We are thrilled to announce our ten chosen curators for the third iteration of our educational programme, CuratorLab. This year our reach extends to and from Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.
CuratorLab is an online mentorship programme focused on fostering professional practice skills for emerging curators on the continent. We have selected ten emerging curators, offering them mentorship and professional practice training while they plan and conceptualise an exhibition, centred on artists from their community. The curators will be offered a permanent exhibitor profile on Latitudes, with a comprehensive marketing campaign, commission on sales and stipend.
The programme runs from 23 January - 10 April 2024. Keep an eye out for the participants curated shows on Latitudes.
Adeyosola Adeniran (Nigeria)
Adeyosola Adeniran, an artist and curator based in Lagos, currently serves as Curatorial Assistant at the African Artists' Foundation and LagosPhoto Festival. Her curatorial practice is based on close collaboration with artists to realise and/or present their best work.
Baoagi Keitshokile (Botswana)
Baoagi Keitshokile is an artist, born and raised in the village of Serowe, Botswana. He is currently serving as a creative hub manager and operating a studio at Khama III Memorial Museum in his home village, where he is also a volunteer and assists in curating exhibitions. He's also actively involved as an adjudicator for Botswana's constituency arts competitions and National Art festival, championing and nurturing emerging talents.
Bayron Van Wyk (Namibia)
Bayron Van Wyk, writer, researcher and cultural worker, has been working at the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) where he has been exposed to the intricacies surrounding Namibian collections, including cultural objects and artworks. He aims to draw on his academic expertise in both Anthropology and History to develop innovative curatorial approaches.
Giancarlo LaGuerta (Botswana)
Giancarlo LaGuerta is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and curator, born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana. His work (curatorship and art practice) attempts to destigmatize conversations around politics, masculinity, culture and heritage in the context of Botswana.
Kamogelo Sebopa (South Africa)
Kamogelo Sebopa is a Johannesburg based emerging artist and curator. Sebopa recently obtained her degree in a BA Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Sebopa is currently interested in drawing and printmaking and furthering her curatorial practice. She was recently shortlisted and won the CCAC student competition for printmaking.
Kukua Kweku-Badu (Ghana)
Kukua Kweku-Badu is an independent curator, and poet, exploring decolonial and queer alternate realities and global contemporary art. Kweku-Badu works collaboratively to shed light on post-colonial struggles, prioritizing the narratives of queer/trans-Indigenous individuals across the Global South, the diaspora, and beyond. Their curatorial approach focuses on reimagining ways of presenting and engaging with art, as well as exploration of the multifaceted dimensions of identity.
Ng'onga Silupya (Zambia)
Ng’onga Silupya (b. 1996) is a Cultural Practitioner, Arts Administrator and Curator from Lusaka, Zambia. She is an educator who focuses on using art as a means of raising awareness on environmental, cultural and social political issues. Her research interests lie on the role of Cultural Heritage in contemporary art and exploring ways that young artists, communities and institutions are engaging with the legacy of the past. She associates her work with narratives, prejudices, superstitious practices, natural phenomena and physical constructions connected with various ethnic groups in Zambia and across the globe.
Onyịnye Alheri (Mozambique)
Onyịnye Alheri is a multidisciplinary artist and curator born in Lagos, Nigeria and living in Mozambique. At the core of Alheri's practice is an exploration into the depths of consciousness and existence. Alheri is a member of Aguas Migrantes, a collective composed of interdisciplinary artists across continents.
Raelee Seymour-Brown (South Africa)
Raelee is a multimedia artist, designer and curator from Johannesburg, South Africa. With an aesthetic focus on novelty, irreverence and the unseen, Seymour-Brown's work divulges the potency of what is often considered mundane, exploring the intricacies and complexities of the pop culture zeitgeist through a variety of mediums including digital illustration, writing, ceramic works, fashion and design.
