DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Curators

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Elise ATANGANA

(France/Cameroon) : responsible of selection of Diaspora artists.

Elise Atangana is a independant curator and producer. Based in Paris, she defines her experience in the art field as collective and laboratory adventures.
She recently collaborated with the Revue Noire, with Elvira Dyangani Ose, curator at the Tate Modern, on the Rencontres Picha (Biennale of Lubumbashi, 2012/2013). Co-founder of the collective On The Roof, she co-curated Synchronicity in Paris and London, Cyclicités at Le Manège Gallery in Dakar, and LE SOCLE at the Buttes-Chaumont park in Paris. Her encounter with Simon Njami in 2003 sets the beginning of many collaborations especially Check List Luanda Pop at the 52nd Biennale of Venice (2007), an African artists selection at the 9th Havana Biennale (2006), the 1st Luanda Trienniale (2006).
Meanwhile, since 2007 she works as a project and communication manager within the SNCF group (including 5 years at the SNCF Foundation).

See on line: www.ontheroofproject.com , www.revuenoire.com , www.rencontrespicha.org .

Abdelkader DAMANI

(Algeria): responsible of selection of North African artists.

Abdelkader Damani develops curatorial practice around the interaction of four ‘players’ he considers structuring its projects: the work, the space, the viewer and the discourse.
Trained in architecture at Oran (Algeria), he studied, on his arrival in France in 1993, art history and philosophy at the University Lyon 2 and Lyon 3. After being in charge of art and architecture projects in Cultural meeting Centre of la Tourette, Le Corbusier’s architecture, he led since 2007, the "VEDUTA" platform at the Biennale of Contemporary Art of Lyon. He is also an independent curator and works at the School of Art and Design Grenoble - Valence.
His recent publications include: Thierry Raspail, Hou Hanru & Abdelkader Damani, Le spectacle et le quotidien, Dijon, Presses du Réel, 2011; Recyclage et Urbanité, Paris, Editions de la Villette, 2010; Intuitions, in Biennale de Lyon 2011, Volume 2, Dijon, Presses du Réel, 2012, Une équation à quatre variables, in Gestes Nomades, HEAD - Geneva, Geneva (forthcoming in late 2013).

Smooth Ugochukwu NZEWI

(Nigeria, lives in USA): responsible of selection of artists from African countries south of Sahara.

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is an artist, curator, and art historian. Born in Nigeria, Nzewi trained as a sculptor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he earned a B.A. in Fine and Applied Art. He received a postgraduate diploma in the African Program in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and a PhD in Art History from Emory University, Atlanta, USA.
He has curated exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, United States, and Senegal, including, Afrika Heritage Biennial in Nigeria (2002, 2004, and 2007), Transitions: Contemporary South African Works on Paper at the High Museum Atlanta, USA in 2009 and Windows Part 1: New Works by Ndary Lo as part of the fringe exhibitions of the Dak’Art Biennial in 2012.
Nzewi is a recipient of several academic fellowships, scholarship, and artists’ awards, among which are, the Smithsonian Institution’s Curatorial Fellowship (2012) and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Fellowship (2011). He has published book chapters and catalog essays, as well as articles and exhibition reviews in reputable art journals and magazines, including African Arts, Studio, World Art and SAVVY.
Nzewi is also the Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

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