Ulf Vierke is the director of Iwalewahaus, museum for contemporary African arts and the African Studies Center of the University of Bayreuth. Furthermore is the head of DEVA, the digial research archive of the African Studies in Bayreuth. Additionally he acts as Principal Investigator at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). Together with Ute Fendler and Nadine Siegert he is a leading researcher at “Revolution 3.0”, one of the subprojects of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. In his curatorial practice he focuses on photography and contemporary media arts, mostly in the Eastern African and lusophone context.
Nástio Mosquito born in 1981 in Angola, largely educated in Portugal, and now currently living in Belgium, Nástio Mosquito is emerging to be one of the most exciting artists of his generation and was recently awarded the Future Generation Art Prize. Rooted in the broadcast industry, where he worked previously as director and cameraman, his practice embraces video and music, performance and installation.
Theatrically, Mosquito takes centre stage in his work. He often assumes roles, through mimicry, in order to express ideas occurring to him, not so much as his own cherished beliefs but rather observations on human folly manifested in modern life. The distance between his actual identity and such characterisations enables him to express himself variously as being transgressive, cool, cynical, profane and vulgar. “Nástia”, a know-it-all with a Russian accent – a monster engendered by the Cold War – epitomises this tendency, and often makes an appearance.
Mosquito has performed at music festivals within the context of visual arts programmes – Biennale of Bordeaux (2009), Tate Modern (2012), Berardo Collection (2013) – whilst having a lively online presence, including an app, and a recently released album, Se Eu Fosse Angolano. Ikon presented DAILY LOVEMAKING, Nástio Mosquito’s first solo museum show from February –April 2015 in Birmingham
Previous group exhibitions include 9 Artists at Walker Art Center (2013); Politics of Representation, Tate Modern (2012); and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010).
Nadine Siegert is the Deputy Director of Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Mainz,
where she worked in the African Music Archive until 2008. In 2012, she finished her PhD thesis on Angolan Contemporary Art Production. Since 2007, she curated exhibitions such as Nástio Mosquito – Dzzzz (Bayreuth 2008), António Ole – Hidden Pages (Bayreuth 2009), Contrary Alignment (Nairobi 2009), Portraits of a Slippery Look (Nairobi 2010), GhostBusters I and II (Berlin 2010/2013), and Mash Up (Bayreuth 2015).
She is an Associated Project Leader of sub-project 5, Revolution 3.0 and forms part of the curatorial team of the upcoming exhibition, Future
Africa – Visions in Time.
Katharina Fink works as researcher, writer and cultural organizer. She holds a Magister in Cultural Studies from University of Thübingen and a PhD from BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth. She is and has been engaged in various projects ranging from all cultural areas to research and teaching. Her particular interest is to combine theoretical and practical aspects of aesthetics with societal issues: What can ‘beautiful’ mean? She’s also facilitating the literary estate of late South African author, Bloke Modisane.
Currently she holds the position of a Post-Doc-researcher at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, where she is part of the sub-project TP 5, Revolution 3.0. She not only was essential in developing a new method, used in this sub-project, called the Icon Lab, but also forms part of the curatorial and organisational team for the upcoming exhibition, Future Africa – Visions in Time. Keeping in touch with her second home university, she’s affiliated researcher at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Johannesburg.
Storm Janse van Rensburg (b. 1972) is an independent South African curator currently based in Berlin. He was previously senior curator at Goodman Gallery Cape Town (2007 – 2011) and curator of the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), Durban (2000 – 2006). He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), and facilitated and coordinated the first VANSA Curator’s Workshop, Robben Island (2006). Curated group exhibitions include New Painting a national traveling exhibition at the KZNSA, University of South Africa Gallery and the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2006) and Nation State (co-curator, 2009), The Marks We Make (2009), and EAT ME! (2011) amongst others for Goodman Gallery South Africa.
Curated solo exhibitions include Beau Diable by James Webb for the National Arts Festival (2007) and Wonderland, the Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition by Nontsikelelo Veleko (2008). He curated the first South African solo exhibition by Hank Willis Thomas, All Things Being Equal (2010) and the first exhibition focused on the portraiture of David Goldblatt, Portraits at Goodman Gallery Cape Town (2011).
Since his relocation to Berlin in 2012 he has been working closely with the artist Abrie Fourie as project curator for Oblique, which has been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa; Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, Germany, SMAC Gallery Cape Town (2012 – 2013) and Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah (2013) and Atlanta (2014).
He curated the group exhibition The Beautyful Ones at Nolan Judin, Berlin (2013) and co-curated with Nadine Siegert the two person exhibition GhostBusters II with Delio Jasse and kara lynch at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2013). Most recently he curated A temporary admission by Bridget Baker for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown South Africa (2014). He has edited a number of exhibition catalogues and has written for African Arts journal, Art South Africa and Canvas magazines amongst others. He is a Fellow of the Academy for Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany, and co-curator Roundtables for the year long research and exhibition project Giving Contours to Shadows, an initiative by SAVVY Contemporary in association with Neuer Berliner, Kunstverein.
We are happy to announce this year’s City Writer in Bayreuth: Moses Serubiri. In May and June, Moses Serubiri will write about Bayreuth, about life in Bayreuth – and bring new perspectives, new stories, unheard fictions, necessary comments. We are looking forward!
Moses Serubiri is an independent art writer, researcher, and curator. His interests lie in coloniality, language, and politics of urban space. He is published in magazines such as Chimurenga (South Africa), Kulturaustausch (Germany), and C& – Contemporary And (Germany). He holds a Higher Diploma in Software Engineering (2013), and graduated from the 5th CCA Lagos International Art School in Dakar, Senegal. His research and curatorial projects include ‘Life mu City’ (2014), a research project on urban language, currently in it’s 3rd volume, at the Goethe Zentrum Kampala; the biennial contemporary art festival, KLA ART – UNMAPPED (2014) looking at sociological studies on urban mapping and social classification in Ugandan cities; as a research intern for C& – Contemporary And, he explored African contemporary art on the international art scene. He is the second international city writer in Bayreuth, after Dr Tom Odhiambo’s stay in 2014. More
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