Director, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Clive Kellner attended the first Johannesburg Biennale Trainee Curator Programme in South Africa and received further specialised training at De Appel in Amsterdam (1995-1996). He was appointed projects co-ordinator of the Africus Institute for Contemporary Art (AICA), Johannesburg (1996); assistant curator to both the South African national representation at the Sao Paulo Bienal (1996) and to the artistic director, Okwui Enwezor, of the Johannesburg Biennale (1997/98) and its monumental accompanying catalogue entitled Trade Routes: History and Geography. Work by 400 artists from 63 nations was displayed on this exhibition. He was also co-ordinator of the Rockefeller Foundation project: Ubuntu 2000 (1999); co-founder and director of a non-profit organisation, Camouflage in Parkwood, Johannesburg (1999-2001) that included a gallery, residency programme and an art journal; curator of a solo exhibition of Nigerian/UK artist Yinka Shonibare; and co-ordinator of the National Arts Council and British Council project: Connecting Flights (2000). Kellner has presented papers at various international conferences: Mostra Africana de Arte Contemporea, Museum for Modern Art, Sao Paulo; (Trans) Africa, Palais d'Egmont, Brussels; Towards Transit, Zurich; Five Continents and One City, Mexico City; the Havana Bienal, Cuba; Post apartheid contemporary art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy. He has also written for a variety of publications including Flash Art. International exhibitions of contemporary South African and African art that Kellner has curated include: Vice Verses, Austria (1999); Foto Biennale (2000), Rotterdam; Five Continent and One City, Mexico (2000);Atmosphere Metropolitane: Johannesburg Johannesburg, Milan in Italy (2000); and Videobrasil (2000), São Paulo. He is on the Advisory Boards of the School of the Arts, Tshwane University, and the School of Fine Arts, University of Johannesburg, and has adjudicated a number of awards and competitions: Vita Art Awards; Seychelles Biennale; Brett Kebble Art Awards 2005; and Alexandria Biennale, Egypt (2005).
Curator, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Renske Janssen (born in Gemert, 1975) is based in Rotterdam as curator and writer. Since 2004 she is working as a curator at Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Rotterdam where she has a special interest in tensions and clashes in private and public space. She has curated several group exhibitions such as Tracer (2004) and Street: Behind the Cliché (2006) that dealt with related topics. With the concentration of solo exhibitions and publications she focuses on specific artistic positions dealing with the problematic status of the image and questions around representation in popular culture beginning with Mathias Poledna (2006), followed by the American artist Chloe Piene (scheduled for 2007 with publication). With an interest in the contemporary use of the personal and the emotive in moving imagery she's organising for 2007's International Film festival Rotterdam a selection of artists films under the title Depiction, Perversion, Repulsion, Obsession, Subversion that will focus on the critical use of cinematographic tools as sound and editing and - more general - with forms of manipulation. Among others, she published several texts and reviews in Dutch magazines Kunstbeeld and in the Rotterdam artist magazine Fucking Good Art and is a regular contributor of the Belgian music and cultural magazine Gonzo Circus.
She has a Masters title in Contemporary Art theory and Dutch Art policy from University of Utrecht. From 2000-2003 she collaborated on For Real (2000), Display (2001) and Life in a Glass House (2002) at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. At the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam she organised several solo exhibitions among others Bantar Gebang van De Rijke/De Rooij and Mindset of Saskia Olde Wolbers. She organised in collaboration with the Universiteit van Amsterdam several lectures about contemporary artistic practice and theory and was a freelance curator for Lost & Found, evenings for lost images in Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2004 she was a faithful assistant of Amsterdam based artist Germaine Kruip.