Photo by Sofia Colucci courtesy Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
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.