April 29, 2018 - Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos - Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa launches at 13th Dakar Biennale
Including book launch, panel discussions, exhibitions, and workshops
May 3–6, 2018
April 29, 2018

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Top: installation view African Art Book Fair at 12th Dak'Art 2016. Bottom: Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa.

Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa launches at 13th Dakar Biennale
Including book launch, panel discussions, exhibitions, and workshops
May 3–6, 2018

Centre Culturel Douta Seck
Blaise Diagne Avenue
Medina
Dakar
Senegal

www.ccalagos.org
www.asikoartschool.org
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Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa launches at 13th Dakar Biennale
Including book launch, panel discussions, exhibitions, and workshops
May 3–6, 2018

Centre Culturel Douta Seck
Blaise Diagne Avenue
Medina
Dakar
Senegal

www.ccalagos.org
www.asikoartschool.org
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The Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to launch in collaboration with the African Art Book Fair, the publication Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa at the 13th edition of the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Senegal.

Since 2010 a cohort of approximately 12-15 emerging African artists and curators are joined by an international faculty of practicing artists, art historians, curators and writers, for an intensive 35-day course of study in art and curatorial history, methodologies and professional development. Moving between models of laboratory, residency and academy, Àsìkò privileges experimentation over conventional approaches to art making and curatorial inquiry, encouraging participants to workshop ideas, proposals and projects for long-term development and implementation. 

Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa chronicles six editions of the programme: the first two editions having taken place in Lagos, and the subsequent four editions in Accra, Dakar, Maputo and Addis Ababa, the capitals of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mozambique and Ethiopia, respectively. The publication documents each unique but related iteration of the programme, and indexes the work and reflections of the more than 70 cultural producers (from 15 African countries) who have participated in Àsìkò 2010-2016. The book embodies the multifaceted structure of Àsìkò by interweaving documents specific to each edition with a range of materials including commissioned essays on alternative strategies of artistic and curatorial practice, interviews, artworks and reflections by participants and faculty. 

Àsìkò: On The Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa explores many of the themes and issues that have concerned African artists over the last several decades, and offers a foundation for new debates on visual culture in Africa, and methods for articulating, presenting, documenting, and historicising cultural practices in the future. The publication offers bold reflections on the interdisciplinary ethos at the heart of Àsìkò, and considers how diverse formats—including film, literature, theatre, dance and visual art—can be more effectively used in moving forward an appreciation of contemporary art, art history and visual culture across the continent.

Publication Director: Bisi Silva
Art and Editorial Director: Stephanie Baptist
Designers: Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Julia Novitch

Contributors include: Stephanie Baptist, Antawan I. ByrdEddie Chambers, Tamar Garb, Phillipe Pirotte, Nontobeko Ntombela, Amilcar Packer, Gabriela Salgado and Bisi Silva.

Softcover, pages 424, ISBN 9780692288184. Published by Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos 2017.

Launch of Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa 
Saturday, May 5, 5:30–7:30pm

5:30–6:30pm: Panel discussion on publishing, curating and art education in Africa with Martha Kazungu (UG) Asiko 2015, Komla Eza, (Togo) Asiko 2014, Mady Sima (SEN) Asiko 2013, Igo Diarra (Mali) 2014 and Bisi Silva, Director, CCA, Lagos
Moderator: Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, Asiko Faculty 2015 & 2016

6:30–7:30pm: Launch reception

For more information contact info [​at​] ccalagos.org

 

African Art Book Fair (AABF)
The premiere international fair for African art books

From May 3 to 6, 2018, Dak’Art Biennale

The art journal AFRIKADAA, in partnership with the Dakar Biennale, is proud to announce the third edition of the African Art Book Fair (AABF). It’s the first time that the Dakar biennale will feature a publication-focused space dedicated to the presentation of critical production and art publications.

L’AABF: an innovative artistic proposition
The African Art Book Fair is an artistic project conceived as an independent publishing event accompanied by an exhibition and a forum for discussion centered around specific themes including publications in art, photography, design, experimental music, open culture, and militancy.

The 3rd edition will showcase the most current exchange of new editorial practice on a North/South axis and will permit independent publishers and partners a platform to meet and exchange with professionals from the art world as well as the public, all of which will contribute to the fostering of dialogue and the circulation of knowledge that permit African artworks and artists their proper contextualization. We will critically engage issues including publishing as a curatorial and artistic practice, as well reflect on the current state of art criticism. Numerous international independent editions, selected for the quality of their propositions, will be featured in a specially designed presentation during this 3rd edition. Thus, the AABF connects international artists with the public by means of affordable publications, all the while offering an alternative art space alongside active biennales, galleries and museums.

The AABF platform positions itself as an itinerant and polymorphous entity that invites itself into the heart of these fairs, salons, and biennales. The lack of critical production threatens the transmission between the contemporary art of Africa and its diaspora in terms of critical content, analysis anesthetics. The AABF will cross over the frontiers with the aim of confirming the necessity of inscribing living memory through the written word, in order to archive the impact of contemporary forms.

Independent publishers include:
AFRIKADAA, Bandjoun Station Editions, Les Éditions Clémentine De La Ferronnière, CCA Lagos, Teham Éditions, Chimurenga, Editions Malika Slaoui, Duta Editions, Les éditions Ifrikiya, Galerie Imane Farès Editions, Market FiftyFour, Mosaïques, Nka Journal, of African Contemporary Art, Pathways to Free Education, Revue Noire, Manufactoriel Edition, Vus d’Afrique Editions, Zâman Editions, Africalia Edition, Sugarcane magazine...

Special projects include:

Exhibition: Make it Yourself
Curators:
Pascale Obolo, Yves Chatap.

Artists: Rita Alaoui, Dimitri Fagbohoun, Marco Godinho, Katia Kameli, Mischek Masamvu, Raffaella della Olga, Nadia Valentine, Ekatarina Vasilyeva, Guy Woueté, Pape Tegne diouf

The Gallery of Small Things (GoST)
Curator:
Bisi Silva.

An exhibition featuring over 40 established and emerging artists from Africa and the Diaspora presenting 75 works not more than 20 x 20 inches (50cm) in size in a variety of media. The conceptual and curatorial premise behind this itinerant pop up initiative is to create intimacy in an art world saturated with very large works that need us to move back in order to experience them. With GoST, the idea is for the viewer to move forward, to move closer to the works in order to engage them.  For this second edition the Brooklyn based apartment gallery and project space Medium Tings founded by Stephanie Baptist has been invited as a collaborator. As an "incubator" for emerging contemporary artists Medium Tings embodies the same objectives of GoST.  

GoST is an intitative of Bisi Silva Projects

A rich program of discussion panels including:

Open Talk: a space of expression dedicated to the presentation of a featured publication. Each independent publisher will be allowed to sign up for the opportunity to present their organization.
Aperitif performative reading with a selection of artists every day at 5pm
Workshop: workshop on the creation of the artist book by artist Nadia Valentine

Contact
Pascale Obolo: zugas.pascale [​at​] gmail.com / T +33 (0)6 09 55 26 57

 

Special thanks to Mercedes Vilardell for her support of AABF.

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