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Meet the Judges - Zanele Mashumi, 2017

Soweto-based curator and founder of Mashumi Art Projects, Zanele Mashumi, says that it’s an exciting time to be an artist in Africa.


1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Soweto. I’m a founder of Mashumi Art Projects and have hosted a number of exhibitions. Art has always been my passion. I always want to find new ways to invent and shift things.

2. Did you study formally, and if so, at which institution?

Yes, I did. I studied Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg.

3. How do you feel about being chosen as a judge for the PPC Imaginarium Awards?

I’m always motivated to take part in the art industry. I was a judge for ABSA L’Atelier competition last year. It's always eye-opening to see the kind of talent we have in this country. The PPC Imaginarium has a very different medium, which is cement, and so it’s very exciting. I can't wait to see the final products.

4. What key aspects will you be looking at when judging contestants’ work?

I want to see how differently they have used the material and how they manipulated it to work with their concept.

5. What are your thoughts on art and design in South Africa and Africa as a whole?

I think Africa as whole is being recognised because we have a lot to offer in terms of creativity. People are starting to identify with Africa and taking the risk of exposing their creativity.

6. What do you think about the future of art and design in South Africa?

I think the future is already here because other countries are curious and interested in what South Arica has to offer. We just have to ensure that they stay curious.

7. What advice would you give young and up-and-coming designers and artists?

I would advise them to do research and network as much as possible and exhibit as much as possible to build their brand.

 8. What has been the highlight of your career?

There has been a lot. I think it would be being able to host pop-up shows in Soweto and Johannesburg. Most importantly, almost every show I’ve curated has been a learning curve.


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