Johannesburg Contemporary Art Foundation

JCAF is an academic research institute, a platform for museum exhibitions and an innovative technology laboratory.


School of the South Lecture Series

May – June 2022


When Do Black Lives Matter?: Irma Stern’s Representations of Black Women in the Global South, presented by LaNitra M. Berger, will be screened from 28 June to 6 July. Make a booking for the screening here.

Frida Kahlo: The Invention of an Identity. A Political and Cultural Project of a World to Come, presented by Helena Chávez Mac Gregor, was screened from 14 to 21 June. 

Strange Kinships: Amrita Sher-Gil’s Art Across Continents, presented by Sonal Khullar, was screened from 31 May to 8 June.

The name of the lecture series originates from Uruguayan artist and intellectual Joaquín Torres-García’s School of the South, a centre strategically located in South America that became known for its contribution to knowledge aligned to the Global South.

The lectures will take place in The Forum, a purpose-built amphitheatre inside the Foundation’s gallery conceived of as a communal space for the exchange of ideas. This first series of lectures in The Forum focuses on the role of the artists within their cultural contexts and contemporary society.

The 2022 lecture series at JCAF will introduce the artists in this year’s exhibition Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South, the third and last in JCAF’s exhibition trilogy under the theme Female Identities in the Global South.

Focus Areas



JCAF is a learning institution committed to engaging with the art and ideas of our time, while acknowledging the role of the past.

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As a future-oriented institution, JCAF aims to explore the intersection of art and technology in the 21st century.

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JCAF aims to present pioneering exhibitions of museum quality that are grounded in rigorous research, develop a critical discourse and help to generate knowledge.

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