SOUTH SOUTH is an online community, an anthology, an archive and a resource for artists, galleries, curators and collectors invested in the Global South. The platform offers a repository and a space for new, shared value systems centred on community, collaboration and exchange. It is a central portal to experience the programmes and artist profiles of galleries within and dedicated to the Global South. It will host year-round events and seeks, during these tumultuous times, to address an imbalance in the global cultural framework by providing a means to explore a de-centred art world, within a broader geopolitical context. In the featured section, the platform maintains an ongoing interview-based editorial component, including conversations, essays and other texts on current events and significant shows in and about the Global South. In the archive section, SOUTH SOUTH facilitates a community-built archive highlighting selected seminal exhibitions, texts and moments about modern and contemporary art in the Global South at galleries, not-for-profits and museums, as well as archived interview-based editorial and artist profiles. Content of the site is established through contributions from key artists, writers, curators, nonprofit organisations and gallerists. SOUTH SOUTH maintains an ongoing programme, and its launch event, SOUTH SOUTH VEZA, brings together 50+ galleries from more than 40 cities spread across 30 countries and 5 continents, presenting a more holistic world-view of contemporary art.
The SOUTH SOUTH platform was conceived by Liza Essers, owner of Goodman Gallery as a response to the global pandemic and as an extension to an ongoing curatorial initiative established by Goodman Gallery in 2015. The project has been informed and guided by a circle of gallery-led collaborators:
A GENTIL CARIOCA
Márcio Botner co-founded A Gentil Carioca with fellow artists Ernesto Neto and Laura Lima in 2003. It is a unique initiative in Brazil. Its main objective is to make the gallery a place to think, produce, experiment, celebrate and commercialise art.
In the decade since Liza Essers took over as owner and director of Goodman Gallery, she has built on the tradition of shaping contemporary South African art by extending beyond local borders and establishing its status as a leading international
CHEMOULD PRESCOTT ROAD
Shireen Gandhy is a second generation gallerist; the first generation being her parents Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy who started Gallery Chemould in 1963 in Bombay, India. After completing her studies in London,
Daudi Karungi is at the forefront of a movement that promotes contemporary art from East Africa. He is a founding member of the Kampala Arts Trust (KART), a coalition of artists and art appreciators who are working toward the dream of making art an
FOUNDER AND OWNER
José Kuri is founder and owner, with his wife Mónica Manzutto, of kurimanzutto gallery established in Mexico City in 1999 and in New York in 2018. Born from an idea originally proposed by Gabriel Orozco and carried out by a group of artists, the aim
Atsuko Ninagawa established Take Ninagawa in Tokyo in 2008 as a gallery dedicated to promoting emerging and historically significant Japanese artists in a cross-generational, international framework. Represented artists build upon precedents
GALERIE LELONG & CO.
Mary Sabbatino is Vice President and Partner of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. She was appointed director of the New York location of Galerie Lelong & Co. in 1991 and became a gallery partner in 2007. She introduced now-canonical artists
Meet the SOUTH SOUTH Ambassadors, top international collectors and philanthropists dedicated to championing historically overlooked artists and sidelined regions through their diverse personal collections and contributions to the global art scene.
Jim Amberson is originally from Minneapolis, USA but based in Asia since 1998, a Director in a Multinational Insurer. He has been actively collecting Southeast Asian contemporary art for more than 20 years, acquiring works by Dinh Q. Lê, Sopheap Pich, Handiwirman Saputra, Maria Taniguchi, Yee I-Lann and more.
He’s published and a frequent speaker on contemporary Southeast Asian art. Amberson is a member of the Development Committee of the Singapore Art Museum, Advisory Panel of S.E.A. Focus, Singapore as well as, an Asia-Pacific Patron of the Delfina Foundation and member of the Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee of the Tate Modern, both based in London.
