Anthology on Àsìkò International Art School

Image: The 6th edition of the Àsìkò International Art Programme took place from June 27th to July 30th, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Anthology on Àsìkò International Art School
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Editor Stephanie Baptist and artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti will present on the forthcoming Àsìkò publication that includes contributions from over 50 previous participants and facilitators of the program.

From 2010–2016, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, presented an innovative, itinerant program of exhibitions, talks, seminars, workshops and events reaching out to local and international audiences. It was initiated by founder and curator Bisi Silva. Àsìkò aimed to fill a gap in the educational system in Nigeria and many African countries, which tend to ignore the critical methodologies and histories that underpin artistic practice. Using the format of part art workshop, part residency and part academy over the course of 30 days, the art school was held annually in different cities; Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Maputo and Addis Ababa, and focused partially on technique and primarily on methodology, critical thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas. CCA, Lagos is an independent organization that receives no government support and has no institutional affiliations.

Contributions to the Àsìkò publication include critical essays, short stories, reflections, and artworks by former participants and facilitators of the program, such as Antwan Byrd, Eddie Chambers, Tamar Garb, Jackie Karuti, Simone Leigh, Mario Macilau, Nontobeko Ntombela, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Moses Serubiri, Shane Aslan Selzer, Victoria Udondian, Zoe Whitley, and Portia Zvavahera, among others.


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with ASIKO in the subject line.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


June 13, 2017

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Stephanie Baptist

Stephanie Baptist is a Brooklyn based independent cultural producer and editor. For over a decade she has collaborated with noted contemporary artists, organizations and individuals. She is the Editorial Director of forthcoming publication Àsìkò (2017) and has previously served as Program Director for En Foco, a non profit photography organization dedicated to cultural diversity and as Head of Exhibitions and Public Programs for Tiwani Contemporary an art gallery dedicated to African and diaspora art in London. Stephanie has edited a number of publications such as, Rotimi-Fani Kayode (1955-1989), Simone Leigh and Njedika Akunyili: I Always Face You Even When it Seems Otherwise, Mary Evans: Cut and Paste, and Barbara Walker: As Seen. She has also been contributing editor for Another Africa and London/NY Correspondent for Contemporary And. She has an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University of London.

Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Nontsikelelo Mutiti is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Born in Zimbabwe, Mutiti holds a diploma in multimedia art from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in graphic design. Mutiti was a resident artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, as well as Recess and the Centre for Book Arts, both in New York City. In 2015, Mutiti was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in its inaugural year. Mutiti maintains a graphic design practice focusing on print and publication design. She produces artists books and other self-initiated work in the form of video and objects in multiple. Mutiti is currently Assistant Professor in the New Media Department at State University of New York, Purchase College. She lives and works between New York City and Harare.

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