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Curatorial Intensive Johannesburg 2013

Mar 7 – 12, 2013

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Developed by Independent Curators International (ICI) in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, the Curatorial Intensive Contemporary Curatorial Practice examines the pragmatics of organizing exhibitions while addressing the specificities of curating in the African context. 

This week-long course focuses on exhibition development — from building working relationships with artists to the theoretical aspects of turning a concept into a project — and explores critical curatorial strategies for working in various exhibition spaces.

With an international roster of speakers, Contemporary Curatorial Practice considers experimental approaches to exhibition-making and new ways of working within institutions.

Mika Conradie

Mika Conradie (b. 1989, South Africa) is a writer and researcher.

Josh Ginsburg

Josh Ginsburg was born in 1981 and received his MFA from University of Cape Town in 2011 and Bsc. in Electorical Mechanical Engineering from University of Cape Town in 2004.

Hama Goro

Hama Goro began his artistic career in 1987 after studying at the National Institute of Art in Bamako, the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam, Masters in Artistic and Cultural Actions CAMM-Bamako Mali.

Nkululeko Khumalo

Nkululeko Khumalo has taught art and design at the Sedibeng College in Vanderbijlpark and enrolled in a Masters degree in Fine Art under Heritage Studies. She was selected by Development Bank of Southern Africa to do an artists’ mentoring program, as well as a residency program at the Greatmore Studio.

Portia Malatjie

Portia Malatjie is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Discourse of Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town) and Adjunct Curator of Africa and African Diaspora at the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational at Tate Modern. 

Robinah Nansubuga

Robinah Nansubuga is working toward a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Makerere University and has been organizing curatorial projects in Kampala sincec 2004.

Karen Obling

Karen Obling is a Nairobi-based, Danish freelance art-writer and curator with a background in art history and cultural communication from the University of Copenhagen.

Marie Hélène Pereira

Marie Hélène Pereira is Senior Curator (Performative Practices) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Mthabisi Phili

Mthabisi Phili started organizing exhibitions in 2009, after having gone through training for Exhibitions Officer at Visual Arts Association of Bulawayo (2007-09).

Maria Fidel Regueros

Maria Fidel Regueros is currently the Co-Founder and Creative Director of ROOM by URBANART PROJECTS – an independent project and exhibition space in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is Project Manager for the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Zdenka Badovinac

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and art critic who has served as Director to the Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art) in Ljubljana since 1993.

Gabi Ngcobo

Gabi Ngcobo is Director of Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam.

Koyo Kouoh

Koyo Kouoh is the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa.

Didier Schaub

Didier Schaub is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Doual'art in Douala, Cameroon.

Riason Naidoo

Riason Naidoo is an independent curator based in South Africa.

Nontobeko Ntombela

Nontobeko Ntombela is a curator based in Johannesburg.

Michelle Marxuach

Michelle Marxuach lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she is the co-director and co-founder of Beta-Local.

About the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios
The Bag Factory, more formally known as the Fordsburg Artists’ Studios, is a non-profit organization established in Johannesburg in 1991 to initially provide studio space for South African visual artists. Under apartheid South Africa endured numerous cultural setbacks due to restrictive governmental policies, educational deficits and the international cultural boycott imposed against the country. As a result, generations of South Africans were cut off from the international art scene. The Bag Factory works to promote and develop the visual arts through its provision of subsidized studio space, professional skills development programs and its visiting artists residency program. In 2013 the Bag Factory is working to deal with the distinct lack of curatorial experience within the Country. The Bag Factory is a member of the Triangle Network.

The Curatorial Intensive: Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios was generously funded by Arts Collaboratory through the Triangle Network, with additional support by Africalia through the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), the South African National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Everard Read Gallery, Sam Nhlengethwa, and the Goethe Institute.