This June sees the launch of a six-part series of conversations between African visual artists and curator Joan Legalamitlwa. This series of conversations, entitled The Intervention, will be part of an online platform that will feature video works by the African artists. The 45- to 60-minute-long monthly feature will take place on the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival online Channel. Each feature will comprise an introduction; a presentation of the artist’s work, followed by a discussion session with the featured artist, facilitated by Joan Legalamitlwa.
The Intervention comes at a time when the global art industry has been dealt quite a blow as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Galleries and museums closed their doors to the public, some shutting down indefinitely. Art Fairs, Biennales and Festivals went into an indeterminate dormant state. Stakeholders in the industry have had to either quit or adapt. The industry itself has had to evolve quite dramatically. Traditional exhibition and sales platforms as we knew them are a thing of the past. The Intervention seeks to fill this void by providing an alternative platform for African visual artists to present their work and have meaningful engagements with an international audience.
About the curator
Joan Legalamitlwa is a South African based film and visual arts curator and project manager and the founding director of Legalamitlwa Arts, an arts organisation which facilitates art projects, talks and film screenings. In her capacity as visual arts curator, Legalamitlwa has curated solo exhibitions for South African visual artists Lerato Shadi, Yasser Booley and Giorgie Bhunu, continuing from her curatorial role at Stevenson gallery between 2010 and 2011. Legalamitlwa co-curated the inaugural TEDx talks in Mahikeng in 2019 and has pulled together numerous collaborative development projects across radio, visual art, television and film and cultural events, most notably as project manager at the Children’s Radio Foundation (2012-2014) and Airlocked Events (2017-2019). She has curated and directed various film festivals and events in South Africa, which include the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival and the North West Film Festival. Legalamitlwa has also curated South African film programmes in Portugal and Brazil and has served on juries at the South African Film and Television Awards, Apollo Film Festival, the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and the Cape Winelands Film Festival. She is currently working on the first ever publication on the visual art history of the North West Province, South Africa.
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