Elana Brundyn was born in Kimberley, South Africa. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Brundyn has been the Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Zeitz MOCAA since April 2015.
At Zeitz MOCAA, Brundyn works with private individuals, corporate and foundation donors who have made major commitments to the museum. It is with their support that artists from Africa and the Diaspora are able to exhibit their work at Zeitz MOCAA and that the museum’s education programming can run.
Brundyn studied law, political science and African Studies at the University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa) and University of Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Brundyn’s career in the contemporary art industry spans 20 years as a consultant and advisor to corporates and school collections, charity art auctions and commercial galleries. Her career has had a strong focus on philanthropic projects and fundraiser for specific art projects. She has sat on numerous art acquisitions committees, family collections committees, art foundations and trusts.
She was the Founding Director of Brundyn Gallery. Brundyn Gallery was a contemporary art gallery based in Cape Town. Founded in 2006 as Brundyn + Gonsalves, the gallery’s focus was on art from Africa and the diaspora. The Brundyn Gallery closed March 2015, when she joined the team of Zeitz MOCAA full time as Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs.
In addition to exhibiting established artists, the Brundyn Gallery was dedicated to developing significant and cutting edge (South) African contemporary artists, publishing catalogues and exhibiting at international art fairs. In working to achieve this, exhibitions have included artists such as John Akomfrah (Ghana), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Nástio Mosquito (Angola), Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Sidy Diallo (Senegal) Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa) and Nick Cave (USA).
Brundyn Gallery adopted a strong focus on video artworks (moving image) and features a dedicated video room (the first one in Africa). Brundyn hosted Commute with Intuitive Instinct, an exhibition entirely comprising video installations from local and international artists.
Since the beginning in 2012, Brundyn has concentrated on contributing to discussions on African histories by implementing a monthly and interdisciplinary Brundyn Talks programme. The talks have seen composers (Neo Muyanga), art historians (Nomusa Makhubu and Ashraf Jamal) and filmmakers (Dylan Valley) engage in numerous discourses pertaining to historical and contemporary art practices.