Paula Nascimento (1981) is an architect and independent curator based in Luanda. She is the co-founder of Beyond Entropy Africa, a research studio that operates on the fields of architecture, visual arts and geopolitics and developed a series of curatorial projects bridging art and architecture and design including Luanda Encyclopedic City, the award-winning Angola Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013. As an independent curator, Paula has been working on interdisciplinary projects and exploring post-colonial themes, identity construction, contemporary readings for historical themes. She has curated a number of exhibitions in Angola, South Africa, Portugal, Italy, Bamako Biennial, Lubumbashi Bienial and is the curator of African section and talks at Arco Lisbon Art Fair. Paula is also a founding member of Colectivo Pes Descalços, a platform based in Luanda dedicated to educational projects in the cultural field, and a contributor to several publications.
Since the early 2000’s Gabi Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14). NGO focusses on processes of self-organization that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms. The CHR responded to the demands of the moment through an exploration of how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art.
Ngcobo curated the 10th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art and was one of the co-curators of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. Recent exhibitions also include All in a Day’s Eye: The Politics of Innocence in the Javett Art Collection at the Javett Art Center at the University of Pretoria, Mating Birds Vol.2 at the KZNSA Gallery both in 2019, A Labour of Love, 2015, at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, DE. She has worked at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, SA, and at the Cape Africa Platform where she co-curated the Cape07 Biennale, 2007, Cape Town, South Africa. In the past she has collaborated with various institutions including Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; Durban Art Gallery, South Africa; Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa; Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC), Johannesburg, South Africa; LUMA/Westbau, Pool, Zurich, Switzerland; New Museum, Museum as Hub, New York, US; and Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal, amongst others.
She has been teaching at the Wits School of Arts, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa since 2011. Her writings have been published in various catalogues, books, and journals. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sarah Rifky is co-founder of Beirut, an art initiative in Cairo, and founder of CIRCA (Cairo International Resource Center for Art). She has served as artistic director of ArteEast in New York (2017–18), co-curator of Jogjakarta Biennale XII (2013), curator of Townhouse (2009–11), and curatorial Agent for dOCUMENTA(13) (2012). She is co-editor of Thresholds 47:Repeat, Positionen: Zeitgenössische Künstler aus der Arabischen Welt and Damascus: Artists, Tourists and Secret Agents. She is author of The Going Insurrection (2012). Rifky is a Ph.D. candidate in History, Theory and Criticism at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.