Curatorial Intensive in Accra: Public Symposium

Curatorial Intensive in Accra: Public Symposium
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

W.E.B. DuBois Centre
1 Circular Road - Cantonments
Accra, Ghana
FREE and open to the public

The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Accra will present the exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the program.

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program that brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program page for further information.

Participants include: Bruno Alves de Almeida (São Paulo, Brazil), Juliana Caffé (Cape Town, South Africa), Joseph Gergel (Lagos, Nigeria), Frank Kofi Gyabeng (Kumasi, Ghana), Rose Jepkorir Kiptum (Nairobi, Kenya), Isaac Osei Kwadwo (Accra, Ghana), Kabelo Malatsie (Johannesburg, South Africa), Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo (Kumasi, Ghana), Ernestine White (Cape Town, South Africa), and Raquel Wilson (Dakar, Senegal).

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April 25, 2017

W.E.B. DuBois Centre
1 Circular Road - Cantonments
Accra, Ghana


Bruno Alves de Almeida

Bruno Alves de Almeida (b. 1987, Brazil/ Portugal) is a curator and architect. He is a fellow at De Appel’s Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2018/19).  Almeida is the founder and curator of the research/exhibition platforms ‘SITU’ (2015-2017) and ‘1:1’ (2018-ongoing), both in São Paulo, Brazil. In the project SITU he commissions site-specific works for the external public spaces of Galeria Leme, a building designed by the renowned architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. In the project 1:1 Almeida commissions a series of bipartite works/exhibitions that simultaneously take place in an exhibition space inside Galeria Jaqueline Martins, and in a pre-existing location within the gallery’s neighbourhood. This second site is chosen by each artist and already hosts its own daily functions.  Almeida has developed projects with institutions such as: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA; Pivô Art and Research, São Paulo, Brazil, among others. He participated in residencies such as: TATE Intensive, TATE Modern, London, UK (2018); Ideas City Arles, New Museum, New York, USA with LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2017); Curatorial Intensive Accra, Independent Curators International, New York, USA (2017); IMPACT17, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany (2017), among others. His research and projects were published in: ARTFORUM Magazine, USA; ATLÁNTICA Journal of Art and Thought, CAAM - Atlantic Centre of Modern Art, Spain; PRŌTOCOLLUM: Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary, Germany, among others.

Juliana Caffé

Juliana Caffé (b. São Paulo, 1983) is a curator, editor and researcher on contemporary art. She is currently a master’s student at the Postgraduate Program in Aesthetics and Art History at the University of São Paulo USP. She holds postgraduate specialization in Curatorship from the University of Cape Town UCT (South Africa); and in Art: History, Criticism, and Curating from PUCSP. She worked at the Associação Cultural Videobrasil between 2013 and 2017, on the programming of the exhibitions and other activities of GalpãoVB. She has co-curated Conversations in Gondwana, since 2017, a curatorial collective and platform for research, experimentation, and studies in contemporary art between southern countries; and co-curated the Cambridge Artistic Residency, a project which puts forward artistic and cultural proposals in the Ocupação Hotel Cambridge, an occupied building in downtown São Paulo. She collaborates with Artishock Magazine and has participated in artist residencies such as Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo EAC (Montevideo, 2019), No Lugar (Quito, 2021), and Kiosko (Santa Cruz, 2021). Selected curatorial works include: How to Remain Silent? at the A4 Arts Foundation (Cape Town, 2017); From Silence to Memory at Paço das Artes (São Paulo, 2018); Conversations in Gondwana at CCSP (São Paulo, 2019); and A Continent for Caliban at Factoría Habana (Havana, 2020).

Joseph Gergel

Joseph Gergel is an independent curator and art adviser based in Lagos, Nigeria. Over the last four years, he has worked closely with contemporary African artists to produce exhibitions in Lagos, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York, London, Miami, Amsterdam and Dubai. He has served as co-curator for three editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the international festival of photography in Nigeria, as well as a curator for the African Artists’ Foundation, a Nigerian non-profit organization. Gergel currently works as a Curatorial Adviser to Art Twenty One and Arthouse Contemporary, two contemporary art spaces in Lagos, as well as a curator for Moon Man Studios, a creative agency based in London. He is also the director of the Arthouse Foundation, a non-profit artist residency program in Lagos. During his time in Nigeria, Gergel has developed public art programs in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, and the Mondrian Fund. He has also written for contemporary art publications including Foam Magazine, Aperture, British Journal of Photography, DIS Magazine, and Art Africa. He received a Master’s Degree in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in Photography and the Philosophy of Images.

