Interviews with Curators

Life Goes On – Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja (2019)

Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja’s curatorial practice currently focuses on live public art and is influenced by his own performance practice. While working for the John Muafangejo Art Centre he curated several exhibitions and live events. Much of his work also took the form of workshops and discussions that questioned the institutional framework of the arts. For example, …

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Something needed to change – Elize van Huyssteen (2019)

Much of this interview with Elize van Huyssteen reflects on the colonial history that is wrapped up in the collection that she managed for the Namibian Arts Association. Describing her role as that of an educator, van Huyssteen focused on challenging this history by producing exhibitions from the collection as well as with contemporary artists. …

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Listening and paying attention – Gina Figueira (2019)

In this interview Gina Figueira speaks about her work as the collections curator at the National Art Gallery. In this role she cared for the artworks housed at the gallery and worked on exhibitions of the collection. Figueira reflects on that labour, discussing the colonial histories embedded in the collections and institutions where she has …

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A space I’m willing to share – Frieda Lühl (2019)

In this interview Frieda Lühl speaks about the exhibitions she has facilitated at The Project Room, which is an independent workshop and gallery space, based in her house in Windhoek West. The Project Room has grown to host eleven exhibitions a year. Lühl speaks about the importance of sharing space and creating platforms like this …

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Eating is important – with Hildegard Titus (2019)

This interview series starts with Hildegard Titus who talked to me about her work as a freelance curator. Hildegard reflected on the curator’s ability to transform a space, either by actively creating access for individuals who have been previously excluded or by converting a non-institutional site into an exhibition space. Hildegard also spoke about the …

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