I bought my first art work in 1999 but I’d say that my proper collection started around 2005. In 2012 the curator Jacopo C Visconti joined me in creating the collection, a collaboration that lasted 7 years. The collection changed course several times: from abstract geometry to Latin America to global and then conceptual art. Today the collection focuses on conceptual art and politically engaged artworks.
I graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of São Paulo and I spent most of my professional career in finance. Today 100% of my time is dedicated to my art initiatives.
TANIA AND ROBERTO DIAZ SESMA
Roberto and his wife Tania have six children, they’ve been passionate art collectors for almost 15 years and enjoy living around art with their family. When young they often visited museums with their parents but weren’t raised in collector homes. Their desire to collect was triggered after buying a painting they discovered while walking in the streets of Mexico, they later met the artist and became friends with whom they remain close to this day.
Their collection does not focus on a specific part of the world, nor a specific subject or medium. They’ve intentionally avoided boundaries, to allow freedom of discovery and personal growth by embracing different perspectives. Being born and raised in a country with such strong cultural roots, they recognize it influences their views and aesthetics as collectors. Roberto is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas and has relationships with curators and museums from different parts of the world to whom they lend works.
Their collection includes significant examples of works by artists such as Glenn Ligon, Ana Mendieta, Pedro Reyes, Jill Magid, Oscar Murillo, Elizabeth Peyton, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mona Hatoum, Hector Zamora, Carmen Herrera, Francis Alÿs, Carol Bove, Jaume Plensa, Gabriel Rico, Etel Adnan, Tezontle, Theaster Gates, Wolfgang Tillmans, Minerva Cuevas, Pia Camil, Rosemary Laing, McArthur Binion, Amy Sillman, José Davila, Doug Aitken and Carlos Garcia among others.
Roberto was born and raised in Mexico City. He graduated with honors from BA at the UDLA. During his studies, he started working as Financial Assistant at Grupo Diestra’s Family Office and in the year 2000 co-founded metroscubicos.com, the leading real estate website in Mexico City which sold successfully to AOL Time Warner in 2007.
For 20 years Roberto has been a Financial Advisor for Grupo Diestra Family Office and is CEO of Diestra’s Real Estate Division which develops commercial, residential, and mostly hotel projects throughout Mexico and Madrid. Under his mandate, Diestra has acquired and developed over 4,000 hotel rooms in the upper-upscale and luxury segment in Mexico, some of which hold compelling works of art. Roberto is also co-founder and managing partner of Rocher Holdings and Gerbera Capital Real Estate, a leader mix-use developer in Mexico. In 2019 he co-founded MASA Galeria, a collectible design gallery that promotes Mexican talent as well as Mexican inspired art and design.
Denise Gardner is an avid art patron in Chicago, particularly in the area of promoting and collecting art by artists of African descent. Denise is a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Art Institute of Chicago. She supports acquisitions there through her participation on the Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art.
She is committed to building the next generation of artists through her membership on the Board of Governors of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She and her husband founded the Gary & Denise Gardner Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to students from Chicago’s South Side communities at SAIC. She is the former co-chair of SAIC’s Board of Governors Institutional Advancement Committee.
She and her husband are committed to engaging audiences with work by artists of colour, and to that end, they have supported numerous exhibitions in various museums in Chicago and throughout the United States. She and her husband Gary were the lead individual sponsors of the recent exhibition, Charles White: A Retrospective, at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the MCA Chicago, she and Gary have sponsored the exhibitions: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, The Mark Bradford Project, Figures of Speech: Virgil Abloh, and Freedom Principle. They have also supported numerous exhibitions throughout the United States through the loaning of work from their collection.
She and her husband’s collection of over 150 works includes art by Amy Sherald, Nick Cave, Norman Lewis, Carrie Mae Weems, Julie Mehretu, Charles White, Jennie C. Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Frank Bowling, and many others. Denise also serves on the board of The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. She is a recent member of The Chicago Public Library Board and a past member of the Executive Committee of The Chicago Community Trust. She also served as co-chair of the Arts & Culture Transition Committee for Chicago’s Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot.
