Featuring an in-depth interview with curator Khanyisile Mbongwa, as well as contributions from artist and academic Nomusa Makhubu and ICA Director Jay Pather.
Khanyisile Mbongwa is a Cape Town-based independent curator who works with public space, and interdisciplinary and performative practices, unpacking the socio-political, socio-economic, socio-racial and historical-contemporary complexities and nuances of the everyday. Mbongwa recently curated the 2020 Stellenbosch Triennale.
In this wide-ranging conversation, Mbongwa reflects on her decision to transition from artist to curator and why she resists the term ‘performance’, we unpack Mbongwa’s 2017 demonstration at the ICA Live Art Festival, kuDanger! and her 2016 collaboration with Urban Village in Soweto, and we visit an alleyway in Gugulethu to talk through Mbongwa’s Masters research on irhanga (township alleyways) as a public space for black self-realisation and self-love, and a tool to critique the spatial politics that limit how townships are imagined.