Curatorial practices at the intersection of community building, learning processes, and politics of everyday life.

A conversation between curators Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu and Alessandra Pomarico

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June 21, 2023, 6 pm, tranzit
Event will be held in English.

Curators Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu (South Africa) and Alessandra Pomarico (Italy/US) will share reflections and approaches, as a way of testing what it means to engage in decolonial methodologies and participatory practices, fostering relational processes among curators, artists, organizers, cultural practitioners, institutions and communities of struggle. Which modes of translation, transition, and transmission allow for deep translocal collaborations, mobility justice, reciprocity and solidarity? How do we include feminism, intersectionality, motherhood and our everyday life in curatorial work? Through resonances and across differences - with a desire to learn from each other - the two curators will explore the materiality of their experiences and contexts, and what it means to be working in and with their locations, histories, geographies, and their different Southern perspectives.

Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu is the Founder and Head Curator of makwande.republic, a residency in rural Eastern Cape (South Africa). The residency is rooted in the ethics of care, a love ethic, deep wellness as priority for creating from a place of a healing justice framework. She is also the Director of Greatmore Studio, an artist-led community of practice which has been operational for over 32 years. She is also a performance artist with special interest in spatial justice, public art and heritage and memory and has worked on the African continent and internationally in various capacities engaging with these themes. As an arts administrator, writer and researcher she is interested in mobility justice, equity and inclusivity for artists who are mothers or mothering in the broadest most inclusive use of the word. Mlandu is indigenous healer, facilitator. She is Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. She is an alumni of the Global Cultural Relations Programme by the Cultural Relations Platform, International Society for Performing Arts Fellowship alumni and Devos Institute for Arts Management, University of Maryland, USA Alumni. In all her work she moves from a stand point of a black, radical feminist decolonial and intersectional point of departure as a means to imagine alternative worlds and centres of knowledge production.

Alessandra Pomarico (PhD, Italy/ US) is an independent curator, writer, and educator working at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, and nano-politics. Member of the global Ecoversities Alliance, dedicated to reimagining higher education, she is the co-founder of Free Home University, an artistic and pedagogical experiment focused on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common. She is co-founder of the residency program and community space Ammirato Culture House and recently launched the collaborative projects M.E.D.U.S.E (Mediterranean Ecofeminist Decolonial Union for Self Education) and the radio platform firefly frequencies; she is one of the co-curators of Grounding ~ Seeding at tranzitsk in Bratislava, of The School of the We with in Graz, and #Commoning and # Faju/Healing for the New Alphabet School, a project of HKW, Berlin. She is an editor of artseverywhere and her publications include Pedagogies Otherwise (Ecoversities, 2017) and What's there to Learn (Free Home University, 2018). She also co-edited with Nikolay Oleynikov When the roots start moving/ Resonating with Zapatismo (Archive Book & Free Home University, 2021). Alessandra is often invited to offer training, contribute to conferences, co-design gatherings and consult with formal and informal institutions worldwide.


ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

The conversation is part of a series of colloquia towards Widening our Ecologies of Knowledge: Art, Pedagogy and Community, a research project by Alessandra Pomarico, supported by the Italian Council (2022), the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Event organized in collaboration with

Media partners:, Flash Art CZ & SK, Kapitál,

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