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Founded in 2020, Under The Aegis is a curatorial and art advisory company that produces exhibitions and facilitates the relationship between artists, collectors and institutional collections from the African continent and the diaspora. Our programme focuses on the exploration of intersectional African identity, challenging established paradigms and drawing connections between the historical and the contemporary. Conceptually linking historical, traditional, modernist, and contemporary art in Africa, while holding space for a polyphony of ideas and positions that expand globally.
Founded by curator Anelisa Mangcu in Cape Town, South Africa, Under the Aegis is dedicated to fostering connections between artists, collectors, and institutional collections from across the African continent and the diaspora. Under Mangcu's leadership, Under the Aegis aims to empower artists to realize their full potential and challenge societal norms through their work. The company's advisory services provide artists with the support and resources they need to thrive in a competitive industry, while its exhibition production arm creates opportunities for artists to showcase their work on a global stage.
With a commitment to amplifying diverse voices and celebrating intersectional African identities, Under the Aegis represents a new era of inclusivity and innovation in the art world. Through exhibitions like 'BODYLAND: A Site For Contemplation' and the Stellenbosch Outdoor Photography Exhibition, the company invites audiences to engage with thought-provoking themes and explore new perspectives on identity and belonging.
Driven by a passion for social change and artistic expression, Under the Aegis is more than an art advisory service—it's a catalyst for transformation within the global art community. As the company continues to grow and evolve, its founder, Anelisa Mangcu, remains dedicated to leaving behind a legacy of empowerment and inspiration for generations to come.


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Anelisa Mangcu: Curator and Advocate for Pan-African Art


Anelisa Mangcu is a curator and interdisciplinary art practitioner based in Cape Town. She obtained an Honours in Curatorship from the Centre for Curating the Archive, at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Mangcu is the co-founder of the Victory of the Word NPC, an organisation that works on funding and investment strategies to stimulate and preserve art entities such as Lovedale Press. She has curated over 42 exhibitions and presentations for fairs such as FNB Art Joburg, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 1-54 New York and RMB Latitudes Art Fair.


In 2020, she founded Under The Aegis, which offers curatorial and art advisory services, and facilitates the relationship between artists, galleries, collectors and institutional collections from the African continent and the diaspora. Mangcu serves on the advisory board of Art School Africa, where she is able to continue contributing to decentralising and decolonising the existing educational structures within the arts in South Africa. In 2023, she was appointed as the Chief Curator of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Photography Exhibition titled 'Freedom, I dream up for myself and others', which explores the Masters of Photography who draw inspiration from the African continent.

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