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RMB Latitudes international galleries platform 2023


RMB Latitudes 2023 is proud to launch the International Galleries Platform as a sustainable means for galleries and artists on the continent and in the diaspora to show in South Africa.

The platform presents the opportunity to propose artworks for inclusion within a curated special project. Each year, selected works will be curated thematically so that participating artists are represented in a nuanced way that speaks to their unique practices. Our theme this year is Coemergence.

Coemergence within the African art context refers to the intersection of various cultural and aesthetic influences on the creation and interpretation of art from Africa. This can include the blending of traditional and contemporary art forms, the incorporation of elements from different ethnic and regional cultures within Africa, and the impact of global perspectives and influences on African art.

The 2023 International Galleries show is led by curator Nkhensani Mkhari, in close dialogue with the Project Advisory Committee members; Azu Nwagbogu, Valerie Kabov and Lucy MacGarry.

The Platform is managed by an experienced team of Latitudes-appointed curators. If you would like more information and to participate please email Nkhensani Mkhari here.

About the curator & Project Advisory Committee members

Nkhensani Mkhari is a curator and researcher. They have a background in Information Design, Cinema and Artistic and curatorial practice from The New Centre For Research and Practice. Their practice focuses on exploring individuality, collectivity and the meaning of sharing space. Their research is rooted in migration, myth, cultural practices and modes of hearing. Nkhensani has curated several exhibitions and has been awarded a fellowship by Akademie Schloss Solitude and scholarships, including the New Centre for Research and Practice scholarship for Art and Curatorial Practice and the A4 Foundation annual Curatorial Connective. They have curated workshops and group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally.

Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of African Artists’ Foundation, LagosPhoto Festival and Art Base Africa. He served as interim head curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa and has been a juror for multiple photography awards and organizations. Nwagbogu has also curated private collections and has a Master’s in Public Health from Cambridge. He currently resides and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

Lucy MacGarry is co-founder and director at RMB Latitudes and Latitudes Online. Prior to this she coproduced Latitudes Art Fair at Sandton City and has held the following positions: director of Lucy MacGarry Art Advisory, curator of the 2017 South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; curator of the FNB Joburg Art Fair; curator of the Spier, Nando’s and Hollard Collections, gallery director of David Krut Projects and owner of L’MAD Collection. She holds an MFA from Wits University and a BCom(Hons) from UCT.

Valerie Kabov is an educator, writer, and researcher in the field of art and audience engagement, with a focus on intercultural dialogue. She holds a PhD in Art History and Cultural Policy from the University of Paris 1, Sorbonne, and a Master’s in Curatorship and Modern Art from the University of Sydney, as well as degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Melbourne. Her research and educational work aim to support contemporary art and artists and engage broad audiences, fostering intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. She has taught at various levels and delivered guest lectures internationally, and is a trainer for the British Council’s Creative Enterprise Programme in Africa. She is also the co-founder and director of education at First Floor Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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