The curator of Bodyland :: Anelisa Mangcu

Anelisa Mangcu is a Curator and Interdisciplinary Art Practitioner based in Cape Town. She co-founded Victory of The Word NPC, an organisation that works on funding and investment strategies to stimulate and preserve art entities such as Lovedale Press. She has curated exhibitions for local and international art fairs which include booths for FNB Art Joburg, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (New York), Latitudes Art Fair and AKAA Art and Design Fair.

In 2020, she founded Under the Aegis, a curatorial and art advisory company, that produces exhibitions and facilitates the relationship between artists, collectors and institutional collections from the African continent and the diaspora. She obtained an Honours in Curatorship from the Centre for Curating the Archive at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

Her curatorial interest is in the exploration of intersectional African identity, challenging established paradigms and drawing connection between the historical and the contemporary, conceptually linking historical, traditional, modernist, and contemporary art in Africa, while holding space for a polyphony of ideas and positions.