Bettina Malcomess
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Bettina Malcomess works across disciplines as a writer, curator and artist. She is based in Johannesburg, currently teaching at Wits School of Arts. Her work is performative, interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her curatorial and performance work engages with public space and site-specificity, both within and outside of art structures. Malcomess’ projects always employ collaboration and a mixture of installation, research and process driven practice along with performance to produce a series of situations that evolve and shift throughout each project’s duration. Their intention is to set up conversations between artists and the contexts in which they work so as to explore the social codes and histories and that remain mostly invisible. Malcomess does performance work under the name Anne Historical.

She co-curated the group show ‘Us’ with Simon Njami at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2009) and the South African National Gallery (2010). She conceptualized and set up the Keleketla! Library with Ra Hlasane at the Drill Hall in inner city Johannesburg, an ongoing project engaging inner city youth. Malcomess is a member of the collective Doing it for Daddy (winners of Spier Contemporary 2007). She has also worked collaboratively with theatrical performers, doing a fellowship with Peter Van Heerden at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) to produce site-specific performance, Monument (2011), outside the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town). Since 2010 Malcomess has been producing the Millennium Bar: a temporary structure consisting of modular units re-configured at different sites. The Millennium Bar collection consists of fragments collected from demolition sites and scrap yards, starting from 2007. She is currently finishing a book about Johannesburg, titled ‘Not No Place’, with Dorothee Kreutzfeldt.