Curatorial Curiosity: Adventurers in the Diaspora 13.3

What is a curator? How do curators present contemporary African art and architecture in the 21st century? How are African content specialists interpreting heritage material? Can we improve the curation of art, architecture and culture in order to reveal another layer of our traditions?
cu·ra·tor (from Latin: curare meaning "take care") [kyoo-rey-ter] noun
  1. a person in charge of a museum, art collection, etc.
  2. a cultural heritage manager, conservator of cultural sites and resources.
  3. a person who selects content for presentation, as on a Website.
  4. an evidence manager, indexer and cataloguer of evidence.
  5. an archivist and historical record keeper.
  6. a manager; superintendent.
  7. a healer, curer of illness.
  8. Law. a guardian of a minor, lunatic, or other incompetent, especially with regard to his or her property.
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Inaugurated on the eve of independence by Ghana's first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the national museum remains the legal custodian of the country's material cultural heritage. In fulfilling its mission to preserve, protect and promote Ghana's heritage the GMMB collaborates with a wide variety of stakeholders from the artistic community both local and international.


Bisi Silva [Curator-Nigeria]


Bisi Silva is an independent art curator and is founder and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. She was co-curator of the 7th Dakar Biennale and of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece. Silva writes for international art magazines and journals including AgufonArtforumArt MonthlyMetropolois MUntitled, and Third Text, and she is in the editorial board of N. Paradoxa, international journal of feminist art.

Presentations: Curatorial Practice and the Archive under the project The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced Project conceived and developed by Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana, Accra

Presentations by Jabulani Perreira [Curator- South Africa], Aura Seikkula[Curator- Finland],  Mthabisi Phili [Curator/Artist – Zimbabwe] & Violet Nantume [Curator – Uganda]


Jabulani Perreira [Curator- South Africa]

Jabulani Pereira was born in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Jabu now resides in Johannesburg and is a Photographer, Videographer, Curator, Researcher, Activist and a Leader in human rights. Jabu prefers the gender pronoun ‘they’ and identifies as gender queer. Jabu obtained their masters of degree at New York University. Jabu was a Ford Foundation Fellow. They worked in the human rights sector for the past 20 years and continues to do so as a visual activist. Human Rights Documentation is foreground in the work of Iranti-Org, a vision Jabu develop over a period of time.

Aura Seikkula[Curator- Finland]

 Aura Seikkula is an independent curator and researcher based in Stockholm. She is a Doctoral candidate in cultural policy at the University of Jyväskylä. Current and recent projects include KOPIOITU a residency and exhibition program with Komplot Brussels and SIC Helsinki (2013); Show Your Sisu TV parody and performance event at the Baltic Circle Theater Festival (2012); the 6th Momentum Biennial Imagine Being Here Now, Moss Norway (2011); J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty survey exhibition for the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos and ARS 11 Kiasma Helsinki (2011); Nordic Art Today, Loft Project Etagi, St Petersburg Russia (2011); Urban Studies event series and residency program in Shanghai (2010-2011); On Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise residency and exhibition program, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (2010). 

Mthabisi Phili [Curator/Artist – Zimbabwe] 

Mthabisi Phili resides in Bulawayo and is a member of Independent Curators International. He has worked on the following exhibitions: Discovering Our Identities2008, Blue-pencil2010Perception360-2011 and P.S. my SpeaK and Reciprocal Narratives2012. He has worked with Intwasa Arts Festival as a Visual Arts Consultant and Curator. In 2011 he founded Voices in Colour organisation whose mission is to connect contemporary cultures.

Violet Nantume [Curator – Uganda]

Violet Nantume graduated from Makerere University, where she majored in jewelry making and Ugandan Contemporary Art History.  She is currently the education manager at 32 degrees East (Ugandan Arts Trust), Nantume is interested in theory of identity in Ugandan Art History, buoyed by an emphasis in public art.  She assisted the directors of the first contemporary public art exhibition in Uganda, KLA ART 2012, in both the formative and implementation stages. 

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ArchiAfrika is based in Ghana and we are broadening the discourse on Africa’s built environment to encompass the role of socio-cultural design inspired development. Our goal is to promote design strategies developed within the continent to address the challenges of our future and engage the next generation of design professionals. Our themes are heritage, identity, sustainability and urban renewal. We hope that our AiD discussions will prepare us for fantastic debate and exchange of ideas at the sixth African Perspective Conference taking place at the Golden Tulip Festac Hotel in Lagos Nigeria from December 5-8, 2013. Stay tuned for the conference announcement and call for papers. All Roads Lead to Lagos!