With a career spanning over two decades, independent curator Tumelo Mosaka has secured his current standing as one of SA’s top curators. In 2017, he returned from the US, where he served as Brooklyn Museum’s Associate Curator of Exhibitions and the Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum. We are proud to announce Mosaka’s inclusion as a judge in the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards.
Moved deeply by the brutality and censorship of the 1980s, Mosaka soon learnt that art could be used for political awareness-raising. He learnt to communicate visually through banners and protest posters. After 1994, his career in curation started with the production of his show ‘Youth Uprising Point of No Return’ at the first Joburg Biennale.
Mosaka left South Africa for the US in the 1990s. There he obtained an MA in curatorial studies, spent two years in Charleston, where he worked as a public art programme curator,
and honed his practice. He lived in New York for many years, and, as a result, he says, “I’ve become more aware of my many identities and am now better informed about how I’m viewed and the ways I position myself.”
After a sojourn of two decades, Mosaka returned to curate the critically acclaimed Investec Cape Town Art Fair in 2017. Of the local art industry, he says: “We need to endorse existing cultural institutions and education, which provide a much-needed perspective of who we are and where we’ve come from.”
His curatorial achievements so far range from the local (both in SA and the US) to the international. Among others, his work includes shows in Champaign (Illinois), Brooklyn and Charleston (South Carolina). His show, Otherwise Black (2014), was displayed at the first ever International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Martinique.