Denise and Gary have been the recipients of the 2018 Citizen Advocate Award from the Illinois Arts Alliance. They have also been named in the Art 50: Chicago’s Visual Vanguard in New City Magazine. They were also recognised with the Educators Award by the United Negro College Fund Chicago.
Denise is a graduate of Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She also holds a B.S.J. from Northwestern University in Advertising and Social Psychology. She has enjoyed a 30+ year career in marketing, beginning at The Leo Burnett Company. She was for 15 years the VP, Marketing at Soft Sheen Products Company, and was the co-founder of Namaste Laboratories, the nation’s leading manufacturer of ethnic hair care products. For 10 years, she was president of Insights & Opportunities, a research-based marketing and strategic planning firm. She has been a leading expert on multicultural marketing and has published articles in numerous trade publications.
Stephanie Grose is an Australian collector based in Adelaide, South Australia. Travel over the last fifteen years has taken her away from Australia many months of each year with her husband and collector Julian Grose. 2020 for all of us meant no travel, not even within Australia. She sees South-South as being the ideal vehicle for travel starved collectors, particularly in the Australian region.
She and Julian originally started collecting 25 years ago. Traveling to remote parts of Australia, collecting contemporary Indigenous Australian art from the remote, mainly desert aboriginal communities dotted around the northern parts of the country. Eventually they donated most of these works to The Flinders University of South Australia for their collection and educational purposes. Several years into their collecting they enthusiastically merged into Australian Contemporary Art, which took them frequently to most Australian cities, mainly Melbourne and more frequently Sydney. The collection is well known throughout Australia as are Julian and Stephanie who immerse themselves as much as possible in visual arts communities throughout Australia. ‘We have made many great friends throughout Australia, at the museums, collectors, artists and galleries’ says Stephanie.
Similarly over the last fifteen years they have travelled extensively overseas. When planning their trips they always include visiting and immersing themselves in museums, art galleries, art fairs, biennials and so forth. Wherever possible they like to spend quality time with the galleries they like to work with, meet with other collectors, now many are friends, and importantly spending time with artists and in many cases their families and wherever possible visiting them at their studios. ‘When we are away we do not stop, it is wonderful’
Until early this year she was the Chair of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art which is held at the Art Gallery of South Australia. This saw her engaging with other collectors, benefactors and the broader community raising record funds for the 2020 Biennial. She is on the Board of the Ann and Gordon Samstag Museum at the University of South Australia. She has been a member of the Benefaction Events Committee for the Biennale of Sydney and a Board member of SALA, South Australian Living Artists, an annual community arts programme across the state of South Australia.
Her passion is to champion and support visual artists wherever and however she can. Be it moral support, financial support, friendship, fundraising, patronising, promoting, caring.
Pamela J. Joyner has nearly 30 years of experience in the investment industry. She is the Founder of Avid Partners, LLC where her expertise has been the alternative investment arena. Currently, Ms. Joyner is focused on her philanthropic interests in the arts and education.
Previously, Ms. Joyner’s philanthropic involvements have included serving as: a member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities; a Trustee of Dartmouth College; a Trustee of the New York City Ballet; a Trustee and Co-Chair of the San Francisco Ballet Association; a Board Member of the MacDowell Colony; as well as other arts and educational organizations.
STEPHEN TIO KAUMA
Stephen Tio Kauma (48-year-old Ugandan national) is a Cairo based art enthusiast and budding collector. Over the last twelve years he has collected artwork from contemporary artists of African origin from over 15 African countries.
Stephen currently works as the Director & Global Head of Human Resources for the African Export Import Bank, based at its HQ in Cairo, Egypt. In this role, he is also co-leading the Bank’s Art Programme, which is aimed at building a contemporary art collection for the Bank’s offices as well as building a platform off which the Bank can promote the visual art scene in Africa, to complement its existing Creative Industry Banking products.
