Brenton Maart is the curator of the South African Pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia.
The exhibition, titled ‘Imaginary Fact’, shows artworks that explore the interface between fact
and imagination, using the material records of the past as building blocks. In this seminar he
will talk and present visuals about the curatorial interest, artists and their work, and his
experiences while curating the show.
Brenton Maart is an artist, writer and curator, and is currently working towards a PhD in Fine
Art, conducted jointly through Centre for Curating the Archive at the Michaelis School of Fine
Art and the Archive and Public Culture Initiative, University of Cape Town. He holds an
Advanced Diploma in Photography from the Market Photography Workshop, an M.A. in Fine
Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand and an M.Sc. from Rhodes University achieved
Previous professional positions include those of Director of the KZNSA Gallery, Exhibitions
Curator at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Curatorial Consultant at Freedom Park Trust and
Curator of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Art Collection.
Maart’s photography and installations explore contemporary societies and structures in South
Africa, and his work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and
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