curatorial intensive

A Visual History of African Women’s Liberation Struggles (1989-present)

By Serubiri Moses

For Curatorial Intensive in Dakar

A Visual History of African Women’s Liberation Struggles (1989-present)

Curated by Moses Serubiri

It is impossible to describe a singular narrative of the struggle for African women’s liberation. And the multiplying stories of liberation struggle reveal a present and challenging history, one which remains unpopular in the realm of Africa’s political and social environments. To speak of women’s liberation in 2016, means to call on memories that draw nearer the politics and aesthetics of African women’s liberation.

The amnesia that occurs when trying to trace memories of women’s struggle is one clue to the discontinuity of old and new struggles for women’s emancipation on the African continent. While there are clear icons of women’s emancipation, there are far less monuments for the struggles of African women’s liberation. This project, thus, aims at making linkages between the iconography of women’s emancipation and the struggles of African women’s liberation.

1989 is the year in which women politicians in South Africa struggled for recognition at the level of national politics. Women’s Unions within the ANC took on the activism that brought equality for women in South African politics, and soon ushered a new iconography for women’s emancipation at the turn from racial apartheid to social democracy.

Taking the form of digital publishing, the project includes a series of podcasts and a series of online discussions, engaging a wide range of activists, authors, philosophers, and artists familiar with African women’s liberation struggles at various periods in the last 30 years. The long-term project envisions its other format as a physical exhibition after engaging in an internet-based quorum.


1.  A 1990’s cover of Agenda, the South African publication for women activism.
2.  Lilian Nabulime, Flight, wood on metal stand, 1995.

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About the Curator

Serubiri Moses

Serubiri Moses is an independent writer and curator. His essays are published in Chimurenga (South Africa), Frieze (U.K.), and C& – Contemporary And (Germany). His research and curatorial projects include: ‘Life mu City’ (2014), a series of public programs with the Goethe Center Kampala, and the biennial contemporary art festival, KLA ART - UNMAPPED (2014) among others. He has produced essays on African artists and curators for the online magazine C& – Contemporary And. He is currently on the curatorial team for the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by Gabi Ngcobo. He has served as faculty – and is alumnus – of the Asiko International Art School, and was awarded the 2015 Stadtschreiber residency at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.

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