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1 / Introduction

  • Methodology

  • List of art specialists

  • Pertinent questions and terms

5 / The Top 20 African curators & The Artists they have validated

  • A list of the most high-profile African curators

  • Their motivations, core interests and key projects are detailed

  • Following this elite group, we arrive at a list of artists they have validated

  • Brutal facts about these artists

  • Insights into the validation of artists

9 / Dominant Themes

  • Graphs depict the dominant thematic clusters and show the nuanced strands under these umbrella terms

  • An analysis of what has been driving curators, artists and the role of art

  • Experts weigh in on pressing curatorial concerns

  • Substantiating our thematic graphs are a list of landmark discursive moments in the development of contemporary African art

2 / Main Findings

20 major findings from this report

6 / Curatorial Politics

  • Brutal facts about the top 20 African curators

  • Insights into what these facts reveal about the status of curating

  • Art experts share their opinions on racial, museum and gender politics in curating/exhibition practice

10 / The Other curators

  • We identify 31 active curators on the continent and track the patterns informing their work, identities

  • Brutal facts about exhibition practices in Africa

  • Experts shed light on the status of curating and developments in Joburg, Cape Town, Lagos, Accra, Marrakesh, Luanda, Kampala and Nairobi

3 / Timeline

Important benchmarks in the development of contemporary African art from 2007 to 2017 are listed

7 / The Centre of the African Art Universe

  • Plots cities/countries where exhibitions by Top 20 African curators have largely been staged

  • Analysis of brutal facts on exhibition practices in Europe & Africa

  • Expert opinion on African art’s centre; the most important cities with regards to validation of art from the African continent

11 / The African Art Ecosystem

  • Two maps are presented. First, how the African art ecosystem was structured before 2007 and, second, how it appears now, given all the developments

  • Graphic and written analysis of major developments that have shifted art ecosystem(s) in Africa, charting fields that have expanded

  • We draw conclusions about the curators' place in the ecosystem

4 / Social Political Drivers

A map charts political, social movements in Europe, US and Africa that have contributed towards heightened interest in African art 

8 / The most prized Art Platforms

  • Brutal facts on the types of art platforms (Biennales, Museums, Art Fairs, University galleries) African curators prefer

  • Identifying the most important art events with regards to African art

  • Our experts tell us what events, art platforms are most vital 

12 / Future Outlook/Focussed Insights

  • Drawing from our analysis of the data, interviews with our experts we gather recurring insights into the African contemporary Art world.

  • We list how this report should inform future behaviours

  • The areas/conditions hampering growth are detailed with recommendations

  • We identify unexploited opportunities for growth

  • We list future/current shifts in curating

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