The International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC) will take place from 11 – 13 of September 2017 in Harare at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. This will be a platform to reimagine the future of contemporary art, heritage and cultural institutions engaging with or on the continent.
ICAC 2017 will be made up of 4 major elements:
-Visit to Great Zimbabwe (optional trip on the 14th of September 2017)
The conference will be central to ICAC. The theme of the 2017 conference is thus, Mapping the Future. It will captivate many international and local delegates in order to map the future of art, culture and heritage from Africa. It will provide various players with an opportunity to interrogate the future of art institutions in the face of the current socio-economic challenges. Today the situation has changed and the challenges that were there in the sixties, seventies and eighties are not the same today. ICAC comes at a time when art institutions around the world need urgent attention from both the local authorities, corporations and their governments.
The exhibition program set to run alongside the conference will showcase distinguished artists, both living and late from all over the continent. It will highlight pivotal African narratives while exploring African and Western meeting points against a background of contemporary concerns.
The fourth element is the staging of inaugural art week designed to offer the mushrooming art spaces of Harare an opportunity to celebrate with us and showcase their work. This will promote Zimbabwe’s most contemporary and cutting edge galleries, collectives, craft centres and art related organisations all around Harare.
Visit to Great Zimbabwe
The third element will be an optional visit to Great Zimbabwe (one of the greatest symbols of African Civilisation) where a tour will stimulate interesting discussions. The whole aim of the tour will be reinforce our own narrative, and the historical contributions African societies have given to the world.