Clive Kellner

Clive Kellner is Executive Director of the Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation (JCAF). Previously, he was Head and Chief Curator of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) and Coordinator of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale. Kellner has curated several exhibitions, including Liminal Identities in the Global South (JCAF, 2021), Kendell Geers, 1988–2012 (Haus der Kunst, 2013), and Thami Mnyele + Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective (JAG, 2008), and he organized Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent (JAG, 2007).


Culture as a Weapon of Struggle: The Art of the Medu Poster You Have Struck a Rock (1981)

How do you historicize the events of the dehistoricized? From its inception in 1948, the apartheid regime implemented a system of institutionalized racial segregation against the nonwhite citizens of South Africa. In recent years, a counter narrative has emerged of a group of artists and activists who viewed “culture as a weapon of struggle” against the oppressive policies of the apartheid regime.