Insights into Curatorial Practices: Contemporary Art and Africa

Panel Discussion,

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Panel Discussion in English
Reservation required
5 € / combiticket with exhibition 13 €

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Insights into Curatorial Practices: Contemporary Art and Africa

Panel Discussion with the curators Bonaventure Ndikung and Simon Njami, moderated by Damian Lentini, Curator at Haus der Kunst. 

TICKTES: 5 €, available online and at the museum counter

Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung is an independent curator, author and biotechnologist. He is founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin. He was curator-at-large for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, and guest curator of the 2018 Dak'Art Biennale in Senegal. Together with the Miracle Workers Collective, he will curate the Finland Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. He is also artistic director of the 12th Rencontres de Bamako, a biennale for African photography, also taking place later this year. He is currently guest professor in curatorial studies and sound art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and has been appointed as the artistic director of Sonsbeek 2020, a quadrennial contemporary art exhibition in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Simon Njami is the Artistic Director of many Biennales and conceived several international exhibitions. Well known for the exhibition “Africa Remix” (works by eighty contemporary African artists shown at five venues worldwide from 2004 to 2007), he also co-curated the first African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Among many art shows, he curated the exhibition “The Divine Comedy – Heaven, Hell, Purgatory by Contemporary African Artists” shown at MMK (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main) in 2014, The SCAD Museum of Art and at Smithsonian Institution, Washington, in 2015. He curated “Afriques Capitales” in La Villette (Paris) and Gare Saint-Sauveur (Lille), in France, in 2017. Invited to be part of numerous art and photography juries, such as the World Press Photo Contest, the Hasselblad Award, Njami is the Art Adviser of the Sindika Dokolo Foundation (Luanda) and the Artistic Director of the Donwahi Foundation (Abidjan) and member of scientific boards of numerous museums. Simon Njami is the Artistic Director of the 13/14th edition of the Dakar Biennale in 2016/2018, the major art event on the African continent. Co-founder of Revue Noire, the first journal of contemporary African and extra-occidental art, Njami has published novels and biographies about James Baldwin and Léopold Sédar Senghor.