Refilwe Nkomo is a Johannesburg based social practice artist, curator, educator and producer creating cultural and artistic interventions, programmes and installations at the intersection of arts and social justice using various mediums including performance, video, text and movement.
Her research and performance won numerous awards and been presented in South Africa, South Korea, Ghana, Botswana, Brazil, Germany and the United States of America. She has founded and co-founded numerous organisations and platforms including We Are Here (WAH), a non-profit organization organisation working with men and boys to dismantle gender based violence, the Izindlovu Collective, which uses the arts for social and transformative change, and Kalima, a social innovation art lab.
She has a Master’s in the arts and politics from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Art and Public Policy), where she developed the critically acclaimed choreopoem, Songs for Khwezi. She participated in the German Development Institute’s Managing Global Governance Academy and developed the Sustainable Ideas Game, an interactive tool to teach and spread knowledge of the SDGs. She is a member of the Technical and Advisory Committee to the African Union’s flagship programme, The Great Museum of Africa, a member of the Leadership Circle of IMPACT (Imagining together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation), one of the 200 Mail and Guardian Young South Africans of 2020 and a 2019/2020 Clore Chevening Fellow. She currently serves as the Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa.
She is interested in memory, archive, feminisms, afro-futurity, black performance theory, trauma, affect, and social change.