ICI – Curatorial Intensive in Dakar

May 30 – June 5 2016

Zone B space

Closed session for selected participants only

In partnership with RAW Material Company, ICI organizes a Curatorial Intensive in Dakar. With this fourth Intensive in Africa – following past programs in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, and Marrakech – ICI maintains its commitment to supporting the development of curatorial practice and international networks in Africa. This programme was conceived in collaboration with Koyo Kouoh and will be a follow up ongoing collaborations with RAW Material Company.

The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development programme, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. In addition, the Curatorial Intensive will expose participants to the historically vibrant art scene of Dakar, a city known as one of the major sites for artistic and intellectual production in Africa. Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of international and local professionals including Nancy Adajania, Babacar Mbaye Diop, Riason Naidoo, El Hadj Malick Ndiaye, Franklin Sirmans among others.

New Space


RAW Material Company worked with young Senegalese architect, Carole Diop, on the renovation of a 1950s residential home of modernist inspiration in the historic district of Zone B in midtown Dakar. This house is our second address; an extension of the space at Sicap Amitié 2, which we are turning into residency and studio spaces for young art school graduates. The new site is dedicated to the forthcoming, RAW Academy, an experimental study program for art and curatorial practices that will launch in October 2016. It will also be the location for our continued programme of exhibitions, art and societal debate, publishing and library activities. It allows us to present more ambitious projects and engage with educational institutions in the neighbourhood. These include University Cheikh Anta Diop, School of Library Science, College of Architecture, Higher Institute of Management, British Council, and last but not least, the legendary high schools Lycée Blaise Diagne and Lycée John F. Kennedy. Both later institutions have educated multiple generations of leaders since the early 1960s. The renovation of this space is also the point of departure from which we wish to develop a debate on the politics of architecture and urban planning in African cities.

Special Programme of Events Dak’art OFF 2016


After a fruitful sabbatical year RAW Material Company is pleased to welcome you again
in its space in Sicap Amitié 2 and in its new space in Zone B. A special programme of events — residencies, workshops, exhibitions, in situ works, talks and lectures — will take place from 27th April to 5th June 2016 on the occasion of Dak’Art, the 12th edition of the Biennial of Contemporary African Art (3rd May – 2nd June 2016).


a programme of debates and lectures led by Seloua Luste Boulbina

From 3rd – 8th May 2016

Zone B space

Free and open to the public.

The production of discourse has become more of a component than a complement of artistic practice.
This serie of critical conversations is the continuation
 of a colloquium at Collège International de Philosophie, in Paris, led by philosopher and political scientist
 Seloua Luste Boulbina. Three main concerns were its starting point. First, the idea that the postcolonial is made of entre-mondes – worlds in between – rather than different worlds activated by migrations. Secondly, the idea that in these entre-mondes, artists, writers and philosophers who contribute to the different processes of decolonization of the imaginaries and logics can be seen as deterritorialized producers of meaning. Thirdly, the transition from theoretical practice to artistic practice allows a greater understanding of the decolonization of knowledge in all its complexity.

Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 4pm
Kader Attia

Addressing current events

Thursday 5th May 2016, 4pm
Julien Creuzet

Le portrait paysage

Friday May 6th, 4pm
Barthélémy Toguo
History from below

Saturday May 7th, 4pm

Jean-François Boclé

Bandung and after?

Followed by the screening of the video “Le voyage à Bandung”

Sunday 8th May 2016 4pm
Hela Ammar

Gender (in) Politics


As part of the 2nd Assembly of Arts Collaboratory. RAW MATERIAL COMPANY is pleased to invite you to the public discussion on "Common Goods: Networks and alternative models for culture". This discussion will be held Monday, April 13 at Librairie Athena from 17:30.


Responding to the context of the centenary, EVA International 2016 curated by Koyo Kouoh will be entitled Still (the) Barbarians and will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations are articulated. 

The online application process is now open and closes at noon (IST) on Monday 15 June 2015.

More informations here : http://www.eva.ie/still-the-barbarians



Blain|Southern Berlin’s current exhibition, Useful Dreams, is a comprehensive survey of the work of the Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté, one of the most eminent West African artists of his generation. Useful Dreams comprises works from the 1990s to the present, including nine new works created for this significant presentation.
The exhibition is curated by Koyo Kouoh


Organised by the Malian Ministry ofCultureand Institut français, the Bamako Encounters is the first and principal international platform dedicated to African photography on the continent. A veritable platform for discovery, exchanges and interaction, the Bamako Encounters are known as a meeting place for African photographers and other art professionals from across the world. It will take place in Bamako, from 31st October to 31st December 2015.

The Executive Director of the Bamako Encounters is Samuel Sidibe, Director of the National Museum of Mali, who has been directing it since 2009.

The Artistic Director of the 10th Bamako Encounters is Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the Director, Centre for Contemporary Art(CCA, Lagos).

The Pan-African Exhibition, resulting from a call for applications and the selection of artists representing all of the African continent and its Diaspora, is part of the Biennial’s central presentation. In 2015 the title is « TELLING TIME ».

The call for applications to the Pan-African Exhibition of the 10th edition of the Bamako Encounters is open for African photographers and video artists from 15th January to 30th March 2015.

For more details : http://www.rencontres-bamako.com