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Ladi’Sasha Jones (New York, NY)

In her work, Ladi’Sasha engages the intersections of digital storytelling, archival materials and cultural production. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Dreaming of Kin’ (2016) with artist Tiona McClodden and the ‘Emmett Till Project’ (2015), a digital commemoration of the 1955 murder and trial of Emmett Louis Till.
Based in New York, Ladi’Sasha is launching a small press and web-platform on Black cultural art research (IDA) and is currently working as Artist Engagement Manager for the Laundromat Project. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Temple University and a M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU.

→ www.ladijones.com


Rachell Marie Morillo (New York, NY)

Rachell Morillo is an artist, arts administrator and writer who has organized with communities, both domestic and international, to nurture innovative platforms for social change through visual art. She is currently associate in the Public Programs + Community Engagement Department at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she develops and assesses the museum’s initiatives to effectively activate it as a community platform and resource.


Enrica Picarelli (Parma, IT)

Enrica Picarelli is an independent researcher, translator and author of the research blog Afrosartorialism. She received a Ph.D in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World at “L’Orientale” University of Naples. She was “Michael Ballhaus Fellow” at the Center for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lueneburg and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Cultures at Lisbon’s University. She has authored book chapters and articles in refereed journals in the fields of television studies, digital media and fashion studies. Her current research focuses on vernacular sartorialism in Africa and the representation of fashionable black bodies on social media.

→ afrosartorialism.wordpress.com


Julie Aubry-Tirel (Strasbourg, FR)

À la croisée des genres, Julie Aubry-Tirel s’intéresse aux liens entre esthétique, éthique et politique, questionnant en particulier la place du corps, de l’imaginaire et des normes dans les représentations contemporaines. Elle porte un intérêt particulier aux arts populaires, dans une perspective critique, féministe et décoloniale.


Paula de Almeida (Lille & London)

Paula De Almeida is a cultural mediator and producer and has worked for institutions and communities in France, Angola, the UK and the USA. A Cape-verdian born in Lisbon later raised in France and educated in London. Enjoys existing in the liminal. She holds BA in international relations and development studies . She has also undertaken post-graduates studies in educational psychology and history of art. She is passionate about creating ‘social spaces and actions’ with people from all walks of life. Some of her favourite artists are Matisse, Nan Goldin, Adrian Piper, Bruce Lacey, Theaster Gates, Claude Cahun, Francis Bacon, Paula Rego, Lygia Pape and Jeremy Deller.
Founder of Artrepid (art tours and cultural services).


Gwenaëlle Fenon  (Strasbourg, FR)

Gwenaëlle Fenon est diplômée de la Licence « Industries Culturelles, Art et Sociétés » à l’Université de Lille 3. Elle intègre ensuite le Master « Critique- Essais, écritures de l’art contemporain » à l’Université de Strasbourg. En tant que critique d’art, elle a publié pour Transversalles, The Art Momentum et Rue 89.
Depuis ses études en sciences sociales, elle s’intéresse particulièrement aux flux et mobilités culturelles induites par la mondialisation. À travers les productions d’artistes des diasporas du continent africain, elle étudie les formes esthétiques
questionnant la notion de métissage et d’identité dans une perspective postcoloniale.


Jean Kamba  (Kinshasa, RDC)

Jean Kamba vit et travaille à Kinshasa. Licencié (bac +5), en sciences de l’information et de la communication à l’Université Pédagogique Nationale de Kinshasa (UPN), à la faculté des Lettres et Sciences humaines, depuis 2012.
Écrivain, poète, journaliste, et critique d’art ; Il organise aussi des expositions. Il œuvre dans le management de projets artistiques axé sur l’art contemporain ; consultant auprès du collectif « Solidarité des Artistes pour le Développement Intégral » (SADI) A .S.B.L, et auprès du centre d’art Waza ; ainsi que d’autres, œuvrant à Kinshasa et partout dans le monde. Depuis 2006, il fait un travail de suivi, de médiation et d’évaluation, auprès des artistes kinois dans leurs ateliers de création. Cela dans une logique s’axant exclusivement sur des pratiques artistiques contemporaines.


