Nadine Siegert (Germany) is a researcher, curator and publisher with an academic background in African Art studies. She is Deputy Director of Iwalewahaus at the University of Bayreuth and Research Associate at the Department of Fine Art, Rhodes University. Nadine’s research and exhibition-making focuses on questions of socialist modernity and aesthetics, the iconography of militant femininity as well as on an institutional critique of African modernisms in institutional art collections.
During her time at Delfina Foundation Nadine as part of the programme Collecting as Practice, Nadine will be reflecting on the question of if and how institutional art collections can benefit from artistic research in order to destabilise their authoritarian position in knowledge production. She will be working at the Curatorial Department at Tate Modern with a research on the connections of African artists with (former) socialist countries.
Nadine is the head of the research project, African Art History and the Formation of a Modernist Aesthetic in cooperation with Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt a.M., Makerere Art Gallery Kampala and Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover. She is also a researcher in the project Revolution 3.0. Iconographies of social utopia in Africa and its diasporas, at Bayreuth University.
Recent exhibition projects are FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time (Bayreuth, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Salvador, Windhoek, Harare); Kinshasa 2050: Digital City. Goethe-Institut Kongo; Things Fall Apart. The cultural relationships between Africa, the Soviet Union and related countries during the Cold War (Bayreuth, Lisbon, Budapest); and MashUp at Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth.