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IQOQO Sessions: Museums

Wed Aug 2, 13:00 - Wed Aug 2, 14:00

True Design, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank


IQOQO Sessions is a series of nine inspiring talks hosted by IQOQO and taking place on 1, 2, 3 August 2023 at True Design in the Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank. IQOQO Sessions is a satellite event of Joburg Decor & Design Week, which is a new amalgamation of three very successful events: Decorex, Design Joburg, and 100% Design. 

Each Session tells a gripping story full of big ideas about how a leading young creative in South Africa arrived at their groundbreaking early-career moment. In the process, these aspirational and educational tales reveal the networks and opportunities that exist in South Africa and the world that they were able to access in order to reach their dreams.

What journey did a filmmaker go on to develop their first feature? How did a fashion designer come to stage their first debut international fashion show? What led to that artist’s first major exhibition? How did a game developer create their game or that architect their first award-winning building? What is the story behind their passion for Virtual Reality? Or how did they end up working in animation?


Gabi Ngcobo is a South African curator, artist and educator. Currently, she is the Curatorial Director at the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP)

Ngcobo studied Art History at the University of Durban-Westville. After completing her BA degree, she worked at the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Cape Africa Platform in Cape Town, where she co-curated the Cape 07 Biennale in 2007 together with Jonathan Garnham. In 2010, she completed a Master's in Curatorial Studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.

Since the early 2000s, Ngcobo has been involved in collaborative, artistic and educational projects. Together with Dineo Seshee Bopape and Sinethemba Twalo she was the founder of NGO - Nothing Gets Organised.NGO focuses on process and self-organisation that take place outside of predefined structures and contexts. In 2010 she established, along with other artists, curators, and writers, the Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR). The CHR responds and questions how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art. The CHR was team-led with Kemang Wa-Lehulere and Donna Kukama, among others, and was part of the 11th Biennale de Lyon.

Between 2011 and 2020 Ngcobo was a lecturer at the Wits University School of Arts, in Johannesburg. During that time, she was a co-curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial in 2016, which was presented at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in São Paulo. In 2018 she curated the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in Berlin together with Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza and Dr Yvette Mutumba. With Mutumba she also co-curated the exhibition A Labour of Love in 2015 as part of her residency at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main.

In 2018, Ngcobo was part of the selection committee that nominated Ruangrupa as the artistic director of Documenta fifteen. Ngcobo was a member of the jury that selected Emilija Škarnulyte as recipient of the Future Generation Art Prize in 2019.



IQOQO Sessions: Museums
True Design, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank
21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196
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