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'Africans are viewed as the objects, not people': A Q&A with urbanist Mpho Matsipa

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The Stock exchange in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, from LIllustrazione Italiana, Year XXVI, No 49, December 3, 1899. (Getty Images)
The Stock exchange in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, from LIllustrazione Italiana, Year XXVI, No 49, December 3, 1899. (Getty Images)

Mpho Matsipa is an architect who describes her practice as a research-led curatorial work in architecture and urbanism. She is also a research and writing fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, as well as the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town. In addition, she is a co-investigator on an Andrew Mellon grant looking at Mobility, Temporalities and African Political Futures. 

New projects include working on an installation collaboration for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale’s International Exhibition curated by Hashin Sarkis under the theme "How will we live together". 

For the last 10 years, she has worked as a lecturer at the Wits School of Architecture and Planning.

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