Salima El Aissaoui (Salé, Maroc)

Salima El Aissaoui est médiateure culturelle à la Fondation Nationale des Musées (Maroc), et curateure indépendante, axée sur la scène émergente de l’art contemporain marocain et non-occidental. Actuellement en première année de doctorat, elle mène une recherche dans le domaine du comparatisme, étudiant les usages de la littérature dans l’art contemporain.

→ Salima El Aissaoui’s Instagram

Nana Ocran (London, UK)

Nana Ocran is a London-based writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in contemporary African trends. She was Editor-in- Chief for the Time Out Group’s series of guides to Lagos and Abuja (2007-2013) and has consulted on and established publications on West African culture for the Danish Film Institute, Arts Council England, the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) and the British Council.
She was a curatorial advisor for the Afrofuture design programme at La Rinascente during Milan Design Week 2013. She has contributed articles on design and art for Design Indaba (Cape Town), Gestalten Books (Berlin) and has previously been a Pan African trends watcher for the Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG) – a think tank for Pernod-Ricard, Paris.  Nana is an associate lecturer at INSEEC. She delivers a course in UK and African trends using London and specific African cities as creative resources. She is currently leading the Peoples’ Stories project – part of the British Council’s arts programme in sub-Saharan Africa.


Marynet J. (Dakar & Strasbourg)

Marynet J est diplômée du Master « Critique et essais, écriture de l’art contemporain » de l’Université de Strasbourg et alumni de la session 1 de la RAW Académie de Dakar. En tant que critique et théoricienne de l’art elle a écrit pour Ososphère, RadaR essai-critique, Cinewax, KinAct et IAM.
Elle étudie l’imagerie allégorique mémétique sur internet et dans les réseaux urbains, les savoirs traditionnels africains, les esthétiques décoloniales, les cosmogonies virtuelles et IRL ainsi que les subjectivations computationnelles qui dessinent nos devenirs connectés. Les productions de Marynet J croisent les disciplines et les géographies pour disséquer l’imagerie de sa génération, celle des millennials.

→ www.marynetj.com


Serine Mekoun (Bruxelles, BE)

Serine Mekoun est une journaliste littéraire et entrepreneur culturel belgo-togo béninoise basée à Bruxelles. À la croisée des générations Z et Y, elle s’intéresse aux espaces de reconnexion dans un va-et-vient incessant entre culture populaire et culture savante, Europe et Afriques et à tous les espaces de germination des futurs.


Mathilde Allard (Leiden & Paris)

Mathilde Allard holds a Master’s degree in Art History, with a focus on African art, from the École du Louvre in Paris (France). She is currently enrolled as a Master’s student in the Museum Studies specialisation at Leiden University (The Netherlands).
She is part of the collaborative research group “Collaboration and contestation in words: Dialogues and disputes in African social realities”, with the African Studies Centre of Leiden. She is particularly interested in the relationship between poetics, politics and ethics in the contemporary museum space.


Anaïs Gningue (Lyon, FR)

Née à Dakar, elle s’envole pour Lyon à 17 ans dans le cadre de ses études en anthropologie et journalisme. Passionnée de culture(s) et d’enjeux sociaux, elle est sensible à la compréhension de l’Autre. Ses origines plurielles lui ont fait connaître très tôt la diversité. La pluralité et les nuances de chaque sujet lui tiennent donc à cœur. Entrepreneuriat africain, transhumanisme, monde arabe, albinisme… elle est dotée d’une curiosité sans limite. Sa plume est passée chez Modzik à Paris, Le Petit Bulletin et Sottises Magazine à Lyon.

→ anaisgningue.wordpress.com


Valerie Behiery (Canada)

Valerie Behiery writes about the aesthetics and cultural politics of art and visual culture from or relating to the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on women, plural identity and cross-cultural translation.
Having a Ph.D. in art history, she has taught at several universities, done consultancy work for galleries and museums, and presented papers at international conferences. Her writing has appeared in art catalogues, reference works, peer-reviewed journals and art magazines, including Nafas, Islamic Arts Magazine and M: The Magazine of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


Nkgopoleng Moloi Biog (Johannesburg, ZAF)

Nkgopoleng Moloi is a Johannesburg-based writer and photographer with a specific interest in the spaces we occupy and navigate, and how this influences the people we become.
Writing is a tool she uses to understand the world around her and to explore the things she is excited and intrigued by; particularly history, art, language and architecture. She is fascinated by cities, their complexities and their potential.

→ Nkgopoleng Moloi’s Mail&Guardian articles


Chiedza Pasipanodya (Toronto, CAN)

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chiedza Pasipanodya is based in Toronto, Canada. As a practicing artist, curator, and writer, and with a decade of work in community building, Chiedza is committed to creating spaces for those on the peripheries and engaging with themes of liberation, legacy, unearthing, and the in-between. She holds a BFA with honors, in Criticism and Curatorial Practices from OCAD University. Her thesis research is titled New Perspectives on Black Women Artists in Canada Participating in the Arts for The Long Term. Chiedza is currently a member of the Public Programming and Learning team for the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art opening September 21, 2019.

→ Chiedza Pasipanodya’s website

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The Biennale de Lubumbashi opened its doors on October 24th in the garden of Picha art center with a press conference that attracted both national and international press as well as many professionals and students from neighboring schools. Artistic Director Sandrine Colard introduced the concept of the Biennale entitled Future Genealogies, Tales from the Equatorial Line. This ambitious event aims to be a think tank on post-colonial, migratory and ecological issues on the African continent and beyond. The history of the Biennale was introduced by Sammy Baloji and Rosa Spaviliero, founding members of Picha, one of the main centers of contemporary creation of Lubumbashi carrying the Biennale for more than 10 years The press conference also allowed journalists and professional guests to discover the work of the artists who participated in the second Atelier Picha, under the artistic direction of Lucrezia Cippitelli.
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#BiennaledeLubumbashi #FutureGenealogiesTalesfromtheEquatorialLine
#PichaArtCenter #SandrineColard #SammyBaloji #RosaSpaviliero #Picha #CentersofContemporaryCreation #Lubumbashi #AteliersPicha #contemporaryart #ContemporaryArt #Africa #CongoRdc #internationalartfair #exhibition #mediapartner #biennaledelubumbashi_TheArtMomentum
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#ArtFairSeason #BiennaledeLubumbashi #Congo
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The opening of the 6th edition of the Biennale de Lubumbashi was a big succes! With more than 40 national and international artists, 9 exhibition venues, 3 forum days and a performance and film programme, the Biennale de Lubumbashi establishes itself as one of the most prominent artistic events on the African continent.
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#BiennaledeLubumbashi #FutureGenealogiesTalesfromtheEquatorialLine
#PichaArtCenter #SandrineColard #SammyBaloji #RosaSpaviliero #Picha #LucreziaCippitelli #CentersofContemporaryCreation #Lubumbashi #AteliersPicha #contemporaryart #ContemporaryArt #Africa #CongoRdc #internationalartfair #exhibition #mediapartner #ArtEvent #InAfrica #biennaledelubumbashi_TheArtMomentum
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The opening of the 6th edition of the Biennale de Lubumbashi was a big succes! With more than 40 national and international artists, 9 exhibition venues, 3 forum days and a performance and film programme, the Biennale de Lubumbashi establishes itself as one of the most prominent artistic events on the African continent.
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#BiennaledeLubumbashi #FutureGenealogiesTalesfromtheEquatorialLine
#PichaArtCenter #SandrineColard #SammyBaloji #RosaSpaviliero #Picha #GabrieleSalmi #CentersofContemporaryCreation #Lubumbashi #AteliersPicha #contemporaryart #ContemporaryArt #Africa #CongoRdc #internationalartfair #exhibition #mediapartner #ArtEvent #Africa #biennaledelubumbashi_TheArtMomentum
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  • "Water Work" by @ecaeps as part of the Performance programme curated by @wuraogunji at @artxlagos . Exploring the notion of women's labour in the particular societal context of Nigeria. 
#performanceartist #performanceart #contemporaryart #nigeria #lagos
  • New beautiful and delicate work by @ngozischommers and @arthousecontemporary at @artxlagos 
Image: Something White, Something Gold, 2019. 
#contemporaryart #art #nigeria #lagos
  • During @artxlagos opening tonight: ,@henri_abraham_univers la back in Town with new works! 
@artxlagos #contemporaryart 
#art #artist #lagos #nigeria

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