Tlotlo Lobelo (South Africa)
Born in South Africa in 1992, Tlotlo Lobelo completed a Bachelor of Technology in Fine and Applied Arts, majoring in Art History, Glass blowing, Figure Drawing, and Communication. To complement his Arts Degree Tlotlo enrolled in the Pretoria Art Museum Art Education program that certified him as an Art Education assistant and Art Facilitator.
In his curatorial practice, he has had the liberty of curating a number of exhibitions across South Africa - from FNB Art Joburg Art Fair to the Absa Gallery's KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees). In his essential function as a curator, Tlotlo aims to work with multidisciplinary works from artists of the global south who present through movement, sound, and visual communication their most earnest expressions of art.
Anastasia Pather - Programme Manager
An artist and curator, Anastasia has over 10 years of experience working in the cultural sector and is a specialist in arts education, relationship-management, project-leadership and multi-stakeholder engagements. Anastasia’s work is held by several major collections including the Spier Arts Collection and the Sasol Art Collection. Anastasia is currently exhibiting at the Museum of African American Art (AAM) in Dallas, Texas, USA in an exhibition entitled, 'If you look hard enough, you can see the future'. In 2022 she opened an art consultancy, AP.AD, that designs and manages corporate art collections with a specific focus on South African artist development; her clients include J.P. Morgan, South Africa.
Nina Carew - Programme Facilitator
Anelisa Mangcu - Mentor
Anelisa Mangcu (b.1992) is a curator and interdisciplinary art practitioner based in Cape Town. She obtained an Honours in Curatorship from the Centre for Curating the Archive, at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She has curated over 40 exhibitions and presentations for fairs such as FNB Art Joburg, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 1-54 New York and RMB Latitudes Art Fair. In 2020, she founded Under The Aegis, which offers curatorial and art advisory services, and facilitates the relationship between artists, galleries, collectors and institutional collections from the African continent and the diaspora.
Nkgopoleng Moloi - Mentor
Nkgopoleng Moloi is a writer based in Cape Town. She is interested in the spaces we occupy and navigate through and how these influence the people we become. Writing is a tool Moloi uses to understand the world around her and to explore the things she is excited and intrigued by, particularly history, art, language and architecture. She is the current Editor of Arrthrob. Her work has appeared in Art Forum, Elephant Art, Mail & Guardian and the British Journal of Photography. She recently curated "Practices of Self-Fashioning", an exhibition exploring queer mobility, at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.
Sana Ginwalla - Mentor
Interested in politics of identity, home and belonging, Sana Ginwalla is an Indian-Zambian curator and archivist. She is the founder of Everyday Lusaka and Zambia Belonging, photographic platforms dedicated to shifting towards more considered visual representations of Lusaka’s past and present in order to build a contemporary archive for future generations. Zambia Belonging is a counter-archive of found and submitted archival photographs made in Zambia that are otherwise unseen in institutional archives. The collection has been presented at the Lusaka National Museum, the 13th African Biennale of Photography in Bamako, the Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre as well as the University of Cambridge.
Teboho Ralesai - Mentor
Teboho Ralesai is a Johannesburg-based curator and artist. Having grown up between Sharpeville, Zone 7 Sebokeng and Boipatong, areas deeply marked by collective violence, Ralesai uses this sense of displacement and confusion as an opportunity to critically examine the weight of history and its enduring impact on individual and communal recollections within the context of post-apartheid South Africa.
Valerie Kabov - Mentor
Valerie Kabov, is an independent scholar, art historian, art advocate and art entrepreneur focused on decoloniality and economic equity in contemporary art in Africa. She is the co-founder of First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe’s leading contemporary art space, as well as co-founder in 2016 of African Art Galleries Association and in 2019 the Emerging Painting Invitational, pan-African painting prize (2019). She sits on the Advisory Board of East African Museum of Art Nairobi (EAMAN). Valerie holds a MA in Art History & Theory (Curatorship, Cultural Economics),University of Sydney, and LLB, B.Com from University of Melbourne, Australia. She has been based in Harare, Zimbabwe since 2010.
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