Local Address: NGO (Nothing Gets Organised), Johannesburg, South Africa

Abandoning the Scene of History


Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 6:30 – 8 pm
CP Projects Space
132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10011


Free and open to the public.


The MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA is pleased to present the next event in its “Local Address” series of panel discussions and conversations: “Abandoning the Scene of History,” a conversation between Gabi Ngcobo and Adrienne Edwards about Johannesburg’s art and culture scene through the prism of South Africa’s post-apartheid era and contemporary curatorial practice.




Gabi Ngcobo

Gabi Ngcobo is the curator of the upcoming 10th Berlin Biennale. Since the early 2000s, Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial and educational projects in South Africa and internationally. She is a founding member of the Johannesburg-based collaborative platforms NGO (Nothing Gets Organised) and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14). NGO focuses on processes of self-organization that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms. The CHR responded to the demands of the moment through an exploration of how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art.


Recently, Ngcobo co-curated the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), which took place at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in São Paulo, Brazil, and A Labour of Love, 2015, at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has worked at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and at the Cape Africa Platform, where she co-curated the Cape07 Biennale, 2007, Cape Town. She has collaborated with various institutions, including Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; Durban Art Gallery, South Africa; Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg; Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC), Johannesburg; LUMA/Westbau, Pool, Zurich, Switzerland; New Museum, Museum as Hub, New York, US; and Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal, among others. She has been teaching at the Wits School of Arts, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa, since 2011. Her writings have been published in various catalogues, books and journals. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg and Berlin for the preparations of the 10th Berlin Biennale.


Adrienne Edwards

Adrienne Edwards is a curator at Performa, visual arts curator at large at the Walker Art Center, and a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at New York University. Her scholarly and curatorial work focuses on artists of the African Diaspora and the Global South, including the Blackness in Abstraction exhibition and catalogue for Pace Gallery and 1:54 PERFORMS for the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. For Performa, Edwards curates programs, projects and productions with a wide range of artists, including Performa commissions by Edgar Arceneaux, Juliana Huxtable, Rashid Johnson and Laura Lima, in addition to projects and productions by Jonathas de Andrade, Chimurenga, Benjamin Patterson, Pope.L, Ralph Lemon, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Adam Pendleton, Dave McKenzie, Wangechi Mutu, Will Rawls and Carrie Mae Weems. For the Walker, Edwards develops and implements artist projects and exhibitions, expanding interdisciplinary scholarship and research while making key contributions to the Walker's acquisitions planning. She is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues and art publications, including Aperture, Art in America, artforum.com, Parkett, and Spike Art Quarterly.