed Mokhuhlani

Obed Robert Mokhuhlani was born in 1980 in Sechele Village, Botswana. Obed is currently studying for a Masters in Arts & Culture Management with Rome Business School, Italy. In 2017 Obed graduated with a Distinction in Bachelor of Technology - Fine Art (BTech-Fine Art) from Vaal University of Technology (VUT) majoring in Printmaking and a Diploma in Fine Art in 2015 still at VUT majoring in Ceramics and Printmaking. In 2004 he graduated from Molepolole College of Education (MCE), Botswana, with a Diploma in Secondary Education with a major in Fine Art. He is currently teaching Art at a Junior Secondary School in Kanye, Botswana. Obed has exhibited in numerous Group exhibitions in his home country as well as in South Africa, San Diego, New Mexico and Zambia. In 2015 he exhibited at the 30th Barclays L’Atellier Exhibition at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg. He is a member of Thapong Visual Art Centre in Gaborone in good standing. He
has won several awards in Botswana including Thapong Artist of The Year Award, in 2017 and 2014. He has also attended numerous workshops locally and internationally including the 2017 Tulipamwe International Artist Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia. He is the Chairperson of a newly formed Visual Art Forum for Educators in Southern Africa (VAFESA).

Twin Mosia

Twin Mosia is a multi-award-winning museum curator and activist from a small town of Mamafubedu in the Free State Province of South Africa. He has a passion for
reenacting, heritage, arts, culture and environment. He established a community museum which is currently running virtually to preserve, protect/or conserve and promote of the local history, culture- both tangible and intangible. The museum is also about creating the much needed employment opportunities,simulate efforts of social cohesion,peace/reconciliation in South Africa.

With his events and media management company;The Ingredients Productions, he is busy creating a community park from scratch after identifying an area of about 12ha next to the dam which the community nearly turn into a dumping site. Here he is not only conserving wildlife, birds,fish, flora and fauna - the park is be a space/hub where local creatives, social entrepreneurs, artists, crafters etc can come together and collaborate on ideas, sell products, perform through various events which could generate and grow the local economy. He has worked with local and Dutch film companies to bring South African War to life through reenacting many scenes depicting the role played by the Blacks during the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902; Black White and Khaki, Goede Hoop, HartsKombuis and Arnout Haubens Heldes.

Tatiana Rais

Tatiana Rais (Bogotá 1988) is the co-founder and current director of Espacio Odeón, an experimental contemporary art space in the historic center of Bogotá. Since 2011 she has overseen and helped organize and produce Espacio Odeón´s program—including all exhibitions, art fairs, public programs, theater productions and large scale events. She has also been in charge of fundraising, strategic relations and budget planning for the past eight years.  She graduated in 2011 from Tufts University with a degree in Art History.  Her previous experience includes working as assistant to Asher Remy Toledo, the co-founder of No Longer Empty in New York, where she helped coordinate the public program of the exhibits and, with a grant from Tufts University,  developing an arts-education program in vulnerable communities in Colombia. She has worked as an independent film producer and as a script consultant in several projects. She has been invited to speak at several events, including Conexiones Culturales (Bogotá, 2017) and has published articles in publications such as The Guardian.

Phokeng Tshepo Setai

Phokeng Tshepo Setai is an academic, art-maker, curatorial practitioner and cultural worker living in Cape Town, South Africa. He is currently appointed as an Early Career Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for Humanities Research, Flagship for Critical Thought in African Humanities, and is also a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of the Western Cape. In his curatorial practice, Setai is interested in the post-colonial condition, and believes that art and its curatorial interpretations are integral to the stitching of societal dissonances at the heart of contemporary social life.

Simangaliso Sibiya

Simangaliso Sibiya (b. 1986) is an artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated in 2016 as a printmaker from Funda Community College (formerly known as Funda Centre.) He mainly works in printmaking, a medium which he deploys to address current cultural, political and social issues within the context of his own community of Soweto in particular, and of South Africa in general. Often taking his own biography as a point of departure, Sibiya aims to question the ways in which power dynamics unfold in the daily lives of people who live within marginalized suburbs like Soweto. As a contemporary artist and curator, Simangaliso has a keen interest in African Art. As a creative and social entrepreneur he has pioneered a range of initiatives that seek to address certain issues he is passionate about, while also introducing innovative ways of engaging with visual art. In 2016 he embarked on a street art project called “Stop Nonsense” a project that sought to fight drug and substance abuse in the community through murals.

Phumzile Nombuso Twala

A freelance writer, arts practitioner, social and creative entrepreneur, Phumzile also manages various art projects and is an independent curator and convener.
In late February 2017 she gave a short lecture in the Netherlands about The Role of the Sowetan Artist in the 21st Century as part of the Southern Summer School/Northern Winter Workshops. She also co-coordinated a writing workshop at the Critical Studies department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam as well as a reading event at San Seriffe bookshop. In 2017 she was selected (as the only emerging curator) for the first Art Source South Africa Artist Career Boot Camp Programme (ACBC), at the Bag Factory and later became the first female curator at Eyethu Art Space, the first commercial gallery in Soweto. She has been actively facilitating networks between various cultural spaces/hubs around Soweto.

In 2018 she was appointed Project Coordinator for the Decolonial Futures Cultural Exchange Programme and was selected for the first Connect Hubs Workshop in Cape Town. In 2019 she was the Facilitator of the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards Information Briefing Sessions and contributed towards Artist biography editing and proofreading for the 2019 Catalogue. At the end of 2019 she will be a Communications and Multimedia Alum of the iconic black arts institution, Funda Community College on completion of the Creative Arts Enterprise Incubation Programme. Phumzile has a BCom (Industrial and Organisational Psychology) (UNISA) and a BA (Honours in Media Studies and Journalism) (WITS.)

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