Published on Saturday, June 18th, 2011
FOCUS11 aims at showcasing the latest productions by artists from Africa and the diaspora area.
Art 42 Basel Public Programme, yesterday, June 17th, hosted a curator talk, “Curating in Africa and the diaspora: from network to collaborative practice”
featuring Raphael Chikukwa and Christine Eyene.
The talk began with a presentation panel by curator Eyene aiming to address the under representation of African art. The Gig: artists’ compositions
, FOCUS11’s exhibition, seeks to question the concept of curator as creator and the power relations between curators and artists as well as a certain mediation between artwork and spectator. Eyene also discussed her forthcoming projects: Women Speak Out
(2011-2012, Dakar and touring) and Reflections on the Self – Five African Women Photographers
(2011-2014, Hayward Touring Programme).
Eyene will also present the coming issue of Africultures
(Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011) entitled “L’Art au Féminin: approches contemporaines”
and “Seeing Ourselves”
(Milan: Charta, 2011) the catalogue of the first Zimbabwe Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale co-edited by Eyene and Katrina Schwarz.
Chikukwa gave a detailed expansion on the Zimbabwe Pavilion and the overall importance of Africa to take part in events like the Venice Biennale and Art Basel, the leading contemporary art fair’s of the world.
As curator, Chikiwa also discussed the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s developments of contemporary art programs, including Gwanza Month of Photography (August 2011) and Harare Conversations, a series of talks bringing international art practitioners to Zimbabwe.