Call for submissions:

We're thrilled to announce that we're currently working on a publication for Our Teaching Takes Shape As We Go.

Developed on the basis of the project's strands, this publication will consist of four main sections including contributions from artists, curators, writers and researchers. The publication would serve as a space to exchange and (re)-imagine around critical artistic education in Africa and its global diaspora, and become a tool for developing and speculating on future methodologies.

In an attempt to widen the circle of discussion, we are inviting proposals for new or unpublished contributions such as essays (2,000-2,500 words, including experimental writing), photographic works, poems, and/or other preferred formats; with a focus on the subject matter.

Should you be interested in joining the conversation, please submit to ottsawego@gmail.com a pitch/outline of your idea either in writing or as a short audio and/or video presentation (up to 5 minutes) by Thursday 13th January, midnight (GMT).

When sending your submission, please indicate in the email heading the following : OTTSAWEGO call for submissions, followed by your name.

For any inquiries, please contact us at ottsawego@gmail.com


About Our Teaching Takes Shape As We Go

Under Africa/UK: Transforming Art Ecologies, funded by Ambitions for Excellence by Arts Council England, curators Cindy Sissokho and Soukaina Aboulaoula have developed a new project titled Our Teaching Takes Shape As We Go. As an attempt to explore the current collective efforts and questions of critical artistic education on the African continent, this project is unfolding over three main chapters: a 10-day laboratory in Tahannaout which took place from 7-17 November 2021, an artistic fellowship in the UK in collaboration with Eastside Projects, and a collaboration with Archive Kabinet and AWU Radio Dakar.

This project will result in a publication available both in print and digital formats.

Our Teaching Takes Shape As We Go is a project born from the curators' shared desire to explore questions of artistic education in the African continent, and create a meeting point to exchange with other art/culture practitioners based in the continent and from the African diaspora around critical artistic pedagogy, alternative knowledge production, and the future(s) of African artistic curricula.

The title of this project is borrowed from a quote by Mohamed Melehi's response to the question: "In your opinion, how does painting contribute to the development of a national culture?" in Responses to the Souffles Artists' Questionnaire (1967). The idea behind borrowing this quote is not only to invoke the thematic of artistic education in the continent that fuels this project, but also to recall the transmission, the self-taught learning, and the collective non-conventional visual education methods employed.

With this project, we hope to find strategies to join forces with current alternative education initiatives, i.e., Raw Academy, Qayyem, Madrassa, Orbitals, and revive the questions posed by those that are no longer here, such as Àsìkò, created by the curator Bisi Silva, which was a nomadic art school run under the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA) where she was the founding director and curator. The programme redressed the 'frequently outdated or non-existent artistic and curatorial curricula at tertiary institutions across Africa'.


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