Intraparadox: Interview with Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa

Some time earlier this year I had a conversation with the founder of Refilwe Art Reach – Mme Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa. She has pioneered a visual art development program in the Free State.

Through a joint copyright of the present work we are able to bring you the full length interview both in textual form and audio.

Through other people’s experience there is always a lesson to be learnt.

Refilwe Art Reach

6 February 2016 at 11:00, Pretoria Art Museum

 

Mmutle Arthur Kgokong: good afternoon Nthabiseng Montshiwa it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to interview you again after five years, exactly five years because the last interview we had was in 2010 and we are now in 2016 and today is the 6th of February and we are here talking about your…the project that you are currently working on which is Refilwe Art Reach. So I want to welcome you to Intraparadox, uhm following our first interview many years ago which is ehh five years really, how has the art industry treated you up to this point?

Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa: ehh firstly hello Mmutle I am grateful that you could make time to do this interview with me again. The art industry is very fluid. You can never say you are holding ground on a specific project, [otherwise when you are faced with a challenge] and things do not go well you become more frustrated. I have learned that you must always find concepts or avenues to explore especially based on the maturity level that one finds herself in these years so it has been ups and downs because clearly you can’t put food on the table every month and you can’ sustain your self the way you would like to  

Mmutle AK: …uh-hum…

 Nthabiseng RM: so you must constantly explore funding you must be selling things. But also not shooting your self on the foot by doing wrong concepts which might mislead you in this career. So from being a curator or an arts administrator at the time…I am still an administrator respectively…but we are not concentrating on art exhibitions any more because we would like to find other vocabulary to define what art exhibitions should be and what they should actually address. We have moved to art education programs for children in public schools specifically

MAK:  …Yes…

NRM: So that’s the change I find my self in now and it has been fantastic.

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Intraparadox: Interview with Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa (Audio Version)

This interview was commissioned by Refilwe Art Reach Project as part of an up coming planned publication of the work that Mme Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa is doing in the Free State.

https://soundcloud.com/mmtleak/interview-with-nthabiseng-rachel-montshiwa-06-february-2016wma


14 March

© Mmutle Arthur Kgokong 2016

© Refilwe Art Reach Project 2016, Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa  2016

This work was commissioned by Refilwe Art Reach Project, Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa. Tshwane. Pretoria.

This work’s written format, dialogue, together with its audio version is a shared copyright work of the aforementioned persons herein, it cannot be reproduced in any form without consent of the copyright holders.