AICA (INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL)
AICA, in collaboration with ZCAC held a three-day combined seminar and workshop for young curators and critics in the region, supported by UNESCO in Addis Ababa. It was part of an ongoing series, arranged on the initiative of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). It followed similar, successful events in Dakar (June 2003) and Istanbul (September 2003).
The Seminar focussed on the issues arising in socially and economically complex situations that prevail in Ethiopia and many other countries in the broad region of English-speaking Africa, the Middle East and South-East Europe. The main conference language was English. A publication was produced at the end of the event, in the aica press series, ‘Round Tables and Debates’.
There is plenty of evidence for a rapid growth in the number of public art galleries, contemporary art biennials and alternative art events of all kinds throughout these regions, in recent years, as the products both of the growing number of people who are involved with the teaching of art criticism, cultural studies and art history, and with new developments in the curatorial practice of those who are interested in finding new ways of communicating with a larger public. This global phenomenon deserved to be discussed in relation to individuals’ different experiences and analyzed on a theoretical basis, in relation to future projects.
The three-day workshop-seminar is intended for a wide audience of art professionals and the general public, with special emphasis on students and young professionals (artists, educators, curators, critics) from the region.
Organized by ZCAC, this seminar took place in the premises of the Alliance Ethio-Française. http://issuu.com/jbwejman/docs/addis_ababa