Stephen is a keen golfer and lawn tennis player as well as an amateur photographer. He is married to Kathy and they have two children, Tendo (18yrs) and Kirabo (14 yrs).
I started collecting contemporary art around 20 years ago starting with South East Asia and then the passion spread to a collecting habit that’s borderless and more of a journey, I embrace where life takes me and also where life takes me with art.
The collection comprises of various mediums from paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, films, videos, sound installation etc. The idea is to collect things which in time I can share with a larger audience by lending to institutions and doing shows around the works from the collection. Artists working on themes like politics, feminist theories, gender issues, personal histories, minimalism, abstraction are of particular interest. It’s a deep inward and research based kind of collecting where I am trying to form my own relationship to these artists that are coming home overtime. I was awarded the “Young Collector of the Year” by Forbes Art Award India in 2014.
Pulane Tshabalala Kingston is the founder and Managing Director of Mirai Rail Corporation, a South African based Sub-Saharan rail solutions and technology company. She is qualified lawyer, entrepreneur, social activist and patron of the arts who has served on a number of Boards of companies and NGOs. She co-founded and is a board member of Sphere Holdings (Proprietary) Limited, an investment holding company which has interests primarily in the financial and industrial services sectors of the economy.
Pulane is an active Patron of the Arts, where she is a Global Patron of Art Basel, the leading international art fair which is staged annually in Basel (Switzerland); Miami Beach (Florida) and Hong Kong. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town (Zeitz Mocaa), South Africa. She is a member of the Africa Acquisitions Committee of the Tate Modern Museum in the United Kingdom. Over the years, she has built an art collection whose mission is to redress the underrepresentation of African visual artists – women in particular – by ensuring that these artists find their place in the full context of a diverse canon of art history. As part of her corporate social responsibility work, Pulane works with various non-profit organizations, including serving as a board member of LALELA, a charitable organisation that provides arts education to at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. She is a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.
Alan Lo is co-founder of Michelin starred bar and Chinese restaurant Duddell’s. Lo has many years of hospitality project experience, having worked for project management and development teams at a number of international hotel groups.
He is active in promoting design, creativity and tourism in Hong Kong, serving on a number of government and non-government bodies including Design Trust, Para Site and Art Basel’s Global Patrons Council. Alan also served on a number of government committees including Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Liquor Licensing Board, Harbourfront Commission, Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, Qualification Framework Catering Industry Advisory Committee, Tourism Strategy Group and Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council. He holds an AB in architecture from Princeton University.
PROFESSOR CAV. SIMON MORDANT AO
Professor Cav. Simon Mordant AO specialises in advising local and multinational companies and Government on their capital markets strategy and merger and acquisitions. Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has collected art for over 40 years and sits on the boards of arts organizations around the world.
Simon is Executive Co Chairman and founder of Luminis Partners in affiliation with Evercore. He previously co-founded Caliburn Partnership which was sold to Greenhill in 2010 and prior to that was Head of Corporate Finance at BZW Australia and ABN AMRO.
Simon is a passionate collector of contemporary art with a long history of benefaction to the Arts. In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation which was re-established to raise funds for the $53 million capital campaign for its redevelopment. For 10 years until 2020 Simon was Chairman of the Board of the MCA Australia and was then appointed the Inaugural International Ambassador.
Simon chairs the NSW Visual Arts Board, is the Vice Chair of MOMA PS1 in New York, a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, Inaugural International Ambassador for the Gallerie dell’Accademia Museum in Venice, a director of the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of Venetian Heritage in Italy, Chair of Lend Lease’s Art Advisory Panel for Barangaroo, a member of The Centre for Independent Studies Board, a member of The Ethics Centre Board and a Sydney Committee member of Human Rights Watch. He was Australian Commissioner for the 2013 & 2015 Venice Biennale, a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2012-2017, Deputy President of Takeover Panel 2000-2010 and past board member of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Bundanon Trust, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles and Wharton Executive Board for Asia.
