Àsìkò 2018 Cape Verde - 13th August – 16th September 2018 - CALL FOR APPLICANTS

Deadline: May 6, 2018 Midnight GMT

After successful programmes in Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Maputo, and Addis Ababa between 2010-2017, Àsìkò 2018 will take place in the Cape Verdean city of Praia. In 1975, Praia was designated the capital of Cape Verde when the country joined Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau in attaining independence from Portuguese colonial rule. An archipelago approximately 375 miles off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde has been dubbed “a nation of emigrants” given that the country’s diaspora significantly outnumbers its local population. Historical patterns of exodus largely catalyzed by economic conditions have resulted in sizable settlement populations in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the US. Nevertheless, Praia, home to 90% of the country’s local population, stands as a dynamic and cosmopolitan city whose languages, literary traditions, music, food, architecture, religions, and social life bear traces of centuries-long European and African influences. One of Àsìkò 2018’s principal objectives is to question how histories of the slave trade and colonialism have shaped the city’s urban ethos and culture, while also exploring how the city and its contemporary art scene forge relations and dialogue across oceans and continents.

Who Can Apply?

Àsìkò is principally targeted at African artists working on the continent who may
not have had access to the education or professional opportunities that this
programme offers. However, we welcome all applications
from artists and curators from Africa and from the African diaspora.
■ Visual Artists can be working in any media – painting, sculpture, textile, ceramics,
photography, video, film and performance art,
■ Applications are open to all artists (including self-taught artists) who have been
professionally active for at least 3 years.
■ Emerging curators and writers from across Africa with at least 18 months
experienced and who would benefit from the close interaction with artists as well as
other professionals.
■ Artists and curators who have participated more than once are not eligible to
apply.
Women artists and as well as emerging curators are strongly encouraged
to apply.

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