The Future of Contemporary Art in Africa by Raphael Chikukwa and
Photo Credit: Joel Lukhovi
Raphael Chikukwa and Renée Mboya will be in conversation about the future of Contemporary Art in Africa. They will touch on key pointers on Art History from Africa and well as current perceptions on art from Africa.
With East Africa remaining relatively less known in comparison to its counterparts Southern and West Africa, this conversation will look at the direction in which art from Africa as a whole is headed in.
Raphael Chikukwa is here in Kenya as part of the Sasa Series by the Goethe Institute in partnership with The Art Space, Kuona Trust and the Art Cabinet.
Raphael Chikukwa was born in Zimbabwe and worked mainly as an independent curator for ten years before joining the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2010 as its Chief Curator. In his current position, Chikukwa hopes to change the visual arts landscape of Zimbabwe. Chikukwa curated the first and second Zimbabwe Pavilions at the 54th and 55th Venice Biennales. Since 2011, Chikukwa has taken part in a number of forums that include the Johannesburg Art Fair 2013; Arco Madrid 2013; Re Zimbabwe Pavilion talk at INIVA in London; 1st World Biennale Forum in South Korea; KLA ART 012, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival; and Condition Report forum in Senegal. He is a founding member of the PUMA funded Creative Africa Network, and was an editor and advisor for the project (2008–09). Recently, he was among seven curators from Africa who attended the Tate Modern Symposium, Curating in Africa, where he presented a paper on his curatorial practice. In 2008, Chikukwa represented Africa at Art Basel Miami Conversations. The American Centre Foundation also awarded Chikukwa a curatorial research grant for which he travelled in West Africa (2006–07). He was awarded as the 2006–07 Chevening Scholar, and now holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University, London.
Renee Mboya is a curator, writer and filmmaker. Since 2012 she is engaged in research, writing, creating installations and works with (visual) artists, photographers and filmmakers from all over Africa, in order to explore the different identities of a new generation. Mboya has put together exhibitions for Gallery Watatu / Kuona Trust Art Centre and various pop-up areas throughout Africa. Her own work has been shown in Medina Gallery in Bamako and the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam. Her texts have been published in Life Magazine, Art, East African Standard Newspaper, Kwani and The Sun Times. She is currently based in Germany.