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Mpho Matsipa is an educator, researcher and curator based at WiSER and the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Mpho received her PhD in architecture from UC Berkeley. She is a researcher at WiSER and co-investigator on an Andrew Mellon research grant on Mobilities, Temporalities and African Political Futures, housed in the African Center for Society and Migration Studies.

She has written critical essays on art and architecture and curated several exhibitions and discursive platforms, including co-curating the South Africa Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2008), “African Mobilities” at the Architecture Museum, Pinakothek der Modern in Munich (2018), African Mobilities 2.0 podcast series (2020) and Studio-X Johannesburg, South Africa (2014-2016).

With her time divided between WiSER and the Wits School of Architecture and Planning, her curatorial practice aims to support independent research practices across and beyond the African continent, and to democratize access, by promoting the discursive mobility among Black and African artists, scholars and designers.

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