Jade Nair

Researcher, Michaelis Galleries Curator

Jade Nair has been working at the Centre for Curating since 2013. Mentored closely by Professors Pippa Skotnes and Siona O'Connell, she has contributed to and led a multitude of curatorial projects including exhibitions, archives, documentary films and symposia. Since June 2021 she has been interim curator at Michaelis Galleries and continues to work in close collaboration with the Centre. 

Exhibitions (research and installation):
Cedric Nunn, Return: Surviving Genocide, Dispossession and Erasure
A Stygian Darkness: Destruction and detritus in the South African mining industry
Promises and Lies: A exhibition of photographs by Laurie Sparham
Towards Freedom II
Sophia Klaase: Extraordinary Lives
Spring Queen: The Staging of the Glittering Proletariat II
Martyrs, Saints and Sell-outs
The Mirror in the Ground
Returned to Harfield
Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently
A House In Harrington Street by Nicholas Eppel

Digital archives (research and digitization):
Shared Legacies
Martyrs, Saints and Sell-outs
Sequins, Self and Struggle
Extraordinary Lives: The Photographs of Sophia Klaase
Zubeida Vallie archive

Documentaries (content production and coordination):
Spring Queen
Wynberg 7
An Impossible Return

Promises and Lies: Fault lines in the ANC
Movie Snaps

Age is a beautiful phase by James Matthews
An Impossible Return by Siona O'Connell

Vice Chancellors Conversation (St Georges Cathedral, 2014)
Towards an archive of freedom: Why now? (District 6 Homecoming Centre, Cape Town, 2015)
Re-imagining: Museums and Archives (Norval Foundation, Cape Town, November 2018)

Public talks 
Intergenerational workshop presented by the Human Rights Media Centre, December 2015
Screening of Wynberg 7: An Intolerable Amnesia, followed with discussion facilitated by Jade Nair 

Discussion presented by the District 6 Museum and St George's Cathedral, April 2014. 
Facilitated by Jade Nair and Tazneem Wentzel
Ex-Robben Island prisoners and apartheid-era activists, Marcus Solomans, Kwede Mkalipi and Lionel Davis, shared their thoughts about the faultlines of the RI narrative of reconciliation and experiences of trauma.