Frank Kofi Gyabeng

Frank Kofi Gyabeng is an independent curator based in Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art in the MFA Curating program. With the help of a few collaborators, he is working at the moment to realize his exhibition project.

Rose Jepkorir Kiptum

Rose Jepkorir Kiptum is the co-curator of Wanakuboeka Feelharmonic, Naijographia, and 28 Words in Maputo. She has participated in the research residency; We are (not) one - Artists, Curators, Institutions and Diversity in Latin America, Curatorial Intensive (Accra), Goethe-Institut Nairobi curatorial workshop and is an alumni of the Asiko International Art School.

Isaac Osei Kwadwo

Isaac Osei Kwadwo is multimedia storyteller, who believes in telling stories from a global perspective. His early volunteering work with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) drew him closer to studying and understanding divergent perspectives when it comes to Humanitarian support. His interest in art led him to blog actively on art and artists in Ghana and across the sub-region of West African. He recently curated an exhibition titled “Let’s Talk Sh*t” for the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF Ghana).

Kabelo Malatsie

Malatsie lives and works in Johannesburg. She worked as an associate in the curatorial team at Stevenson gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 2011 until 2016. Her Master’s degree in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand explores alternative funding and institutional models that are rooted in their viability within a South African context. Malatsie also holds an Honours degree in Curatorship from the University of Cape Town and an undergraduate degree in BCom Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg. She was a participant of Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive in Accra in 2017 and the 9th Berlin Biennale Young Curators Workshop in 2016.

Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo

Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo is currently pursuing her MFA in Curatorial Studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. She holds a BFA in Painting from the same institution. She has been part of the curatorial team for the annual exhibition held by blaxTARLINES, a project space for contemporary art at the Department of Painting and Sculpture, KNUST. Since her participation as an artist in the 2014 exhibition held at the Nubuke Foundation, titled KNUST End of Year Show (the first of the annual exhibitions), she has played a curatorial role in the following: The Gown Must Go Town (2015) and Cornfields in Accra (2016), both held at the Museum of Science and Technology in Accra, Ghana.

Ernestine White

Ernestine White is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko South African National Gallery with just over 16 years of experience in the visual arts sector. Her professional accomplishments include being the Acting Director for the Iziko South African National Gallery, serving on the National Arts Festival’s artistic committee responsible for coordinating the visual arts programme at the Grahamstown Festival and selecting the Standard Bank Young Artists winner for the Visual and Performance Arts categories. Recently Ms. White has been judge and adjudicator for competitions such as the Vuleka art competition, the Taxi Art Award and the Sanlam Portrait awards. Spanning eight years White has worked as the Exhibitions and senior projects coordinator for the Parliamentary Millennium Programme, an initiative of the South African Parliament to develop projects and programmes related to nation building. She is also an artist whose work features in a number of major local and international collections. A career highlight has been the inclusion of her work into the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Ms. White completed a four-year Bachelor degree at the Sate University of Purchase College in New York, a two-year Master apprenticeship at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in New Mexico to become a Tamarind Master printer. Ernestine White returned to South Africa in 2001 to complete her Masters degree in Fine Art and in 2014 completed an Honours in Curatorship diploma at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Raquel Wilson

Raquel Wilson is an independent curator and anthropologist that explores the mutation of traditional into contemporary art forms across cultures. Formerly Curatorial Director for the Brooklyn-based arts organization DOPE SWAN, Raquel was responsible for guiding the professional practices of emerging artists, and providing programming that engaged and connected creative talents with the local community.  Dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations, Raquel was a Senior Partner at Young Art Collector, an agency that engages artists and collectors in supporting an inclusive and lucrative global art community and participated in the 2017 ICI Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana. She has curated several exhibitions including the 13th edition of the Dakar Women’s Group Art Show (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, 2015), No Jheri Curls & No Drugs: A David Lee Photo Exhibit (Brooklyn Historical Society, 2009), Brooklyn Influence featuring the work of Jamel Shabazz and Amanda Adams-Louis (Corridor Gallery, 2009) and a group showing of mixed media works from fifty artists in We’ve Gotta Have It!: Art Inspired by Spike Lee (Salena Gallery, 2009). For Dak’Art OFF 2016 (Dakar, Senegal), Raquel designed “La Ville et Moi: Art Adventure Mystery Hunt”, a programme that integrated and initiated children, ages 6–13, into art spaces around the city.  She is based in Dakar, Senegal.

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