Nina Liebenberg is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, with supervision from Professor Pippa Skotnes and Associate Professor Fritha Langerman. Nina completed her MFA at the University of Cape Town (2011), and her BAFA from the University of Stellenbosch (2003). She has been teaching on the Honours in Curatorship programme since 2013 (‘Local Issues in Curatorship’, ‘Virtual Display’ and 'Working with Museum Collections') and have facilitated annual interdisciplinary workshops for the programme, using curation as methodology to explore various overlaps and connections between diverse university departments. As a practising artist, she has exhibited in a variety of shows, drawing on the expertise of individuals from a myriad disciplines ranging from chemistry, medical imaging, physics, engineering and botany, to portray the intersection between the quantifiable and the poetic.
Exhibitions include Monochrome, The Barnard Gallery (2019); Chest: a botanical ecology, Iziko South African Museum (2018 - 2019); The Landis Museum, Glasgow International and CCA, Derry-Londonderry (2018), Age of Innocence, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (2018); Air: Inspiration-Expiration, Standard Bank Gallery (2017); About empty spaces, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (2016); Bona fides, Jan Royce Gallery (2016); Death speaks, Spin Street Gallery (2015); Scintilla: an alchemy show, Commune 1 (2014); Do It, Michaelis Gallery (2014); Language Games, Cape Town Art Fair (2014); Post-Colonial Africa, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, (2014); Suspicious Mind: Artists’ Exploration of Mind and Matter, Iziko National Gallery Annexe (2014) and Entre-vues, Marnay-sur-seine (2013).
2016 - present
A box with the sound of its own making: curatorship and the empathy of objects, PhD research project