Curatorial Team

Africa Centre / Spier Contemporary

Africa Centre Board of Directors

  • Derek Carelse
  • Adrian Enthoven
  • Ralph Freese
  • Tanner Methvin (Executive Director)

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Curatorial Team

The Africa Centre appointed a curatorial to curate the Spier Contemporary 2010 exhibition, and specifically to manage the necessary selection process so as to choose which works would be exhibited among the large number of works entered. Their commission expressly provides that all artists selected shall be accorded an equal viewing. In selecting work that ranges from traditional to new media, the curatorial team must fully consider the diversity of work that the exhibition seeks to encourage.

The curatorial team toured South Africa in November 2009 to the 13 selection centres where they viewed the physical work that had been submitted. They then returned to Cape Town to review the postal and online submissions, and over November and December 2009 made the final selection. To see the artists selected for the Spier Contemporary 2010 Exhibition, click here.

The curatorial team for 2010 is:

Meskerem Assegued

Anthropologist and curator, Meskerem Assegued is the director of the Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence centre in Harla, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Over the past 16 years, Meskerem has curated numerous exhibitions, organised art events and served as member of selection committee’s for the 2004 Dak’Art Biennale and the 2007 African Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Farzanah Badsha

Farzanah Badsha works for the Africa Centre as a Project Manager in the Spier Contemporary 2010 production team. Within this team her primary focus is on the management of the curatorial process, the artwork and it’s installation. Badsha taught Contemporary Popular Culture at UCT, and has previously worked on Spier Contemporary. In 2007, she worked on the installation of the exhibition in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Mwenya Kabwe

Mwenya Kabwe is a Zambian-born theatre maker and live performance artist currently living and working in Cape Town, with other home bases in New York and Lusaka. Kabwe is a recipient of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) 2008 award for Best Upcoming Professional Artist and the 2008 Fleur du Cap Award for Best Actress. Kabwe, along with Chuma Sopotela and Kemang WaLehulere, won one of the seven Spier Contemporary 2007 prizes for their collaborative performance work unyawo alunampumlo.

Jay Pather

Jay Pather is a choreographer and director based in South Africa. He graduated with an MA from New York University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1984 and since then has been working with mixed media performance. He has recently been commissioned to make a new mixed media work for the Metropolis Biennale and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Pather was a co-curator for Spier Contemporary 2007/8.

Clive van den Berg

Clive van den Berg is an artist, curator and designer who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Combining museum design, curatorial practice and environmental art, Van den Berg has worked to produce a distinctly South African aesthetic for public space which is both sensitive to local traditions and creative of new possibilities. The same philosophy guides his curatorial work, including, most recently, the Brett Kebble Art Awards, Spier Contemporary 2007 and the Klein Karoo National Kunstefest.

Judging Panel

The judging panel is independent of the Curatorial Team and will comprise of three judges. The Spier Contemporary 2010 judging panel is made up of three renowned international creative players.

The Judging Panel for 2010 is:

Mark Coetzee

Mark Coetzee: Curator

Program Director of PUMAVision and Chief Curator of puma.creative. He also currently serves as the Cultural Specialist for the Zeitz Foundation. Coetzee is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He was the director of both the Contemporary Arts Foundation and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami from 2000 to 2009. He was adjunct curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California from 2008 to 2009.

Committed to education, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, was co-director of the New World School of the Arts Honours Program, and from 2001 to 2009 was the director of the Curatorial Training Program.

He is a respected artist in his own right as well a recognized art historian and prolific writer. Coetzee has published over 30 monograph catalogues on various artists. His latest publications include monographs on Hernan Bas, Keith Haring, Eberhard Havekost and John Stezaker. Coetzee studied at the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

N’Goné Fall

N’Goné Fall: Curator

Fall is an architect, an independent curator, an art critic and a consultant in cultural engineering. She is the author of strategic plans, identification programmes and reports on cultural events and structures for Senegalese and international institutions.  She was the editorial director of the Paris based contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001.

Fall has edited numerous books on visual arts in Africa, including An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century, a seminal survey of art production across sub-Saharan Africa, Photographers from Kinshasa, a book on the history of photography in former Zaire and an Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography.  She has curated exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the USA. She was one of the curators of the Bamako African Photography Biennale in Mali, in 2001 and curated a group show for the 2002 Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Fall is a founding member of the Dakar based collective, Gaw, a platform for research and production in the field of new media and visual arts. She is also a board member of ResArtis, a worldwide network of artistic residency programmes based in the Netherlands.

RoseLee Goldberg

RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Art

Goldberg is the founder and director of Performa. She is an art historian, critic, and curator whose book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979, pioneered the study of performance art.

Former director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator at The Kitchen in New York, she is also the author of Performance: Live Art Since 1960 (1998) and Laurie Anderson (2000), and a frequent contributor to Artforum and other publications.  Goldberg has taught at New York University since 1987. She was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. She founded Performa in 2004.

The Audience Choice Award

The forth judge is the People of Cape Town. They will decide on which artwork receives the Audience Choice Award. This prize will be announced at the end of the Cape Town leg of the Exhibition.