In 2020, Simon was knighted in Italy and awarded the Order of the Star of Italy (Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella d’Italia) and was awarded an AO being made an Officer in the General Division of the order of Australia for Distinguished service to the visual arts at a national and international level, to emerging artists, and to philanthropy.
Also in 2020, Simon was appointed Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Centre of Visual Arts and as an Adjunct Professor at Universita Cattolica in Milan and Rome for their International Program in Cultural Diplomacy and Masters Program in Cultural Diplomacy: Arts and Digital Media for International Relations and Global Communication.
In 2012, Simon was awarded an AM being made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for Services to the Arts and to the cultural environment of Australia through philanthropic and executive roles, and to the community. In 2010 Simon and his wife Catriona were awarded the Australia Business Arts Foundation’s Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Leadership Award.
BENEDICTA M BADIA NORDENSTAHL
While constantly supporting and promoting the arts, over the last 16 years Benedicta developed a personal art collecting method that she uses as an excuse to understand cultural production’s role in transforming collective thought.
Born in Argentina, she has lived in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. When she relocated to Singapore 4 years ago her Latin American background was confronted with Middle Eastern, South and Southeast Asia’s art markets. Upon realising the the isolation and lack of direct connection between Latin America and these regions, she pledged to help build narratives and platforms that strengthen human connections in areas of the world that share emerging and vibrant contemporary art ecosystems.
Her art practice and collecting as a political exercise evolved into a personal statement that aims to build bridges between Others, celebrate differences and bring up conversations that cannot be ignored.
She is a member of the Global Council, Para-Site, Hong Kong; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Latin Circle Acquisitions Committee, New York; Collecting as Practice Residency – Delfina Foundation, London; International advisor, AFIELD Council, Paris; International Ambassador, SOUTH SOUTH; Board member and second generation founder of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago.
JORGE M. PEREZ
Jorge M. Pérez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Related Group, has led South Florida’s complex urban evolution for over 40 years. His commitment to “building better cities,” and natural ability to identify emerging market trends makes him one of the most trusted and influential names in real estate.
A lover of art and an avid collector, Pérez infuses each development with museum-quality works of art. The carefully curated collections are proudly displayed throughout all Related developments, complementing each building’s unique character and often serving as prominent community landmarks.
Driven by a lifelong commitment to better his community, Mr. Pérez has grown to become one of the country’s most prolific philanthropists and recently established two foundations dedicated to the advancement of an equitable, thriving South Florida. The first, the Related Philanthropic Foundation, serves as the charitable arm of the Related Group, while the second, named The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, functions as the Pérez family’s personal philanthropic fund. While each has its own respective focus, both foundations are dedicated to empowering and supporting organizations driving positive impact in the areas of economic development, education, health and well-being, the environment, and arts and culture.
Mr. Pérez also continues to support long-term causes, most notably, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), which was renamed in his honor following a $40-million-dollar gift in 2013. Over the years, Mr. Pérez has sustained his support of the institution through various gifts, both in cash and works of art. His most recent project, El Espacio 23 was launched in December 2019. Located within a repurposed 28,000 square foot warehouse in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, El Espacio 23 serves artists, curators and the general public with regular exhibitions, residencies and a variety of special projects drawn from the Pérez Collection.
Born in 1950 in Calcutta, Lekha Poddar is a philanthropist, business woman, and an art collector. In 1990 she established Jeevashram, which cares for injured and sick animals. In 1997 Textile Arts of India was formed as a society to promote the excellence of traditional handloom crafts of the country. In 1990, along with friends, she restored and started Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel, near Alwar, in Rajasthan.
Together with her son Anupam, Lekha harnessed her passion into the formation of the Devi Art Foundation, which was established in 2008. She is the Chair at the Tate Modern, London of the South Asian Acquisition Committee, since October 2012 and is also a Member of the Tate International Council, since October 2013.
