ASIKO[2013]

“The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced’’
3rd International Art Programme
May 6 – June 9, 2013

After two very successful programmes which took place in Lagos on Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise 2010 and History/Materiality in 2012, for the first time the initiative moved to another West African country, Ghana- Accra. This 3rd International Art Programme dubbed “The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced’’ was held in Accra from May 6 – June 9, 2013 with the Foundation for Contemporary Art- Ghana as the lead coordinating organization. This is an international programme with leading art institutions as collaborating partners:
•Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos [Nigeria] •Nubuke Foundation [Ghana] •Dei Centre for the Study of Contemporary African Art [Ghana] •Clark Art Institute [Massachusetts – USA] •Parsons the New School for Design [New York – USA]

Using the format of part art Laboratory, part Residency and part informal Art Academy, over the course of 35 intensive days the programme focuses partially on technique and primarily on methodology, critical thinking, and the implementation of conceptual ideas.

In 2013, this part Residency, part Art Laboratory and part Informal Art Academy brought together 12 emerging artists and 4 emerging curators from 9 different African countries namely: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa to be guided and mentored by 20 facilitators consisting of art lecturers, established guest artists and curators from Nigeria, Ghana, Netherlands, Brazil, UK and the USA.

Other partnering institutions included:
□ College of Art – KNUST [Kumasi-Ghana],
□ Public Records and Archives Administration Department of Ghana,
□ W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan- African Studies [Accra – Ghana],
□ Military Museum [Kumasi –Ghana]