Awa, thank you for collaborating with us this month alongside James Barnor and Olu Michael Odukoya. Can we start by asking you what CAS do and what your mission is?
CULTURE ART SOCIETY (CAS):
Pleasure and thanks for having us! We are looking forward to this month and our 10 days. Culture Art Society (CAS) is an interdisciplinary research platform founded that intersects critical studies, and art theory to research the cultural economy of African (continental and diasporic) archives. Our multidisciplinary approach draws from and combines the moving image, visual arts, and literature- all practices which we deem archival- to form a curatorial praxis called memory work.
CAS was founded as an initiative to support wider access to archives outside of institutional spaces by employing digital platforms, such as Instagram, to host a space for the realisation of a free and open approach to arts education informed by archival engagement. Whilst challenging hierarchies of cultural canons and the Eurocentrism that institutionally for long has defined their perceptions.
We also run Echoes and Trembles our arts programme in collaboration with public platforms and institutions to highlight the wide-ranging intellectual, critical, and artistic labour of cultural workers of African descent.
Awa Konaté is a London and Copenhagen based Danish-Ivorian writer and curator. She is the founder of the interdisciplinary research platform Culture Art Society (CAS) founded in 2013 to research the cultural economy of African archives. CAS draws on multiple disciplines to form a critical curatorial practice called “memory” work integral to its programming, moreover advocacy for African cultural activism and accessibility to arts education for Black working-class people.
CLICK HERE to visit the CAS website