2-6 March – Refilwe Nkomo and Akansha Rastogi
Director Vansa, Johannesburg, South-Africa
Refilwe Nkomo is a Johannesburg based multidisciplinary artist, curator, educator and community organiser producing cultural and artistic interventions, programmes and installations using various mediums including performance, video, text and dance at the intersection of arts and social justice. Her research, workshops and performances have been the recipient of numerous awards and have been presented in South Korea, Ghana, Botswana, Brazil, Germany and the United States. She has founded organisations and platforms including We Are Here (WAH), a non-profit organisation working with men and boys to dismantle gender-based violence, founded in 2010. She holds a B.Bus.Sci degree from the University of Cape Town and an MA in Arts and Politics from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts|Art and Public Policy). Refilwe serves on the leadership committee of IMPACT (Imagining together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation) and is a Clore Chevening Fellow 2019/2020.
Senior Curator of Programming and Exhibitions, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
Akansha Rastogi is Senior Curator of Programming and Exhibitions, at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in New Delhi. She has served as associate curator of India Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019) and participated in many curatorial residencies. Her research focuses on the history of modern and contemporary Indian art exhibitions, and she is working on a series of essays and a book of interviews. Her recent curatorial projects at KNMA include “Smell Assembly” (2019), “What Place is Kitchen? What Place Community?” (2018); “Hangar for the Passerby” (2017); conversation series “Invitation for a Coup” (2016); “Zones of Contact: Propositions on the Museum” (co-curated with Deeksha Nath and Vidya Shivadas, 2013); and the performance series “Inhabiting the Museum” (2011–2015). She has been an active member of artists-led initiatives, forums, and collectives in Delhi and her additional ‘curatorial-objects’ include “The Souvenir Shop” at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai (2018); and “Tilting” at School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai (2018).