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 a writer and curator who lives in New York. He is co-curator of Greater New York 2020, MoMA PS1’s survey of contemporary art.
Moses was part of the curatorial team for the Berlin Biennale X (2018). From 2013 to 2017 Moses traveled extensively to participate in curatorial residencies, conferences, and juries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. In 2015, Moses held the position of Stadtschreiber at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies and in 2014 he co-curated the second public art biennial in Kampala, KLA ART, entitled Unmapped, and organized a four-volume public program at the Goethe Zentrum Kampala. From 2011 to 2012 he was a critic at the Ugandan daily newspaper New Vision Daily. With his interests ranging from historical narration, African feminist theory, indigeneity, and iconography, Moses is currently an associate researcher in “African Art History and the Formation of a Modern Aesthetic,” a long-term project founded by the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies in Germany. Recent texts and conference talks include: “Counter-Imaginaries: ‘Women Artists on the Move’, ‘Second to None’, and ‘Like a Virgin …’” in Afterall 47 (2019); FESTAC ‘77: Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (2019); “The Hiss and Steam of a Pot of Blood,” commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology (2018); Women on the Move (1985-2015): A Comparative Study (2017) at Para-Site International Conference in Hong Kong; the 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art of the ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association) in Accra, Ghana (2017); “La Vida del Plátano” (2016); The Use and Abuse of History, organized by the School of Oriental African Studies (2015); and the 41st annual meeting of the African Literature Association in Bayreuth, Germany (2015). Moses completed his Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Hunter College.

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