The Stellenbosch Triennale, brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, takes place from 11 February to 30 April 2020 in a location renowned for its halls of academia and historical vineyards.  The upcoming international showcase, extraordinary in terms of international reach and extent of art on show, will place creativity in critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it.  The theme Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us provides the meeting points for engagement with the divided past, the collective present and imagined futures.

AFRICA IS NOW had a discussion with Khanyisile Mbongwa, Chief curator and renowned artist, on the event, the theme and what we can look forward to.

What is your vision for this event?

My vision for the Stellenboch Triennale is to foster a critical space for an eco-system of transformation and transition using art as a lens, a course correction, a stimulus for curiosity and imagination where creatives confront us with what is possible for renewal to happen.

Working towards intersectional accessibility where we not only acknowledge our diverse ways of existing through race, gender, class, sexuality, differently-abled bodies but constantly finding ways of how to practice and therefore normalize intersectional existence as a lived experience.

Recognizing some of the socio-economic and socio-cultural gaps that exist in learning facilitation, education and mentorship are an integral part of our programming on a skills sharing and development level.

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The Stellenbosch Triennale recently announced the first 20 participating artists for its inaugural edition, taking place from 11 February to 30 April at destinations around Stellenbosch.

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The Stellenbosch Triennale has announced its official selection. The inaugural event will be held at destinations in Stellenbosch from 11 February to 30 April 2020.
The selection list reads like a who’s who of contemporary art from Africa. The curator’s exhibition – curated by chief curator Khanyisile Mbongwa with two Triennale curators: Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Nontobeko Ntombela – draws from the Triennale’s overarching theme, ‘Tomorrow There will Be More of Us’.

The exhibition will present contemporary art from African in a critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it. The list of African artists selected by Mbongwa, with her co-curators, informs the major theme.

Artists are set to present works that investigate the possibility of healing through engaging with the divided past, the collective present and imagined futures.

Responding to the nature of the collective destined for the curator’s exhibition, Mbongwa says: “African creatives confront us with what is possible for a renewal to happen utilising art as a lens, a course correction, stimuli around curiosity and imagination. Through the Triennale, we bring work from the continent to the southernmost tip as an intersection of time – where the past, present and future are in dialogue.”

All Triennale artists are of international standing, the exhibition representing a body of inspiring talent, artists whose works are now found in museums internationally, curated into biennials and are housed in important private collections around the world.

Artists on the official selection of the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 are: Bronwyn Katz (South Africa), Donna Kukama (South Africa), Euridice Kala aka Zaituna Kala (Mozambique), Hellen Nabukenya (Uganda), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Igshaan Adams (South Africa), Kaloki Nyamai (Kenya), Kelvin Haizel (Ghana), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda), Mongezi Ncaphayi (South Africa), Nástio Mosquito (Angola), Patrick Bongoy (DR Congo), Reshma Chhiba (South Africa), Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), Sethembile Msezane (South Africa), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Tracey Naa Koshie Thompson (Ghana), Victor Ehikhamenor (Nigeria), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria) and Zyma Amien (South Africa).

The curator’s exhibition will be housed in The Woodmill and on the surrounding precinct and will provide a gateway to the other platforms of the Triennale.

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Stellenbosch Triennale takes great pleasure in announcing the first 20 participating artists for its inaugural edition, taking place from 11 February to 30 April 2020 at destinations in Stellenbosch. The event promises to be one of distinction and inspiration, quite unlike anything that Stellenbosch has seen before.

The curator’s exhibition, curated by Chief Curator Khanyisile Mbongwa with two Triennale curators: Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Nontobeko Ntombela, draws from the Triennale’s overarching theme Tomorrow There will Be More of Us.

