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Curating 2012 : 4th EDITION SAVVY JOURNAL Title: “Curating: Expectations and Challenges”


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Submission Deadline Jul 1, 2012
Categories    contemporary art   africa

Call For Papers


“Curating: Expectations and Challenges”

Contemporary African Art looks back at a vibrant history of 'presentation tactics ' and curatorial conceptualisation strategies within the different frameworks of biennials, independent projects, museum exhibitions, and even ethnographic collections. Over the last 100 years, the ways of exhibition-making changed profoundly and particularly within the field of Non-Western art one can perceive a change of parameters of curating – especially since a generation of Non-Western curators decided to take over the reins and seize the sceptre, which was until the late 80s mostly in the hands of some Western curators, the Western art market and its critique. The debate on “how, who, and where to show” has increased fiercely in the last 20 years. So we now pose the questions again in a bid to deliberate on current curatorial theories and practices in the framework of Contemporary African Art.

What are the prominent issues of display and curating that inform and condition exhibition making? Which curatorial concepts (past or current) do you consider seminal and which improvable? Where and how do artists position themselves in exhibitions authored by curators and can artistic knowledge be implemented as method of curating? What are the relations between artists, curators, public and institutions? Is there a cognizable methodology in curating Contemporary African Art exhibitions with regard to Western or Non-Western curators? How do non-governmental art project spaces on and beyond the continent influence and revolutionize the trajectories of curatorial practices? Can the curator effectively serve as broker or facilitator between art and audience?

The 4th edition of the SAVVY Journal will thus position itself as a knowledge-sharing platform, wherein ideologies and philosophies, sciences and economics, ethics and aesthetics of the curatorial practice discipline, and in general, the semantics of exhibition making will be elaborated upon. We put the finger on the pulse of time and want to explore the contemporary expectations and challenges of curating in general and Contemporary African Art in particular.

Therefore, we invite artists, curators, art historians, theoreticians and other intellectuals to submit texts, not exceeding 3500 words in length, treating the above mentioned issues.

Furthermore, we are interested in other articles such as artist-features, exhibition reviews and previews of circa 1500 words.
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Submissions to:

Deadline: 01st July 2012

• Manuscripts less than 3500 words in length, as text document without formatting
• Author's names and short biography of ca. 100 words at the end of the article
• Texts must be accompanied by five keywords
• Manuscripts must be submitted in English or German. All German texts should also be accompanied by an
English translation
• All bibliographic references must be included in the document’s last page
• VERY IMPORTANT: Do not use the footnote or endnote facility in your word-processing program; just add the
notes, numbered, at the end of the main text!
• VERY IMPORTANT: give the following infos for CAPTIONS - artist’s (or author’s) name, title of work must be in italic, date of work, media, dimensions, collection (or place of exhibition), photo credits

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