Ingrid Masondo’s involvement with the arts-heritage sectors spans more than two decades in a variety of institutions and capacities. Amongst others, these have included diverse roles such as archivist at Mayibuye Archives; projects and curriculum manager at the Market Photo Workshop, researcher, photo editor and member of the editorial team at Chimurenga-Chronic publication; as well as curator at Badilisha Poetry Radio. She is the current curator of Photography and New Media at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.
Through this fellowship, Masondo aims to bring UWC archives into conversation with other exiled archives. Through the lens of jazz, she aims to probe their foundational and collecting logics, the archival practices and work at play, as well as their challenges and to explore how genres (including jazz) could be disrupted to enliven not only the objects and subject but also archivists and a range of uses, and users.