SCENORAMA – A Curatorial Project at Javett-UP


As a world-class art centre, the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria aims to go beyond the traditional functions of a museum or gallery by embracing the ever-present potentialities potential of the curatorial through experimentation and collaboration with artists and various partners. Now in full swing, the Javett-UP 2022 programme has been designed to seek moments of introspection and reflection towards these meaningful engagements that allow spaces for creating new possibilities. SCENORAMA is curated by Javett-UP Curatorial Director Gabi Ngcobo working closely with the Javett-UP curatorial team.

SCENORAMA features research and artistic positions by Amanda Mushate, Luana Vitra, Manyaku Mashilo, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Nyakallo Maleke, Oscar Murillo, Paulo Nazareth, Simnikiwe Buhlungu & Tessa Mars and Thierry Oussou.

SCENORAMA combines the words ‘panorama’ and ‘scene’ in order to present a viewpoint of shared networks of experiences, beliefs and knowledge systems across different localities in Africa and the Diaspora. The artists included in SCENORAMA are interested in creating new ways of thinking about the accessibility of individual and collective experiences. With research focuses that oscillate between historiographical impulses and systematic formation and transformation they provide possibilities for the emergence of multiple statements that mark the present by engaging our experiences and perceptions of historical time.

In SCENORAMA the gallery space is choreographed as a living and changing space, with some of the works changing in form and at times spilling out into the outside areas of the Javett-UP. The project will be layered over months allowing for situations and propositions sitting adjacent to each other to shift and morph giving space for performances and other actions to mark and transform the space and therefore our ideas about concepts explored by artists and their collaborators.

This curatorial project is made possible through the assistance, partnerships and collaborations with the Frequencies Institute and Oscar Murillo Studio, Stevenson Gallery, Insite/ Commonplaces, Thiago de Paula Souza, First Floor Gallery and I’ve Seen Your Face Before via Goethe Institut, Sao Paulo.

Javett-UP continues to be interested in the productive friction that gives birth to fresh ideas and relationships between objects, people, places and concepts. The evolutionary transdisciplinary experience proposed by SCENORAMA is open to the public at the Javett-UP Bridge and Connecting Gallery from May 2022 to March 2023.

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Standard Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00 | Tuesday to Sunday with the last admission at 16:00.

About The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP)

The Javett-UP is a space that enhances unique and exceptional transdisciplinary learning through the arts. We engage diverse publics in exploring the human condition and reimagining our futures.

The Javett-UP is a partnership between the University of Pretoria and the Javett Foundation. Both share a firm belief in the value of the arts for society in general and education. It’s a project that is collegiate as it is philanthropic. With one foot firmly rooted in academia, and the other embedded in the public, Javett-UP aims to make the art of Africa accessible, relevant and engaging.

Researching pan-African creative impulses lies at the very heart of the work of the Javett-UP. We aim to set new benchmarks in curatorial practice, conservation and education. The fact that the Javett-UP is part of the University of Pretoria’s research, teaching and learning resource means that this is a place not only for enjoying art but for learning about it, too. At the Javett-UP, learning and enjoying are two sides of the same coin. Both are valued, and both are encouraged.

Lakin Morgan-Baatjies
The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP)