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Recipient of the 2013 ICI Curatorial Fellowship

Jorge Días, Coisa, 2012, acrylic on paper mache, 70 x 70 x 70 cm, courtesy of the artist, Maputo

Posted on March 15, 2014

Kiluanji Kia Henda, Un Recuerdo Para Ti, 2009, Chromogenic prints, each 130 x 86 cm, courtesy of the artist, Luanda

ICI is pleased to announce Miguel Amado as the 2013 Curatorial Fellow
February 1 – December 15, 2013

As ICI’s 2013 Curatorial Research Fellow, curator and critic Miguel Amado will develop and share knowledge about African contemporary art, including both North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora, in order to enhance curatorial expertise about this realm. One of his goals is to increase the awareness of such practices in transnational contemporary art platforms and circuits. His research will examine the effect of post-colonial thought on the reception of the practices of African artists in Western institutions in general and European ones in particular.

The focuses of the research are the main Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, including Angola and Mozambique. These geographical focal points are based on the fact that Portugal was the first and last colonizing European power in Africa, and these countries are currently developing the institutions and markets that constitute an art scene. This research will include trips to African cities such as Luanda (Angola) and Maputo (Mozambique), where Amado will assemble documentation about artists, exhibitions, and histories, with the goal of creating a series of reports to be disseminated through magazines and websites. The Fellow will conduct interviews with key artists and curators; create portfolios of artists; compile images of studios, schools, museums, and non-profit and commercial galleries; and write about crucial institutions and individuals. Amado will present updates on his research on ICI’s website, and will host a public program at ICI’s Curatorial Hub in New York City.