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Portia Malatjie

Portia Malatjie (b. 1985) is a Johannesburg based curator and art historian. Malatjie completed her Masters in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011, following a Fine Art degree at the same institution in 2008. Her curated exhibitions include Blissful Disturbance at the Michaelis Gallery (2011), CityTales and CountryScapes at Museum Africa (2011), Random Access at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios (2011), Transference at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2012), and [dis/play] at GoetheonMain and Ansteys Building (2012). Her writings have been published in the Mail & Guardian, Artthrob, and numerous exhibition catalogues, such as Alterating Conditions in 2012. In 2011, she participated in the 24 Hour Suburban Residency at the Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg where she organized a one-day workshop for emerging curators. Malatjie is currently lecturing History of Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She was guest curator for the 2012 MTN New Contemporaries Award; the exhibition was held at the historic Castle of Goodhope’s BBlock in Cape Town.

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