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.
Based in Uganda
Active since 2007
Editor in Chief, Margaret Nagawa
Start Journal is a quarterly, online, peer-reviewed journal that (re) presents the voices of artists and art historians. It started in 2007 as a print journal and in 2010, it evolved into an online publication to benefit from the increasing availability of Internet access. Start Journal aims at maintaining its unique position of presenting artists’ voices alongside scholarly texts, primarily addressing the practice and reception of arts and culture in Uganda and the region. In this way, every published issue displays a mix of descriptive, reflective and nuanced expressions that reveal multi-layered voices, practices and meanings. Start Journal follows in the tradition of publications in Uganda that include: Roho initiated and published by Makerere Art School lecturers in the early 1960s; Transition established in Kampala in 1961 by Rajat Neogy; Reflektions published by the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (Makerere University) in 2007.
At the beginning, Start Journal was directed by a single editor under the publisher Kampala Arts Trust. In late 2016, the artist community in Kampala met and decided to change this format to a team of four editors and an advisory committee in order to diversify the voices presented in the journal. The editors are: Professor Emeritus Sidney Littlefield Kasfir, Emory University; Associate Professor George Kyeyune, Makerere University; Angelo Kakande, Makerere University; and artist-curator Margaret Nagawa.