Curatorial Lecture series 'Learning from Artists' with Gabi Ngcobo | Thursday 13 June 2019 - 7 pm


As the final presentation in the 2018-19 Curatorial Lecture series 'Learning from Artists', S.M.A.K. and Curatorial Studies are honoured to welcome Gabi Ngcobo. 

Gabi Ngcobo is an artist, curator and educator living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since the early 2000s Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. Recently she curated the 10th Berlin Biennale titled 'We don’t need another hero' and was one of the co-curators of the 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal (2016).

She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised (since 2016) and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14). NGO focusses on processes of self-organization that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms. CHR responded to the demands of the moment through an exploration of how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art. As a member of CHR, she curated PASS-AGES: references & footnotes at the former Pass Office, Johannesburg (2010) and contributed to the project Xenoglossia, a research project (2010-2012), culminating in an exhibition in Johannesburg in 2013.

Other curatorial projects include Mating Birds Vol.2 at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban (2019), A Labour of Love (2015-2017) at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt and Johannesburg Art Gallery, DON'T/PANIC (2011/12) at the Durban Art Gallery.

Practical information

  • Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7 pm in S.M.A.K.
  • Free entrance

Each academic year, S.M.A.K. and Curatorial Studies at KASK-School of Arts, Ghent, co-organise the prestigious Curatorial Lectures series, given by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. After ‘Working with Artists’ in 2017-18, this year's theme is ‘Learning from Artists’ – the curatorial responsibility of learning from artists, on individual as well as institutional levels.

Anthony Huberman's keynote lecture took place on 14 November 2018, Jean-Hubert Martin's on 16 January 2019, Nicolaus Schafhausen on 19 March 2019.

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