in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Curator/Programmer at SPARCK – Space for Pan_African Research, Creation and Knowledge
October 21, 6pm
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, Zurich
SPARCK – Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge – operates without a centre, physical or otherwise. It understands itself as a node in a network of likeminded practitioners stemming from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. These relationships are lateral and projects emerge through ongoing conversations. The results are collaborative experiments, rarely shown in white cube settings but rather tested in flexible approaches across multiple sites from street to studio to online. These incarnations are driven by a shared interest in tackling questions about the global urban condition. Re-readings and alternative knowledge is generated through a process of speculation. The politics intrinsic to the work and its creators do not only frame the content but, maybe more importantly, guide a practice of engagement.
Kadiatou Diallo is a Cape Town based producer/ facilitator/ practitioner with an academic background in Educational Psychology and Fine Arts. Together with Dominique Malaquais, she co-directs SPARCK – Space for Pan African Research, Creation and Knowledge. In existence since 2008, SPARCK is an independent, multi-sited platform of experimental multi-disciplinary arts collaborations, interrogations, manifestations, conversations and publications centered on speculative urban creation across the African world. Kadiatou is currently a guest curator at Atelier Mondial and Ausstellungsraum Klingental in Basel.