Press Release

Tammy Langtry is One of Our 2024 Curatorial Residency Fellowship Recipient

Mar 13, 2024
Press Release
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ARAK Collection is happy to announce Tammy as one of our recipient of the Arak Collection Curatorial Residency Fellowship for 2024.

Tammy Langtry, works as a curator, cultural producer and researcher.
A student of Art History, she wonders on the bridges between artistic practices to contemporary necessities for writing our histories and realities. Graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011 (Hons). Working as a Curator, Langtry has developed several independent and institutional curatorial projects. Much of her exhibition making practice has considered historical (no)sense making through memory, and cultural activism. She is interested in curatorial practice as cultural synthesis and the bridges between historicized artistic practice to contemporary art necessities. Some of the exhibitions include; Reflections of the Cape (2014), 21BF (2014), Spatial Relations (2016), States of Grace (2017), FreeSpace (2018), Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work (2019), Laying Bare: Studio Process at the Museum (2019-2020), The Possibility of a Journey (2020), Waiting for Gebane (2020), uMqombothi, uBhokweni neJuba (2023).
Langtry has worked across a range of industry and institutional spaces to produce exhibitions, arts programming and other kinds of arts infrastructure: Bag Factory Artist Studios, Art Source Consultancy, Lizamore Gallery, Zeitz MOCAA and with the artist collective, Art Meets.
Langtry has contributed towards symposiums, seminars and public discussions listed below; Sober & Lonely Curatorial Lecture series (2010), FreeSpace (2018), Why Should I Hesitate (2019), Head to Head (2020), Why should I Hesitate @ Deichtorhallen (2021), Radical Solidarity Summit (2021), Pow-er Talks (2022), Never Just Food Symposium (2023), Multi-Directional Memory March International Symposium (2023).
Her curatorial work has developed into research projects on critical histories in (the making of) South Africa, namely – Sedimenting Stories (2023) into the quarries in Cape Town which built and defined the colonial city of Cape Town (research developed with Talya Lubinsky) as well as an artistic research project into the colonial Durban System, uMqombothi, uBhokweni neJuba (with Russel Hlongwane).
We are looking forward to working with Tammy Langtry and through her gaze and curatorial practice discover/rediscover the collection, hoping to bring to our audience in 2024 her exhibition and publish the respective catalogue.

About ARAK Collection Curatorial Residency Program:

The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program aims to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the extensive works part of their collection.

The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.

The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.

About ARAK Collection:

ARAK Collection is an independent, Qatari-based initiative, that aims to promote through exhibitions, publications, research and educational programs, Contemporary  African Art and Artists.

The collection is a resource for Artists, Curators and Researchers, it hosts in-house and traveling exhibitions, it also lends artwork to regional and international organizations, institutions and museums, producing print and online publications, and impactful public programs associated with the exhibitions it produces and hosts. ARAK Collection is a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on  African Artists and educational programs that have an educational and developmental impact in the local community.

The collection consists of paintings, paper and prints of more than 170 young and mid-career artists of  African countries.