What is a curator and how did you become a curator?
Historically, a curator has been seen to be the safe-keeper of collections in museums; an archivist and custodian of important historical artefacts. In our contemporary society, this role has extended to beyond simple safe-guarding. It arguably now includes taking an active role in interrogating and exploring that which the curator ‘presides’ over. Moreover, it has expanded to include contemporary arts as well as historical artworks and objects. I see the curator role as multi-dimensional, especially in an arts society like ours in Namibia, in which this position is perceived to be relatively new. There’s the actual curating that happens, i.e. deciding in an exhibition of artworks (historical or contemporary) which art objects hang where, in line with the concept that the curator is working with. Then there is the admin, behind-the-scenes work which forms the bulk of the job – this is the paper work, research, writing and organizing aspect which allows for our services as curators at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, particularly, to be rendered efficiently and effectively to artists and other stakeholders. Read More via NAGN.