Artists on the official selection of the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 Tomorrow There will be More of Us are Bronwyn Katz (South Africa), Donna Kukama (South Africa), Euridice Kala aka Zaituna Kala (Mozambique), Hellen Nabukenya (Uganda), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Igshaan Adams (South Africa), Kaloki Nyamai (Kenya), Kelvin Haizel (Ghana), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda), Mongezi Ncaphayi (South Africa), N?stio Mosquito (Angola), Patrick Bongoy (DR Congo), Reshma Chhiba (South Africa), Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), Sethembile Msezane (South Africa), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Tracey Naa Koshie Thompson (Ghana), Victor Ehikhamenor (Nigeria), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria), and Zyma Amien (South Africa).

The list of African artists selected by Mbongwa, with her co-curators, informs the major theme. Artists are set to present works that investigate the possibility of healing through engaging with the divided past, the collective present and imagined futures.

The exhibition will present contemporary art from Africa in a critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it.

“African creatives confront us with what is possible for a renewal to happen utilising art as a lens,” says Mbongwa. “Through the Triennale, we bring work from the continent to the southernmost tip as an intersection of time – where the past, present and future are in dialogue.”

The curator’s exhibition will be housed in The Woodmill and on the surrounding precinct, and will provide a gateway to the other platforms of the Triennale.

The Stellenbosch Triennale is set to offer an extraordinary collective example of contemporary African art now, representing individuals from the continent who are also at the forefront of contemporary art globally.

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Artist, sociologist and chief curator of the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale, Khanyisile Mbongwa, chats to us about womxn in the arts, sustainability and how to curate with the theme of ”cure and care” at the forefront.
Mbongwa also works with the Norval Foundation as adjunct curator for Performative Practices and with Cape Town Carnival as curatorial and socio-critical development advisor as well as the Handspring Trust’s executive director.
Can you tell us about the idea behind the Stellenbosch Triennale’s theme Tomorrow There will Be More of Us?

The theme is about imaging and creating common sustainable futures by looking at our wounds and instigating ways or methods of healing. It’s about searching for emancipatory practices through remembering the ancestral, the spiritual, the imaginative and becoming.

It’s about our histories of migration, our everyday lived experience and how we have to rethink our concepts of space and the distribution of resources.

Are you hopeful for the future of our planet?

The Amazonia was burning in Brazil last week, this is a signal of the kinds of systemic challenges we facing and fighting – it is nature against capitalism and consumerist culture.

As a realist-optimist, I always have to be critical about where we truly stand as individuals and collective and, I think, we are fighting in our capacities and that gives me hope about human attitude that can influence the condition.

But we can’t be ignorant about the policies, legislation, rules and regulations that are at play and thus for fundamental change in attitudes and conditions to occur, these need to be changed.

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Stellenbosch Triennale takes great pleasure in announcing the first 20 participating artists for its inaugural edition, taking place from 11 February to 30 April 2020 at destinations in Stellenbosch. The list reads like a who’s who of contemporary art from Africa, now. Given the status of the 20 artists on the official selection of the Triennale, the event promises to be one of distinction and inspiration, quite unlike anything that Stellenbosch has seen before.

The curator’s exhibition curated by Chief Curator Khanyisile Mbongwa with two Triennale curators: Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Nontobeko Ntombela, draws from the Triennale’s overarching theme Tomorrow There will Be More of Us.

The exhibition will present contemporary art from Africa in a critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it.

The list of African artists selected by Mbongwa, with her co-curators, informs the major theme. Artists are set to present works that investigate the possibility of healing through engaging with the divided past, the collective present and imagined futures.

Responding to the nature of the collective destined for the curator’s exhibition, Mbongwa says, “African creatives confront us with what is possible for a renewal to happen utilising art as a lens, a course correction, a stimuli around curiosity and imagination. Through the Triennale, we bring work from the continent to the southernmost tip as an intersection of time – where the past, present and future are in dialogue.”

All Triennale artists are of international standing, the exhibition representing a body of inspiring talent, artists whose works are now found in museums internationally, curated into biennials, and are housed in important private collections around the world.

