“The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose, is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin.” — Bell Hooks

Kamogelo Walaza


Arts & Entertainment

Organisation / Company

Independent Curator


Kamogelo Walaza, 31, is an independent curator. She works with diverse artists, finding spaces to hold exhibitions, submits project proposals and raises funds for them. She organises exhibitions in collaboration with various institutions and artists, in both traditional and alternative spaces.

One of her proudest achievements is the first exhibition she curated, titled Senses, which was part of the Young Curators Incubator programme, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. She invited diverse art practitioners to participate. “Collaborating with practitioners from different backgrounds can ignite fresh ideas and inspire innovative approaches,” Kamogelo says.

One of her greatest challenges is finding funding for her work as a curator. She says this has improved because she has nurtured relationships in the industry and has done credible work. Kamogelo, who is studying towards a Master of Arts in Fine Arts degree and has been awarded a Nirox Residency, urges young creatives to find their artistic voices. “We all have unique ways of working and being. Take your time to get to know your artistic voice. Once you find it, build it, so that you can assert your voice in the industry,” she says.


  • BA Corporate Communication;
  • BA Honours Communication Studies;
  • BA Honours Public Management and Governance;
  • Post-Graduate Diploma Applied Theatre and Drama in Education;
  • Master of Arts in Fine Arts (In process).


Senses was my debut as an independent curator. This exhibition has had two successful iterations at the Goethe-Institut. For the Senses exhibition, I invited different art practitioners to participate. Collaborating with practitioners from different backgrounds can ignite fresh ideas and inspire innovative approaches. Exposing oneself to unfamiliar mediums and techniques encourages the curator and the artist to step out of their comfort zone, leading to a richer creative experience


Professor Nomusa Makhubu. She has been a great mentor in my career. These are the reasons: A good mentor listens but also gives their own opinion. They do not dictate but rather advise. She has been available to mentor and support me. She listens and acts as a guide for me. She helps me by suggesting possible courses of action and helping me think through and act on my concerns.