2017 Talks Programme

2017 Talks Programme
Theater on Nelson Mandela Square,
Saturday 9 September, 13:00 PM – 16:45 PM

The FNBJoburgArtFair talks programme has become a staple feature of the special programming at each edition; it aims to bring together curators, artists, collectors and other interesting personalities from the art world to present talks, debates and important dialogue to visitors. This year is special in that the talks programme will be hosted by the Theatre on Nelson Mandela Square and audiences will have a chance to be part of meaningful conversations about art, spanning a range of relevant topics.


Robin Rhode


Robin returns to the FNB JoburgArtFair as the 2017 Featured Artist, after participating as the Featured Artist at the first edition in 2008. Audiences will hear Robin discuss his installation at the FNBJoburgArtFair this year, his return to the art fair platform after ten years, and how his work has developed over the last decade.


14:00 -14:30PM
Benjamin Genocchio – The Future of the Art Fair in the 21st Century


Benjamin Genocchio, Executive Director of The Armory Show in New York, discusses the role of art fairs and how they must evolve to serve new audiences in the 21st century.


14:30 – 15:15PM
Panel Discussion – Dr. Zoe Whitley in conversation with Penny Siopis, Sue Williamson, Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi


Join us for a lively panel discussion about the ways in which history shapes artistic practice and about how artists account for history’s limitations.


15:15 – 16:00 PM
A conversation surrounding the 10th Berlin Biennale
I’m not who you think I’m not #2 – What to do with anxiety?


I’m not who you think I’m not #2 – What to do with anxiety? is a cooperation with FNB Joburg Art Fair and part of the public program of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and comes with the support of Goethe-Institut. The conversation is part of The School of Anxiety, a project by Moses Serubiri in the frame of the 10th Berlin Biennale. The School of Anxiety is a learning environment that focuses on anxieties of being. While the subject of anxiety is often defined as a psychological condition, this project aims at blurring the lines between artistic practice and an inquiry on social and historical anxiety. The project aligns itself with conversations about unlearning. I’m not who you think I’m not #2 – What to do with anxiety? will present the result of an internal workshop taking place in Johannesburg before the date.

Awuor Onyango (Nairobi, KE), Charity Atukunda (Kampala, UG), Nyakallo Maleke (Johannesburg, ZA), and Sanyu Kiyimba Kisaka (Kampala, UG), who will be in conversation with the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art curator Gabi Ngcobo (Berlin, DE/Johannesburg, ZA) and her curatorial team, composed of Moses Serubiri (Kampala, UG), Nomaduma Rosa Masilela (New York, US), Thiago de Paula Souza (São Paulo, BR), and Yvette Mutumba (Berlin, DE).


16:00 – 16:45 PM
Conversation moderated by Pulane Kingston, Lady Skollie, Zohra Opoku, Peju Alatise, Sethembile Msezane


Pulane Kingston in Conversation with Lady Skollie, Zohra Opoku, Peju Alatise, Sethembile Msezane about the significance and power of womanhood: power through physical absence and absence through self-portraiture.


Fair Information
8 – 10 September 2017

Opening times
Friday, 8 September: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, 9 September: 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 10 September: 11am – 5pm



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