4 art women curators you must keep an eye on
BY SOFIA PALACIOS
From the beginning of the 2000s South African curator, Gabi Ngcobo has been collaborating in different curatorial projects both nationally and internationally. She co-founded the Center of Historical Reenactments: an artistic collaborative project (2010-2014) aiming to revisit South African historical narratives and how those discourses made an impact on contemporary art.
She was appointed as curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale that took place during the summer of 2018. Her curatorial practices focused on offering a multi-layered referential space planning to avoid a unique, exclusive conclusion for a series of artistic proposals. Ngcobo also took part in the curation committee of the 32nd Sao Paulo Biennale and worked in the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. She currently teaches at the School of Art of the University of Witwatersrand and writes articles for different publications.
Currently, Cornell is based in New York and is Chief Curator of the Hessel Museum as well as Director of the Graduate Program of the Center for Curatorial Studies. Previously, she had worked as curator and Associate Director of the technology initiatives department of the New Museum. Her curatorial path has always evolved around contemporary art and digital culture.
Cornell specialised in media art as she has always proved her passion for experimental film and video. Hence, the curator’s creative process always allude to digital animation, virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics, etc. Through this approach, she has succeeded in becoming a key figure when understanding the current relationship and dialogues between contemporary art and new technologies.
Chiocchetti is the founder of the Photocaptionist, a digital platform aiming to explore the photographic relationship and words. She’s a fellow curator of the Victoria & Albert Museum and was also invited to collaborate as a curator at the London Art Fair’s Photo in 2016. She’s currently doing a PhD in Photography, Fictions and Texts at the University of Westminster.
Her research is primarily focused on the relationship between photography and fictions; the intersections between pictures and texts as well as artistic curation through digital platforms.
Since 2016, Keith has been Deputy Director of exhibitions and programs at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Her role is to manage and guide both the curation and exhibitions department as well as the marketing and communications department. Besides regenerating the museum’s image, she has also curated numerous shows such as Black Righteous Space (2016), Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses (2016) Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle: The Evanesced (2017) y Gary Simmons: Fade to Black (2017–8).
Her curatorial practices have evolved around the objective of presenting critical and coherent exhibition alluding to the current sociopolitical situation. Keith has also emphasized the importance of rethinking communicative strategies of museums as they now have the need to engage broader audiences. One of her main objectives at CAAM is to explore the diverse narratives of the African diaspora.