about

wherewithall is an online database of equipment, practical knowledge and research into independent curatorial practices in Johannesburg.

The project seeks to provide the wherewithal for artists and curators to reimagine the conditions for exhibition making by creating chains of possibility within the arts community.

Drawing on a shared interest in supporting a more accessible, dynamic and experimental ecosystem in the arts, wherewithall cultivates inter-dependence and allyship and encourages sustainability and mutual support.

how

wherewithall aims to facilitate the realisation of exhibitions in the widest sense through three key components:

1.

Equipment Library

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wherewithall maps existing networks and opportunities to share equipment through an online database. The project recognises that many institutions, galleries, organisations and individuals store underutilised equipment or equipment that is in need of servicing and repair. wherewithall identifies the platforms that are willing to engage in occasional equipment loans and connects them with independent artists and curators. Loans are facilitated through a secure, membership-based system that assists with insurance and loan agreements. wherewithall also services and repairs equipment where needed and donates equipment where possible to organisations that are able to provide safe storage. Donations are made only on condition that the equipment is regularly used and also available for loan as part of the equipment library.

Membership is open to any practicing artist or curator in Johannesburg and carries a small annual administrative fee that can be waived where there are compelling circumstances or in exchange for a written or instructional video contribution to the website.

Equipment can be loaned free of charge by members, but proof of insurance must be provided for loaned items. A loan agreement will be provided by wherewithall stipulating the terms of each loan in the event of theft or damage. 

Email info@wherewithall.org.za to find out more about how to become a member or donor and how to support the continued work of wherewithall in its aim to facilitate access to exhibition making resources in Johannesburg.

2.

Research Library

wherewithall commissions and publishes creative and critical research on independent curatorial practices that is publicly available on its website. Submissions include personal, historical and speculative reflections and consider the conditions that constitute and enable exhibitions as well as the limitations these may impose on artistic practice. wherewithall frames the exhibition not as an endpoint, but rather as part of a critical moment in which a work expands and encompasses further meaning in its reception by an audience. Through commissioning and disseminating research wherewithall aims to encourage and facilitate multiple and varied forms of exhibition making, serving as both a survey and a re-evaluation of the exhibition form. The aim of the research library is to provide support to practitioners and projects that operate outside of established curatorial frameworks.

3.

Video Tutorials

wherewithall provides instructional videos ranging from basic exhibition setup to dynamic multi-channel audio visual installation. The videos are publicly available on the website.

who

wherewithall is co-founded and run by Kundai Moyo, Chloë Reid and Amy Watson.

Kundai Moyo is an artist based in Johannesburg who uses her work as a tool for conducting sociological research. She recently curated the Wits Young Artist Award exhibition, Cruel Optimism (2021), at The Point of Order and co-curated the group exhibitions Holdfast (2020) and Tongues (2021) at the gallery. Moyo held her first solo exhibition, Figures, at KZNSA (2020).

Chloë Reid is an artist, writer and curator based in Johannesburg. Her research interests include everyday sociology and the relationship between writing, reading and artistic practice. She has exhibited and curated locally and internationally and in 2019, she established gallery, gallery as a movable and embodied framework for contemporary art in Johannesburg.

Amy Watson is an independent curator and a founding director of POOL (2015- present), a Johannesburg based not-for-profit art organisation that supports practitioners through collaboration, commissioning, and the production and presentation of new work. Most recently she curated the group exhibitions How To Disappear (2020) and Soft Architectures (2019) at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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