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


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.

In line with Torres-García’s intention of creating strong institutions in South America, JCAF’s School of the South lecture programme hosts prominent intellectuals whose practice and research are located and inscribed within the Global South. The lectures 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 introduces the artists in this year’s exhibition Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South (opening October 2022), the third and last in JCAF’s exhibition trilogy under the theme Female Identities in the Global South. Each of the three lectures focused on one of the artists, exploring their life as well as the political and cultural context in which they practised.

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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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