We are pleased to announce Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020’s guest curators. The Fair will leverage the creative visions and expansive networks of multiple curators overseeing our various special sections. Nkule Mabaso (Curator, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director, MAN-Contemporary Art Museum, Nuoro, Italy) will co-curate Tomorrows/Today, the section of the Fair dedicated to highlighting the practices of emerging and under-represented artists. Portia Malatjie (Adjunct Curator, Norval Foundation, Cape Town) will interpret space as a thematic focus in SOLO, the section of the Fair which offers a more in-depth view of varied artistic practices. Tumelo Mosaka returns to the Fair, contributing his expertise once again to engage with non-profit organisations in Cultural Platforms and igniting stimulating conversations in the Talks Programme.
Tomorrows/Today | Nkule Mabaso and Luigi Fassi
Mabaso and Fassi will collaborate to present a fresh and exciting interpretation of Tomorrows/Today. The section seeks to highlight the practices of emerging and under-represented artists.
Commenting on the possibilities offered by the section, Nkule Mabaso says:
“Tomorrows/ Today is a well marketed section of Investec Cape Town Art Fair. For an emerging artist, this publicity can go a long way towards social interest in their career which, when well-exploited, could translate to further opportunities. The platform is also a deliberate effort to introduce artists from other regions and support exceptional talent today as they become tomorrow’s great artists.”
Mabaso is Curator at Michaelis Galleries (Cape Town) and Co-Curator of the South African Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennale, alongside Nomusa Makhuba. Titled “The Stronger We Become” , the exhibition includes the works of Dineo Seshee Bopape, Tracey Rose and Mawande Ka Zenzile.
Luigi Fassi says of his contribution to Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020:
“I hope to achieve an inspiring overview of emerging artists, one where even well-traveled and sharp collectors can come across artists and works they didn’t know before. Fairs that focus on particular geographical areas are sought after by curators, because they offer a more specific context to investigate.”
Fassi is the Artistic Director of MAN Contemporary Art Museum (Nuoro, Italy). He served as a committee member of Alserkal Avenue Residency Programme in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2016 – 2018). He has also curated several exhibitions and public art projects as Visual Art Curator at the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria (2012 – 2017), and organised the Present Future section at Artissima in Turin, Italy (2010 – 2016).
SOLO | Portia Malatjie
In its third iteration, SOLO will be led by Portia Malatjie. This section seeks to offer greater insight into the practices of artists from a wide cross-section of contexts, giving visitors respite within the bustling fair aisles, in the form of curated solo presentations.
Malatjie comments on SOLO‘s thematic focus:
There are a number of ways that the issue of space can be approached, including looking at how its politicisation – through issues of geopolitics, migration, spatial practice and theory, diasporic studies and borders – appears in artistic practice. More deeply, I am interested in how the notion of space not only presents itself thematically in artworks, but what is at stake when we pay attention to the visual, sonic and performative ways that artworks and artists occupy exhibition and non-exhibition spaces.
Portia Malatjie is Adjunct Curator at Norval Foundation (Cape Town) where she curated exhibitions Batlhaping Ba Re! Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi (2018) and Trade Winds: Yinka Shonibare CBE (2019, co-curated with Owen Martin). Malatjie is currently completing a PhD in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is also an Associate Lecturer of Visual Cultures. She has published in local and international peer-reviewed journals and exhibition catalogues, including Third Text, the Berlin Biennale catalogue (2018), and the Venice Biennale’s South African Pavilion catalogue (2019). She has served as a board member of the Visual Arts Task Team (Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths), Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and Iziko South African National Gallery.
Cultural Platforms | Talks Programme | Tumelo Mosaka
Tumelo Mosaka will return to Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020, this time in the capacity of guest curator for Cultural Platforms and the Talks Programme. Cultural Platforms is the section of the Fair dedicated to highlighting the work of non-profit organisations, collections, and foundations working within the field of contemporary art. The section is subsidised, allowing these organisations to connect meaningfully with the large number of art collectors, curators, and enthusiasts who attend the Fair.
In regard to his aims for the section, Mosaka states:
“Within the Cultural Platforms, I would like to see an experimental approach that is driven by showcasing new approaches to art practice. I am interested in works that defy the traditional art fair presentation.”
Mosaka will also be lending his expertise to the coordination of the Talks Programme, a series of panel discussions by leading experts on a range of topics spanning the collection, curation and production of art, open to all fairgoers for attendance.
Commenting on the contribution of a strong talks programme to Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Mosaka says, “The Talks Programme is a perfect platform to explore various topics engaged by artists. It is the vehicle for generating discussion, and debate about current issues and the marketplace. It provides an opportunity to share and learn from international professionals alongside local specialists.”
Currently working as an independent curator, Mosaka acted as Fair Curator at Investec Cape Town Art Fair from 2017 to 2019. He has had an illustrious career in the United States, with positions as Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois. His curatorial projects have explored global and transnational artistic production especially from Africa, the Caribbean and North America. His past exhibitions include Turning Tide, at the Mémorial ACTe Museum, Guadeloupe (2017), Andrew Lyght: Full Circle at the Dorsky Art Museum (2016), described by the New York Times as “stunning” and “long overdue”;Poetics of Relation (2015) at the Pérez Art Museum in Florida, and the 1st International Biennale of Contemporary Art (BIAC) (2014) in Martinique.
As stated by Mosaka, “Investec Cape Town Art Fair has become a reputable international destination for contemporary art. The list of participating galleries and artists demonstrates its international reach. The Fair offers high quality presentation and nurtures young galleries and emerging artists especially from the African continent. It has become the platform for viewing contemporary art and networking with professionals from abroad.”
Through their expertise, creativity, and professional networks, the addition of guest curators within our curated platforms will contribute greatly to our guests’ experience of Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020. We look forward to presenting their contributions in the upcoming edition.
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