Festival celebrates emerging voices in public art curation
“Working alongside emerging voices in public art curation is critical to developing the vision and reach of Infecting the City ,” says founding ITC curator and director of the Institute for Creative Arts, Jay Pather. “It is also a joy to engage with fresh visions in a very complex city and country.”
For the 2019 festival, Pather has two curatorial fellows in his team, young and upcoming independent curator, Amogelang Maledu, and acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Elvis Sibeko.
Sibeko is an award-winning dancer and choreographer, specialising in South African dance styles and what has become known as an African contemporary form. He has performed, taught and choreographed numerous national and international theatre arts festivals, working alongside renowned theatre-makers. He was recently awarded the DOX award from the Netherlands, which gave him the opportunity to teach and choreograph at four Dutch universities and theatre companies.
Sibeko will be co-curating two programmes for ITC 2019 – Programme 2 (Tuesday and Wednesday), a day-time event traversing the city centre from Thibault to Greenmarket Square; and Programme 6 (Saturday and Sunday), inside and around the Castle of Good Hope. The first programme is imbued with classical African tradition, ritual and ceremony, and the second programme focuses on land and healing at various sites around, in and overlooking the very contentious Castle of Good Hope.
Artists Sibeko is collaborating with include Siwela Sonke and Indoni dance companies, Mzo Gasa, Bulelani Mabutyana and others.
Amogelang Maledu is an independent curator, currently completing the Iziko Museums of South Africa graduate internship programme, focusing on art collections. She is also the curatorial assistant for the South African Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, a course contributor at UCT’s Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA), and a member of UCT’s Works of Art Committee, which is responsible for the University’s art curation and acquisitions. She recently co-curated a group show titled ‘Connections at Greatmore Studios’ in Cape Town, and a group exhibition with UNDERLINE projects at the Johannesburg Art Week 2019.
For ITC 2019, Maledu is co-curating 15 artists for Programme 4 (Thursday), a self-guide map to clusters of art installations, some with performative elements, around Church Square, the Slave Lodge, Government Avenue and the Company’s Gardens. Artists include Sydelle Willow-Smith, Asemahle Ntlonti, Qondiswa James, Nicolene Burger and Sanjin Muftic.
With the likes of Maledu and Sibeko on board, audiences can look forward to a distinct and inspired curatorial vision.