The Centre for Curating the Archive’s Onthouers | Rememberers project launched on the weekend of the 18th of September at the Liggiesfees in Clanwilliam. Members of the Clanwilliam and Algeria communities joined to view the website and Dr Siona O’Connell’s latest documentary film, Uitgesmyt.
George Mahashe is part of the artists-in-labs residency this year - a South African and Swiss residency exchange.
Whilst in Switzerland he will be participating on the panel When Art and Science Meet as part of 100 Ways of Thinking, Kunsthalle Zürich. And will be part of a lecture series at Zurich University of the Arts called Kein Kino, curated by Maike Thies of ZHdK, where he will be talking about his artistic practises.
Amogelang Maledu, of the honours in curatorship class of 2018, writes on the 10th Berlin Biennale curated by South African, Gabi Ngcobo. Maledu looks at how Ngcobo refuses essentialist positions that will box her curation into stringent identity politics, identity politics that are often assumed because of her blackness.
Melissa Waters, of the Honours in Curatorship class of 2018, writes about one of her experiences in Berlin. The students went on a trip, funded by the Mellon Foundation, to visit the 10th Berlin Biennale curated by South African Gabi Ngcobo. However, once in Berlin they found the city had many other curated spaces to explore, as well as the Biennale, including the Natural History Museum.
We remember Bruce Arnott, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, who died on the 19th of July 2018. This is the note of thanks by Professor Pippa Skotnes on the occasion of his inaugural lecture in 2003. We reproduce this here as a small tribute to his remarkable contribution to Michaelis, the University of Cape Town and the students who were, in so many ways, shaped by his teaching. Many of Bruce’s sculptures can be seen on the university of Cape Town Campus, including in the Psychology department, on Memorial Hall plaza, and outside the administration building on Middle Campus.
In June this year's honours in curatorship class had the privilege of visiting Berlin for the 10th biennale. Accompanied by course director, Professor Pippa Skotnes, and lecturer, Nina Liebenberg, the class, not only, visited the biennale but many other curated spaces.
The Honours in Curatorship students recently went on a field trip to the new Norval Foundation in Steenberg. We were excited to be greeted by two graduates of the programme who now work at the foundation, Marc Smith (class of 2016) and Güte Immelman (class of 2017), and just as excited to be taken on a private tour. The tour was led by Kutlwano Mogojwa, curatorial and collections assistant, who took us through Re/discovery and Memory (curated by Karel Nel and on until the 20th of September) which houses work by Sydney Kumalo (South Africa), Ezrom Legae (South Africa) and Edoardo Villa (Italy), an installation by Serge Alain Nitegeka (Burundi), as well as the temporary exhibition Pulling at Threads (on until the 20th of August). We then went on to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes curatorial process and were taken down into Norval's impressive underground storage vaults. Lastly, we wandered around the sculpture garden, marvelling at works such as Ophelia (2012) by Nandipha Mntambo and Again Again (2015) by Brett Murray, both graduates of the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
We were pleased to host ruby onyinyechi amanze for the first of the CCA's Collegian Talks. On the 17th of May amanze spoke on the process her drawings take and the importance of this in the final artwork, looking at her own immersion into the work, quite literally at times, as well as outside influences from different places she has been to and people she's met to how these manifest in the recurring characters of her work..