18-22 March – Follow-up Orientation trip 2018
In September 2018 a group of curators from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland visited South-Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg) and Zimbabwe (Harare and Bulawayo) during the Orientation trip organized by the Mondriaan Fund.
As follow-up of the trip a group of curators from both countries will visit the Netherlands and Belgium. The group will visit institutions and meet art professionals and give a public talk on their practice.
The visit is organized in collaboration with the Netherlands embassy in Johannesburg and the Netherlands embassy in Zimbabwe.
The visit is planned in collaboration with embassy of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe and South-Africa and the Flanders Arts Institute. On Friday 22 March the group will give a talk in Brussels at Beursschouwburg.
Social media and press liaison at Stevenson Gallery, South-Africa
Sinazo Chiya completed a degree in English Literature and Art History at the University currently known as Rhodes and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies at the same school. In 2016 Chiya graduated with an Honours Degree in Curatorship from the University of Cape Town, where she contributed to the Centre for Curating the Archive. She commenced as the social media and press liaison at Stevenson that year. She has written for the publications ArtThrob, Art Africa and Adjective. 9 More Weeks, a book of artist interviews by Chiya was published by Stevenson in 2018. She has since contributed to other publications under the gallery’s publishing arm.
Areas of interest and research include art criticism, critical theory, Structuralism and Post-structuralism, institutional critique and constructions of the American novel. She has recently taken part in a panel discussion titled, Where Is The Curatorial? Where do curatorial practices operate in South Africa, and what are the sites for such critical enquiries? An event that formed part of wider curatorial exchange between the Art Institute of Chicago and A4 Arts Foundation.
Laura Fungai Ganda
Arts management and business development manager with 8 years’ experience in visual, film and literary arts
She has worked with institutions that include the National Gallery of Zimbabwe where she was responsible for programmatic and institutional marketing, Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe as the Festival Director and LitFest Harare in programming. Currently she is the Executive Director at Dzimbanhete Arts and Culture Interactions. She is responsible for mapping the strategic direction of the organisation, programming, project management and identifying artistic, cultural and business opportunities. She has managed international events that include International Images Film Festival for Women (2016) that interrogates women’s issues through film advocating for gender equity and the International Conference on African Cultures hosted by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2017). Through this she contributed to international discourse on African art focusing on exhibitions, art markets, infrastructure development and preservation. She is committed to contributing to the sustainable growth of organisations in the creative and cultural sector through strengthening artistic and management capacities. She seeks to actively connect the industry to markets, audiences and expertise. She has special expertise in marketing, business development, strategic planning, project management and entrepreneurship in the arts sector.
Curatorial Assistant at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)
Sakhisizwe Gcina was born and raised in Queenstown, South Africa. Gcina works within the context of a multidisciplinary space for experimental curatorial practice and research which explores under-represented topics and social issues within a contemporary art museum. He has curated Zanele Muholi and Banele Khoza solo exhibitions at Zeitz MOCAA.
From 2011 to 2013, Gcina obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film and Media Production at the University of Cape Town (UCT) along with majors in English Literature and Philosophy. While a student he was part of the South African Arts Critics Association mentorship programme (2013) and the Highway Africa Future Journalist’s programme (2012), writing articles about performance art published in the Mail and Guardian and Sunday Independent newspapers, under the mentorship of arts editors Matthew Krause and Mary Corrigall respectively, and reviews of shows at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Gcina studied for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Curatorship through the Mellon Foundation scholarship at the Centre for Curating the Archive at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (2014). He received an opportunity to attend the 8th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art. He also completed an African Arts Institute (AFAI) Business of Arts Master Class in the Visual Arts programme. He has previously worked as an assistant curator for the exhibition The Latent Archive, curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa as part of the World Design Capital (2014) pop-up store. Gcina was an AVA Gallery board member and participated at the Cape Town Art Fair (2015) in a panel discussion about “Afrofuturism” while an Artist Representative at Infidels Creative agency.
Director VANSA, Johannesburg, South Africa
Kabelo worked as an associate in the curatorial team at Stevenson gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 2011 until 2016. Her Master’s degree in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand explores alternative funding and institutional models that are rooted in their viability within a South African context. She was a participant of Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive in Accra in 2017 and the 9th Berlin Biennale Young Curators Workshop in 2016. Kabelo also holds an Honours degree in Curatorship from the University of Cape Town and an undergraduate degree in BCom Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg.
Co-founder Village Unhu (artist collective space that has been providing studio spaces, exhibitions, workshops and residency programs for artists – young and professional)
Georgina Maxim was born 1980 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Maxim is known for both working as artist and curator with over a decade of arts management and curatorial practice. Maxim together with two other artists (Misheck Masamvu and Gareth Nyandoro) co-founded Village Unhu in 2012, an artist collective space that has been providing studio spaces, exhibitions, workshops and residency programs for artists – young and professional. From 1999 until 2013 Maxim worked at Gallery Delta Foundation for Art and the Humanities as gallery manager, her first experience during and after her studies at Chinhoyi University of Technology. As an artist, Maxim’s work combines weaving, stitch work and the utilisation of found textiles creating objects that evade definition. The dresses are deconstructed, and at times reconstructed to find new ways of giving tribute to and reflection upon the person that owned the original garment. Maxim describes it as ‘the memory of’. Maxim was a nominee of the Henrike Grohs Award (Goethe Institute, Abidjan) 2018, has exhibited extensively with works being collected internationally and regionally and currently is represented by the Sulger-Beul Lovell Gallery in London. Currently Maxim studies African Verbal and Visual Arts – Languages, Curation and Arts at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
Artist and founder of Njelele Art Station, Harare, Zimbabwe
Dana Whabira is a Zimbabwean artist who lives and works in Harare. An architect by training, she studied art and design at Central Saint Martin’s College in London (2011). Whabira has exhibited widely, she represented Zimbabwe at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and participated at the Dak’Art Biennale (2018) in addition, to taking up residencies and giving talks locally and internationally. In 2013, Whabira founded Njelele Art Station, an urban laboratory that focuses on contemporary, experimental and public art practice. Njelele is a meeting place for critical dialogue where ideas are birthed and resonate out into the city through projects that provoke discussion and engage with the general public.