About/Biography

Storm Janse van Rensburg is a contemporary art curator and writer, collaborating with artists, institutions, collectors and galleries. Based in Berlin, Germany, the scope of STORM PROJECTS is international, with specific knowledge and interest in contemporary African Art, and an expanding network in the Middle East.

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BIOGRAPHY:

Storm Janse van Rensburg (b. 1972) is an independent South African curator currently based in Berlin. He was previously senior curator at Goodman Gallery Cape Town (2007 – 2011) and curator of the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), Durban (2000 – 2006). He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), and facilitated and coordinated the first VANSA Curator’s Workshop, Robben Island (2006). Curated group exhibitions include New Painting a national traveling exhibition at the KZNSA, University of South Africa Gallery and the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2006) and Nation State (co-curator, 2009), The Marks We Make (2009), and EAT ME! (2011) amongst others for Goodman Gallery South Africa.

Curated solo exhibitions include Beau Diable by James Webb for the National Arts Festival (2007) and Wonderland, the Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition by Nontsikelelo Veleko (2008). He curated the first South African solo exhibition by Hank Willis Thomas, All Things Being Equal (2010) and the first exhibition focused on the portraiture of David Goldblatt,  Portraits at Goodman Gallery Cape Town (2011).

Since his relocation to Berlin in 2012 he has been working closely with the artist Abrie Fourie as project curator for Oblique, which has been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa; Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, Germany, SMAC Gallery Cape Town (2012 – 2013) and Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah (2013) and Atlanta (2014).

Most recently he curated the group exhibition The Beautyful Ones at Nolan Judin, Berlin (2013) and co-curated with Nadine Siegert the two person exhibition GhostBusters II with Delio Jasse and kara lynch at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2013). He has edited a number of exhibition catalogues and has written for African Arts journal, Art South Africa and Canvas magazines amongst others. He is a Fellow of the Academy for Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

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