Rachel Kabukala is a curator and art historian with nine years of experience in public and private art institutions. Accomplished in all aspects of collection management and exhibition development, she has initiated important acquisitions at multiple museums, contributed to exhibition and collection catalogues, supported interpretation initiatives, and produced public programs that foster genuine community connections. Rachel is committed to engaging in collaborative curatorial practices and synergistic scholarship as means towards mutual liberation and positive transformation for our shared futures.
She previously served as Curatorial Assistant for African Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and has worked on multiple exhibitions in recent years. In 2020, Rachel curated Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past & Present at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. In 2022, she presented the first solo exhibition of the Kinshasa-based artist collective Kongo Astronauts, titled Congo Gravitational Waves // A Metadigital & Tantalean Tale, at the University of North Texas CVAD Galleries.
Rachel completed her BA at St. Olaf College, where she double majored in Studio Art and Education and completed minors in Africa & the Americas and American Racial & Multicultural Studies. She is currently a PhD candidate at Indiana University in the Department of Art History, and her dissertation centers around the historical and contemporary artistic production of Kuba women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.