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Gabi Ngcobo

One of the co-curators, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo

Artist, independent curator and educator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her collaborative and individual projects include: Second to None (2005) at Iziko South African National Gallery, Olvida quien soy/ Erase me from who I am (2005) at caam, Canary Islands, Las Palmas, cape07 at various venues in Cape Town, Titled/Untitled (2008), a curatorial collaboration with Cape Town-based collective Gugulective, and Scratching the Surface Vol. 1 (2008) at ava Gallery, Cape Town.

Ngcobo co-curated Rope-a-dope: to win a losing war (2010) at Cabinet, New York, Second Coming, a curatorial collaboration at Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and Just How Cold Was It? at 6-8 Months, a project space in New York. She curated don't/panic, (2011) a project that coincided with the 17th UN Global Summit on Climate Change (cop17) in Durban, South Africa.

She was the first pool Curatorial fellow, and her exhibition some a little sooner, some a little later was held at the Zurich pool/luma Westbau space in 2013. As co-founder of the Center for Historical Reenactments (chr), an independent project based in Johannesburg, Ngcobo curated pass-ages: references & footnotes at the old Pass Office in Johannesburg and contributed to a two year long project Xenoglossia, a research project, which culminated into After-after Tears in New York and Xenoglossia, the Exhibition in Johannesburg.

Ngcobo is a member of faculty at the Wits University School of Arts, in Johannesburg. She is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.


From press information.
© Photo: Sofia Colucci / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

32nd Bienal de São Paulo

10 September - 11 December 2016

São Paulo, Brazil

Curator: Jochen Volz

Lars Bang Larsen
Gabi Ngcobo
Sofía Olascoaga
Júlia Rebouças

Approx. 90 artists and collectives


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