Brief CV
Joan Legalamitlwa is an independent arts and film curator based in Mafikeng, South Africa. She is a cultural and literary studies graduate from the University of Cape Town and former director of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. She curated the Mzansi: The Reel South Africa film programme for the Proximo Futuro(Next Future) Arts Festival in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013. Joan has been involved in organizing various other South African film events including the North West Film Festival; INPUT (International Public Television Conference); the Tri-Continental Film Festival and the Cape Town World Cinema Festival. She has served on the Apollo Film Festival Documentary Jury in 2006; the First Appearance Jury of the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) 2009, International Jury of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2011 and the Short Film Jury at the 2011 Cape Winelands Film Festival. Joan has worked as film and video curator at the Stevenson gallery and as project manager at the Children’s Radio Foundation. Her recent projects include the curating of Noble Existence, a solo art exhibition on Sol Plaatje by Mafikeng artist, Giorgie Bhunu in October 2014 as well as a presentation of South African films at the Museum of Arts, Rio de Janeiro in November 2014. She is a member of the volunteer artists/arts administrators collective Legae La Botaki (Home of the Arts), which organises monthly arts events around Mafikeng. She is currently working towards building an artist residency in the peri urban town of Mafikeng located in North West province of South Africa.