Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Chimurenga (The Chronic / The Pan African Space Station)
Active across Africa
Active since 2002
Chimurenga, a pan African platform of writing, art, and politics was founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002. Drawing together a myriad voices from across Africa and the diaspora, Chimurenga takes many forms operating as an innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection about Africa by Africans. Outputs include a journal of culture, art and politics of the same name (Chimurenga Magazine); a quarterly broadsheet called The Chronic; The Chimurenga Library—an online resource of collected independent pan-African periodicals and personal books; the African Cities Reader—a biennial publication of urban life; and the Pan African Space Station—an online radio station and pop-up studio.
The aim of these projects is not only to produce new knowledge, but rather to express the intensities of our world, to capture those forces and to take action. This has required a stretching of the boundaries, for unless we push form and content beyond what exists, then we merely reproduce the original form—the colonized form, if you will. It requires not only a new set of questions, but its own set of tools: new practices and methodologies that allow us to engage the lines of flight, of fragility, the precariousness, as well as joy, creativity, and beauty that define contemporary African life.
As Fela puts it, simply: who no know go know.