The Centre for Curating the Archive hosted a symposium titled Reimagining Museums and Archives on Friday the 30th of November. The symposium was largely convened by the Honours in Curatorship class and consisted of two panel discussions: Reimagining As Destruction and Creation and Reimagining Where Archives Are Constituted. As well as these discussions a new website was also launched, in collaboration with Iziko Museums of South Africa, Object Ecologies.
As part of their final year projects, for the Honours in Curatorship programme, many of the students chose to curate an exhibition to go along with their research. These exhibitions all centred around an object they had done a study on. Here are some of the exhibitions curated by members of the class including: Georgia Stonehouse who chose a workbook of her grandfather's poetry, Amogelang Maledu who chose an Isigubu drum, San-Mari van der Merwe who looked at a human heart, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose who took the gay flag as their starting point and Melissa Waters who researched birds' eggs.
Object Ecologies, an exhibition by the Centre of Curating the Archive, opened at the South African Museum on Saturday the 3rd of November. The event was well attended with the University of Cape Town's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, giving an inspiring opening speech.
As part of a mutual interest in the mobility of objects, we present four mobile museums, each curated with differing intentions and effects. One details the global perambulations of the rhinoceros; another the botanical ecology of a medicine chest; the third, death and sacrifice in three iterations; and the fourth a collection of museum objects convened by emerging curators.
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.