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Ruth K. Franklin Lecture with Gabi Ngcobo

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Join us for the 2023 Ruth K. Franklin Lecture on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, featuring Gabi Ngcobo.

Gabi Ngcobo is an artist, educator and currently works as a Curatorial Director of the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP). Since the early 2000s Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. Recent curatorial projects include The Show is Over (2022) at the South London Gallery, The ‘t’ is Silent (2022) at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, SCENORAMA (2022), Handle with Care (2021) both at Javett-UP, Mating Birds Vol.2 at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban (2019). In 2018 Ngcobo curatorially directed the 10th Berlin Biennale titled We don’t need another hero and was one of the co-curators of the 32nd Sao Paulo Bienal titled Incenteza Viva (2016). She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised (2016-) and the Center for Historical Reenactments (2010–14).
Ngcobo’s writings have been published in various publications including Shooting Down Babylon: The Tracey Rose Retrospective at Zeitz MoCCA, Cape Town, (2022) Uneven Bodies, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Aotearoa New Zealand (2021), The Stronger We Become the catalogue of the South African Pavilion, Venice (2019), We Are Many: Art, the Political and Multiple Truths and Texte Zur Kunst September 2017.

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We gratefully acknowledge support from the Ruth K. Franklin Lecture and Symposium Fund.

Image courtesy of Jaavett-UP