29 Nov 2018

Petersgraben 52, Seminarraum II, 2. Stock

Khanyisile Mbongwa, Unstable Grounds. Deconstructing Self: The Other in Public Space

Khanyisile Mbongwa is a Cape Town based independent curator and award winning artist and will present her work on Thursday, 29 November 2018 during our Research Studio.


Khanyisile Mbongwa works with public space, interdisciplinary and performative practices, unpacking the socio-political, socio-economic, socio-racial and historical-contemporary complexities and nuances of the everyday. Mbongwa is the curator of Puncture Points(2017), Twenty Journey (2014) and former Executive Director of Handspring Trust Puppets (2016). She's one of the founding members of arts collectives Gugulective, Vasiki Creative Citizens and WOC poetry collective Rioters In Session, Mbongwa was a Mellon Foundation Fellow recipient of the Institute of Creative Arts at UCT, where she completed her Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts, Public Art and Public Sphere. In 2012, together with the late Unathi Sigenu, Mbongwa won the MTN New Contemporary Award. In 2013, as part of Her Honors in Curatorship, Mbongwa Curated Demonstrations: Performing Being Black, a two-part exhibition that questioned the idea of 'authentic blackness' manufactured by township tourism agencies and the concept of legitimate and illegitimate spaces. The exhibition was housed at Brundyn + Gallery which was seen as the legitimate space and a series of demonstrations were staged in township alleyways seen as illegitimate spaces. In 2014 she won the Africa Center - Artist Residency at JIWAR in Spain in 2015. Mbongwa was the Special Guest at List Art Fair Basel 2015. In 2016 she curated What Will We Tell Freedom? KwaLanga is part of Africa's Infecting The City. Offering and her piece Umnikelo Oshisiwe FORMED part of the 2016 Afreaka Festival in Brazil, BONE 19 Festival in Switzerland and the National Arts Festival in South Africa. In 2018 she took up a curatorial research residency CAT.Cologne, Germany focusing on the public sphere, interventions and public policies. As a result curated BLUEPRINT: Where There's Nowhere To Go, Where Is Home? Currently working with Norval Foundation as Adjunct Curator for Perfomative Practices and Cape Town Carnival as Curatorial and Socio-Critical Development Advisor.

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