The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced 2013

May 6 – June 9, 2013

After two very successful programmes which took place in Lagos, the initiative will move for the first time to another West African country Accra, Ghana. During “The Archive:Static, Embodied, Practiced”, artists and curators will be encouraged to consider the archive beyond the narrow definition as solely a physical space where collections of documents are kept. What constitutes an archive? Who determines what materials are archival? What particular narratives do archives present, and how? What do archives reveal about the state, particular places or society in general? What is the role of archives and documents in contemporary visual art and curatorial practice today, and what can it be in the future? It is these questions, among others, that “The Archive: As Static, Embodied, Practiced” will encourage participating artists and curators to consider as possibilities for interacting with archives in their practice, be it indigenous or contemporary.

The focus will be less on technique and primarily on methodology, critical
 thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas. It will be of benefit
 to artists and curators interested in thinking through the conception and
execution of their practice, who are curious and interested in experimenting
through forms of practice and thought outside of the traditional modes of
working, but not to its total exclusion.

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For more information contact: Ato Annan or Adwoa Amoah
+233 264 527 432 / +233 244 771 190

Update Information

January 2013

The response to the call for participation over the past month has been extremely encouraging with interest from Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal and many more. The theme of the Archive has engaged the interest of many artists. Some of you were also able to meet the funding deadline of 1st January to apply for Art Moves Africa for a travel grant. A Great Beginning!

In the past an area of concern has been funding. The programme does come with a registration fee of USD750 to cover materials, excursions and the final presentation as well as general running of the programme. These are harsh times for funding all over the world but ALL applicants are required to make a financial contribution. All registration fees must be paid for the programme to take place. We advise that early research should be undertaken to identify possible funding avenues. On our part we are also exploring several avenues that will allow us to provide subsidies to participants towards some or all of their travel and accommodation expenses depending on funding available. We have had some success but we still have some way to go. However the most important contribution is the one you will make towards your career development that counts.

Facilitators are being being confirmed and here is a taster. We look forward once again to the participation of Global Crit Clinique coming out of the prestigious Parsons, New School for Design, New York spearheaded by the dynamic duo Kianga Ford (US) and Shane Aslan Selzer (US). Be prepared for your work to go through an intensive and prolonged critique? Eddie Chambers (UK) artist, curator and founder of the African and Asian Artists Visual Archive is one of the pioneering members of the Black Art Movement of the 80s in the UK. He provides first hand knowledge of this critical moment as well as his pioneering curatorial career. This year we deepen our critical engagement through a new segment, a two day critical theory seminar programme in collaboration with another prestigious institution , The Clark Art Institute, Williamston, MASS developed with Natasha Becker (SA/US)and facilitated by respected art historians, curators and artists. Tighten your thinking cap. The ideas could blow it off. One of the lead artists is none other than photographer and archivist Andrea Stultiens (NL). Her impressive Kaddu Wassa Archive project begun in 2008 and her History in Progress (Uganda) are perfect examples to kick off the programme.

Convinced yet? This is just the tip of the iceberg. The first action is to fill the form. Then become as inspired as we are. The language of instructions is English and participants must have a good grasp to full participate in and benefit from the programme.

Watch out for our next update on 4th February!!!

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