Storm Janse van Rensburg

Head of Curatorial Affairs, Zeitz MOCAA Cape Town

Storm Janse van Rensburg (b.1972, South Africa) is a curator of contemporary art who has worked in a South African and international context for the past 25 years. He currently serves as Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial Affairs at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa. He started his career at the Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg (1995 – 1999) and served as curator of the KwaZulu Natal Society of the Arts in Durban (2000 – 2006). He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and senior curator at Goodman Gallery Cape Town (2007 – 2012). He lived and worked in Berlin, Germany (2012 – 2015) as an independent curator and researcher. He was a fellow of the Academy for Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany (2013 – 2015). He served as head curator of exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, U.S.A. (2015 – 2019), where he oversaw a robust exhibitions program. He has edited and written for several exhibition catalogues and contributed to African Arts Journal, Art South Africa, Metropolis M, Canvas and Contemporary And magazines amongst others, and was editor of the monograph Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence (2020). He recently co-edited Home is Where the Art is: Art Own and Made by the People of Cape Town, a 500-page book chronicling the groundbreaking 2020 Zeitz MOCAA exhibition of over 1600 artists. He is the curator of the site-specific commission for the atrium of Zeitz MOCAA, The Five Continents of All Our Desires by Joël Andrianomearisoa amongst other projects. 

A white-skinned man with salt and pepper facial hair, is pictured wearing a blue suit, round black-framed glasses. He is smiling into the camera.

Storm Janse van Rensburg. Photo: Danielle Olivier