Artists on the official selection of the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 Tomorrow There will be More of Us are Bronwyn Katz, (South Africa), Donna Kukama, (South Africa), Euridice Kala aka Zaituna Kala, (Mozambique), Hellen Nabukenya, Kampala (Uganda), Ibrahim Mahama, (Ghana), Igshaan Adams, (South Africa),Kaloki Nyamai,  (Kenya), Kelvin Haizel, (Ghana), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda),Mongezi Ncaphayi, (South Africa), Nástio Mosquito (Angola),Patrick Bongoy, (DR Congo), Reshma Chhiba, (South Africa), Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), Sethembile Msezane, (South Africa), Stacey Gillian Abe, Kampala (Uganda), Tracey Naa Koshie Thompson (Ghana), Victor Ehikhamenor, (Nigeria), Wura-Natasha Ogunji, (Nigeria), and Zyma Amien, (South Africa).

The curator’s exhibition will be housed in The Woodmill and on the surrounding precinct, and will provide a gateway to the other platforms of the Triennale.

The Stellenbosch Triennale is set to offer an extraordinary collective example of contemporary African art now, representing individuals from the continent who are also at the forefront of contemporary art globally.

The Stellenbosch Triennale takes place from 11 February to 30 April 2020.

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Stellenbosch Triennale takes great pleasure in announcing the first 20 participating artists for its inaugural edition, taking place from 11 February to 30 April 2020 at destinations in Stellenbosch. The list reads like a who’s who of contemporary African art, now. Given the status of the 20 artists on the official selection of the Triennale, the event promises to be one of distinction and inspiration, quite unlike anything that Stellenbosch has seen before.

The curator’s exhibition curated by Chief Curator Khanyisile Mbongwa with two Triennale curators: Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Nontobeko Ntombela, draws from the Triennale’s overarching theme Tomorrow There will Be More of Us.

The exhibition will present contemporary African art in a critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it.

The list of African artists selected by Mbongwa, with her co-curators, informs the major theme. Artists are set to present works that investigate the possibility of healing through engaging with the divided past, the collective present and imagined futures.

Responding to the nature of the collective destined for the curator’s exhibition, Mbongwa says, “African creatives confront us with what is possible for a renewal to happen utilising art as a lens, a course correction, a stimuli around curiosity and imagination. Through the Triennale, we bring work from the continent to the southernmost tip as an intersection of time – where the past, present and future are in dialogue.”

All Triennale artists are of international standing, the exhibition representing a body of inspiring talent, artists whose works are now found in museums internationally, curated into biennials, and are housed in important private collections around the world.

Artists on the official selection of the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 Tomorrow There will be More of Us are Bronwyn Katz, (South Africa), Donna Kukama, (South Africa), Euridice Kala aka Zaituna Kala, (Mozambique), Hellen Nabukenya, Kampala (Uganda), Ibrahim Mahama, (Ghana), Igshaan Adams, (South Africa),Kaloki Nyamai, (Kenya), Kelvin Haizel, (Ghana), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda),Mongezi Ncaphayi, (South Africa), Nástio Mosquito (Angola),Patrick Bongoy, (DR Congo), Reshma Chhiba, (South Africa), Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), Sethembile Msezane, (South Africa), Stacey Gillian Abe, Kampala (Uganda), Tracey Naa Koshie Thompson (Ghana), Victor Ehikhamenor, (Nigeria), Wura-Natasha Ogunji, (Nigeria), and Zyma Amien, (South Africa).

The curator’s exhibition will be housed in The Woodmill and on the surrounding precinct, and will provide a gateway to the other platforms of the Triennale.

The Stellenbosch Triennale is set to offer an extraordinary collective example of contemporary African art now, representing individuals from the continent who are also at the forefront of contemporary art globally.

The Stellenbosch Triennale takes place from 11 February to 30 April 2020.

For more information, visit www.stellenboschtriennale.com