Tumelo Mosaka on the local art scene
Posted: 11 August 2017
Cape Town Art Fair’s missions has been to showcase emerging art in Africa and its diaspora while developing a healthy South African art market. Under the direction of new chief curator Tumelo Mosaka, the vision has become more focused – to make Cape Town a global, singular destination to showcase cutting-edge contemporary African art. Mosaka began his curatorship at this year’s fair by presenting Unframed, an innovative section dedicated to large-scale sculptures and interactive installations. ‘We felt the need to offer a viewing experience that went beyond the booth – something that couldn’t easily conform to conventional presentation,’ he says. Having spent the past two decades in the United States working as an independent curator, an associate curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and a contemporary art curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Illinois, Mosaka took on the Cape Town Art Fair curatorship out of an intense desire to reconnect with his home country – and continent – both personally and professionally. Do you have your eye on any new artists? Marcia Kure from Nigeria, Maurice Mbikayi from the DRC and Jackie Karuti from Kenya. Which local artists are doing well on the international market? By sales, William Kentridge is probably on top. Others, such as Nicholas Hlobo and Dineo Seshee Bopape, are getting a lot of attention. What’s your favourite piece of art at home? Something my four-year-old daughter draws on a good day. Something unbashful, bold, abstract and beautiful made with love, passion and desire.