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40 Under 40 Africa

Portia Malatjie

28 September 2020

Researcher and curator, London and Cape Town

In her academic research and curatorial work, Portia Malatjie explores ideas of Blackness and Black feminisms on the continent of Africa, paying particular attention to moving image and sound works. She is an adjunct curator at the Norval Foundation and at Tate Modern, where she specialises in the arts of Africa and the African diaspora. She is also a lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts and has taught at Goldsmiths, University of London (where she completed her PhD), and at Rhodes University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Malatjie regularly writes for academic and non-academic publications, including Third Text and Afterall, and she contributed to the catalogue for the South African pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Her previous experience includes being head curator at Brundyn+ Gallery, director of the AVA Gallery and a curator at Tiwani Contemporary. Her essay on the art of Dineo Seshee Bopape will appear in a soon-to-be-published volume, Health, part of the Whitechapel/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art series.

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