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Walkabout: Sean O'Toole (Curator) | SOLO

Curated by Art School Africa

16 February 2024
14:00 – 15:00
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Lower Long Street 1, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Sean O’Toole is writer, editor and curator based in Cape Town. His recent curatorial projects include the thematic exhibition Congress: The Social Body in Three Figurative Painters (2021) at Norval Foundation and research exhibition Photo book! Photo-book! Photobook! (2022) at A4 Arts Foundation, both in Cape Town. He has published two books: Irma Stern: African in Europe - European in Africa (2021), a monograph on the expressionist painter Irma Stern, and The Marquis of Mooikloof and Other Stories (2006), which included a short fiction awarded the 2006 HSBC/SA PEN Literary Award. Sean has edited three volumes of cultural essays, most recently The Journey: New Positions on African Photography (2020), with Simon Njami, which received a New York Times critics’ pick for Best Art Books 2021. He is a contributing editor to Frieze magazine, a founding editor of the urban affairs journal Cityscapes, and a past editor of the quarterly magazine Art South Africa. His essays, cultural journalism and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Aperture, Artforum, Frieze, Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times.

 

Sean O’Toole is the curator of SOLO. SOLO seeks to fully explore the artistic practices of artists working locally and abroad, through curated solo presentations.

 

Art School Africa, a non-profit organisation established in 2022, is dedicated to empowering individuals across the African continent to kickstart or advance their careers in the art industry. In partnership with the Harvard University Center for African Studies, the organisation conducts comprehensive research, spanning countries such as South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana, to gain profound insights into the distinctive challenges faced by art practitioners as they embark on their professional journeys. This research forms the foundation for the development of educational content designed to effectively support artists, curators, writers, gallerists, collectors, and more.

 

Embracing a hybrid model, Art School Africa offers a multitude of free online talks and panel discussions, as well as in-person workshops led by accomplished professionals. These workshops are recorded and subsequently uploaded to their growing online platform, which acts as an important archive of shared knowledge pertaining to professional artistic practice in Africa, and ensures accessibility to learners across borders.

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Lower Long Street 1, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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