After two very successful programmes in Lagos, On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise (2010) and History/Materiality in 2012, Àsìkò took on an itinerant format to engage Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

West African neighbours Accra, Ghana in 2013 were hosts, followed by Dakar, Senegal in 2014 before moving southward to Maputo, Mozambique in 2015. In 2016, the programme continues its itinerancy by moving north east to the horn of Africa.

This marks the first time the programme will engage with the history and culture of Ethiopia, the only country in Africa that has not been colonised. The capital city Addis Ababa, which serves as the seat of the African Union, seems an appropriate setting to continue the deliberations for the 6th and final edition of Àsìkò in its current format.

In Maputo, in 2015 the 5th edition of Àsìkò moved away from a definitive theme towards a more open discursive model that allows for ‘play and chance’ where individual perspectives and research interests of both the participants and the faculty can be highlighted.

The focus will continue on and explore the themes and issues that have been addressed over the past 5 years; colonial history and postcolonial reality decolonial theory, identity, ‘Africanness’ and pan-Africanism, materiality, the archival, locality vs. globalism, the body and sexuality amongst others.
Addis Ababa is one of the fastest developing cities on the continent and issues around the changing urban landscape form an important, local discussion point at the moment. The point of departure will continue to be African and African Diaspora cultural production and thought, as well as examining its shifts and developments in recent years and its place within a global context.

Curatorial Segment of the Programme

The programme will include the 5th curatorial segment begun in 2012 responding to an urgent and continuing need for more curators on the continent.
Over the past four years 10 participants have taken advantage of this course to develop their skills and knowledge. During the 35 day course, curatorial participants will be encouraged to develop their research methodologies, hone their proposal development as well as their critical writing skills, engage closely with artists from across the continent as well as with experienced professionals from around the world.
The curators will be challenged to develop and engage new curatorial formats and strategies for the final programme under experienced curatorial supervision.
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