Gabi Ngcobo

Gabi Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational work in South Africa and on an international scope since early 2000s. She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms “NGO - Nothing Gets Organised” and the now defunct “Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR 2010–12-14). NGO focuses on processes of self-organization that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms. CHR responded to the demands of the moment through an exploration of how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art. As an active member of CHR Ngcobo worked on various projects that became public in Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York, Lyon and Berlin. In November 2011 she curated DON’T/PANIC an exhibition that took place at the Durban Art Gallery correspinding with the 17th Conference on Climate Change (COP17). In 2015 she joined the curatorial team of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo which opened in September 2016 and co-curated A Labour of Love, 2015/17, at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, DE and Johannesburg Art Gallery, ZA respectively. She has worked as Assistant Curator at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, SA, and at the Cape Africa Platform where she co-curated the now defuct Cape07 Biennale, 2007, Cape Town. In 2018 she and her appointed team co-curated the 10th Berlin Biennale under a title “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (9 June – 9 September).  

Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Mating Birds Vol.2
Main, Mezzanine and Media galleries