Featuring an in-depth interview with curator Nkule Mabaso, and with contributions from ICA Director, Jay Pather,academic Samuel Ravengai and choreographer and founder of the Moving Stories Theatre Organisation, Aphiwe Mpahleni.
Nkule Mabaso, an artist and curator with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Masters in Curating from Zurich University of the Arts, is best known as a curator of visual art. This includes her role as Curator of UCT's Michaelis Galleries – where she curates and coordinates exhibitions, talks and symposiums – as well as major independent projects like the South African pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which she co-curated with Dr Nomusa Makhubu in 2019. (Read more about Mabaso and Makhubu's recently published book There are Mechanisms in Place).
But in this episode, we explore a critical but lesser-known facet of Mabaso's diverse practice: her experience creating and curating performative interventions and installations that probe the politics of hair and beauty.
In particular, we dive into her 2012-2013 performance, The Black Threat, a collaboration with artist Maninzi Kwatshube, starting with a walk through Cape Town’s CBD to re-visit the site where the work intervened into the public life of the city in March of 2013.