The Taguchi Art Collection was established by Hiroshi Taguchi, founder of the Misumi Group and the Misumi Collection. The Taguchi Art Collection has about 550 works of contemporary art (as of December 2020) from around the world, including the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Japan. Since 2013, Hiroshi’s daughter, Miwa, has taken over the management of the collection.
In 1990, Hiroshi established the Misumi Collection, which focuses on American pop art and, at the time, was a pioneer of corporate art collections in Japan. After Hiroshi retired from his position as president of the company around 2000, he started to build his personal collection, which was named the Taguchi Art Collection. Since then, Hiroshi has expanded the scope of his collection including not only artists from the United States, but also artists from other countries around the world, with a wide range of media including three-dimensional art, photography, and videos.
The collection does not have a specific exhibition space but holds exhibitions all over Japan in response to requests from public art museums. So far, the number of exhibitions of the Taguchi Art Collection is 11 private and public museums and 2 public spaces.
Miwa, the current president of the Taguchi Art Collection, had a career as a social worker and a university tutor. Miwa’s participation has led to an increase in the number of works dealing with social issues and works related to music, which Miwa is passionate about. Miwa is also interested in how she can use the collection to contribute to society.
For example, Miwa focuses on activities for children and communities where there are few opportunities to experience contemporary art. When Miwa holds exhibitions at local museums, she is actively involved in educational programs for the community. Miwa also organizes reach-out activities, such as holding interactive appreciation sessions for children and visiting elementary schools to exhibit some works of art from the collection.
For art lovers in general, Miwa organizes educational programs for people to learn about news from the overseas art world, which they would easily miss out on due to a lack of opportunity to reach overseas’ information.
We, at the Taguchi Art Collection, wish to share the joy of enjoying art with as many people as possible. This is the huge passion behind our collection, and we hope to continue our activities delivering contemporary art as a door to the world for the children who will make the future.
SOUTH SOUTH recognises the crucial role played by independent and not-for-profit spaces in the arts ecosystem. In the Global South these organisations often work in spaces where there is no existing arts funding infrastructure. A driving force behind the VEZA is to fundraise for our not-for-profit partners:
CASA DO POVO
Casa do Povo is an art center located in the Bom Retiro neighborhood, downtown São Paulo, Brazil. It revisits and reinvents notions of culture, community and memory. Inhabited by a dozen groups, Casa do Povo develops an interdisciplinary, process-based program and socially-engaged activities. It sees art as a critical tool in an ongoing process of social transformation. Literally “The People’s House”, Casa do Povo adapts to the needs of each project in order to attend unconventional artistic proposals as well as neighborhood associations. Its work axes (memory; collective and socially-engaged practices; dialogue and involvement with its surroundings) stem from contemporary contexts in direct relation with Casa do Povo’s historical, Jewish and humanist premises.
GREEN PAPAYA PROJECTS
Green Papaya Art Projects is an independent initiative that supports and organises actions and propositions that explore tactical approaches to the production, dissemination, research and presentation of contemporary practices in varied artistic and scholarly fields. It endeavours to provide a platform for intellectual exchange, sharing of information, critical dialogue and creative / practical collaboration among the artistic community. Founded in 2000, it is the longest running independently run multidisciplinary platform in the Philippines.
RAW MATERIAL COMPANY
RAW Material Company is a centre for art, knowledge and society. It is an initiative involved with curatorial practice, artistic education, residencies, knowledge production, and archiving of theory and criticism on art. It works to foster appreciation and growth of artistic and intellectual creativity in Africa. The programme is trans-disciplinary and is equally informed by literature, film, architecture, politics, fashion, cuisine and diaspora. RAW Material Company is made of: RAW Base, a resource centre specialized in contemporary art; RAW Académie, an experimental study programme for artistic thinking and production; Ker Issa, residencies and studios for artists, curators, authors and researchers.