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Curatorial Intensive Addis Ababa 2014

May 13 – 19, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Independent Curators International (ICI), in collaboration with Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC), presents the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

This one-week professional development program offers curators the opportunity to explore art production and international connections currently developing in Ethiopia while discussing the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions globally among colleagues. Sessions focus on topics ranging from the pragmatics of developing a program to building infrastructure and platforms for supporting artistic production. This program marks the second Curatorial Intensive in Africa, following the program in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2013.

Balimunsi Philip

Born of Kabuye Benedict family, Balimunsi Philip is the curator of Uganda National Cultural Centre and the Uganda National Gallery known as Nommo gallery.

Helen Carey

Helen Carey is Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland.

Makeda Damtew

Makeda Damtew is a curator and assistant lecturer at Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Arts and Design.

Mohamed Hussein

Mohamed Hussein is a freelance artist, curator and designer from Baghdad.

Mihret Kebede

Mihret Kebede is an artist/poet, who graduated from Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design in painting with distinction in 2007 and has earned her MA in arts from the same school in 2016.

Wanja Kimani

Wanja Kimani is a visual artist and writer based in Northamptonshire, UK.

Anna Kućma

Anna Kućma is a Kampala-based independent Polish curator, writer, and art project manager.

Georgina Maxim

Georgina Maxim studied Creative Art and Design and Applied Art and Design with Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe.

Jillian Schultz

Jillian Schultz, originally from Chicago, recently relocated to Los Angeles after five years in Beijing, China.

Fitsum Shebeshe

Fitsum Shebeshe is a curator and painter based in Baltimore and Washington DC.

Zoma Wallace

Zoma Wallace is a curator, arts administrator, and experimental artist living and working in her hometown of Washington, DC.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is an independent curator and art critic from Quito, who received an MA from the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and taught at Universidad Católica in Quito.

Naima Keith

Naima J. Keith joined the California African American Museum (CAAM) in 2016 to guide the curatorial and education departments as well as marketing and communications.

Meskerem Assegued

Meskerem Assegued is an anthropologist, curator, and writer. In 2002, she founded ZCAC (Zoma Contemporary Art Center), an artist residency located in Addis Ababa and Harla, a small village south of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.

Riason Naidoo

Riason Naidoo is an independent South African curator, living in Paris since 2018.

Konjit Seyoum

Konjit Seyoum (b. 1963 Addis Ababa) is a freelance conference interpreter who was trained at the School of Interpretation and Translation at the University of Trieste, Italy.

Raphael Chikukwa

Raphael Chikukwa is the Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, where he served as Chief Curator of Contemporary Art and Deputy Director from 2010 to 2020.

Jimmy Ogonga

Jimmy Ogonga is an artist and producer, working intermittently between art production and curatorial practice.

Elvira Dyangani Ose

Elvira Dyangani Ose is the director of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). 

Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose is an artist, currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa.

About Zoma Contemporary Art Center
ZCAC is an eco-sensitive and educational artist-in-residence village. The concept was first introduced to the public in 2002 during Giziawi #1, its first art happening. Named after Zoma Shifferaw, a young Ethiopian artist who died of cancer in 1979, ZCAC is located in two major cities in Ethiopia. ZCAC Addis is in a house built by Elias Sime in Addis Ababa, and ZCAC Harla is in Harla, a small historic village east of Dire Dawa. ZCAC is run like a family where the surrounding community is an extension of the center. ZCAC’s mission is to bring together multidisciplinary artists from around the world and create innovative and environmental contemporary art.

The Curatorial Intensive was made possible in part by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Hartfield Foundation, with the generous support of Mercedes Vilardell, Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin, ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.