12 Jul 2019 - 14 Jun 2019

Talks Programme Sponsored by RMB Private Bank

Curators Kefiloe Siwisa and Nomvuyo Horwitz have sought to ignite wakeful practice, mindful reflections and (thought) activations on issues related to art production, critique, structures of education and sustainability, and models of the future in our contemporary (South) African context.



12:00 – 12:15

The Year of the Mirror: Opening remarks

Welcome and opening remarks by the programme curators Nomvuyo Horwitz & Kefiloe Siwisa


12:30 – 14:00

Instituent Practice as Curatorial Practice

Workshop with Amy Watson & Mika Conradie, founders of POOL (Curatorial and Artistic Production Platform)

In this presentation, led by the co-directors and founders of POOL (a Johannesburg based not-for-profit platform for experimental curatorial and artistic production), participants will collectively consider and complicate the role of the curatorial in instigating and shaping institutions and in turn the role that organisations play in supporting creative practice.


14:15 – 15:00

Between Worlds 

conversation with Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi and Lady Skollie on their life work and journey as artists, moderated by Nomvuyo Horwitz and Kefiloe Siwisa (curators)


15:15 – 16:15

Teach me all teach me nothing: Contemplating artist training

Panel discussion with Shonisani Netshia (artist & UJ lecturer), Lawrence Lemaoana (Talent unlocked mentor/artist), Donna Kukama (artist & Wits lecturer) moderated by Prof Kim Berman (Co-founder of Artist Proof Studios) 

In the wake of radical educational reform movements, this panel will address the issue of artist training programmes. Focusing on formal and alternative methods of knowledge exchange, the panel will evaluate the shifting nature of educational models and the impact these have on artists; including artist development, production, reception, and prospects.


16:30 – 17:30

The Oasis: Centering art platforms on the margins

Panel discussion with Angela Shaw (KZNSA curator), Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu (Founder of Makwande Republic) and Lonwabo Kilano (Thupelo Arts Centre trustee), moderated by Farieda Nazier (curator, researcher)

In this discussion, a diverse range of art practitioners operating platforms ‘on the margins’ of the local and global art market will consider the capabilities and efficacies of creative hubs. How are these non-aligned spaces centering the margins, challenging the hierarchies of the 'art world', and sustaining new creative constellations ?



11:30 – 12:30

We Began Before Words: Art writing and critique in South Africa

Panel discussion with Maneo Mohale (writer, poet), Thuli Gamedze (writer, curator), Matthew Blackman (arts journalist), Athi Mongezeleli Joja (journalist & author), moderated by Ashraf Jamal (author & critic) 

What is the role of art writing and critique, where art and its experiences transcend language and literacy? What are the chosen languages of art discourse and who is voicing them? This session will focus on the relationship between the written word and visual culture, particularly in our African context.


12:45 – 13:45

It was Given to me to Give to You: Art collecting & inter-generational wealth creation

Panel discussion with Jack Ginsberg (Ampersand Foundation), Sean Meyersfeld (investment specialist) and Dr Alastair Meredith (Senior Art Specialist: Strauss & Co)

In this panel, art’s potential as a form of wealth creation and legacy building will be explored. Investment specialists and collectors will discuss how establishing an art collection can be an integral part of a robust investment portfolio.


14:00 – 15:00

There are No Lines Here: Queering visibility and representation

Panel discussion with Jody Brand (artist), Evaan Ferreira (artist), Umlilo (musician), moderated by Keval Haries (Director: Gay and Lesbian Archive GALA)

The panelists in this discussion are all practicing artists whose works' deal with the froughtness of identification and (self)representation. Using mythological fantasies, the virtual and the speculative, these artists are shaping aesthetic forms and narratives that challenge binary identity politics.


16:00 - 16:45

A Meeting of Minds: Louis Khehla Maqhubela and Douglas Portway

A lecture by Wilhelm van Rensburg (Senior Art Specialist: Strauss & Co)

Louis Khehla Maqhubela and Douglas Portway met for the first time in St Ives, Cornwell, in 1967. The meeting impacted both artists’ thinking and the manner in which they painted subsequently. This lecture will examine the intersection of the work of these two artists, looking at their art training and early influences, and how their styles developed after they met.



12:00 – 13:00

A Womxn's Work: Sculpting and Living 

A discussion with Avi Sooful and Chrisel Attewell on the processes, practices, challenges and glories of being a (female) sculptor in South Africa.


13:15 – 14:15

When Things Fall Apart: Systematising ethics and empathy in the creative industry

Panel discussion with Heidi Sincuba (artist) and Keneilwe Mokoena (artist), Nathi Simelane (Artist Proof Studios), moderated by Hlonipha Mokoena (WISER)

Can structures of care and human-centred practices be (re)systematised to address inequality, exploitation, and collective anxieties within South Africa’s contemporary art sector? What are the ethics of contemporary creative practice, and is it possible to transform such ethics into robust policies that can be implemented?


14:30 - 15:30

Concerning Us: On collective sustainability

Panel discussion with Blaque INQ Contemporaries (Kamogelo Masemola), Danger Gevaar Ingozi Studio (Chad Codeiro), Free State Collective (Karen Brusch), moderated by Aysha Waja (curator)

This panel will explore how artist collectives can be sustained and developed, against a trend of their rapid dissolution.  What is the value of collaboration and can collectives withstand the fast-pace changes of the industry while maintaining their identities and ethos ? 


16:00 - 17:00

Breathing Room: Yoga with the Nest Space 

The Nest Yoga Studio will lead a guided yoga and meditation session with a  focus on embodiment, breathing, and mindfulness. (First Floor in the Graduate Exhibition Space)

Spaces are limited to 15 people first come first serve. 


The talks and walkbaouts are free for all fair ticket holders on a first come first serve basis.