The Future of African Museums
Museum Day’s Opening Lecture
by Nana Oforiatta Ayim, ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge, Accra
16 June 2021, 9 to 10am (Pacific Time Zone / PST)
Acclaimed Ghanaian writer, filmmaker, and art historian Nana Oforiatta Ayim is the founder of the ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge through which she initiated the pioneering Pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia and Mobile Museum projects. In addition to many other groundbreaking exhibitions, she was the curator of the first Ghana Pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019.
Museum Day Roundtable
Africa-Based Agendas for Museums and Material Heritage
June 16, 2021, 10.15am to 12.15pm (PST)
Chair: Kathleen Bickford Berzock, The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
- Keller, Candace, Archive of Malian Photography
- Sakaly, Youssouf, Archive of Malian Photography
- Abiti, Adebo Nelson, Uganda National Museum
- Ndiaye, El Hadji Malick, Musée Théodore Monod d’Art Africain,IFAN Cheikh Anta Diop and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
- Tijani, Abba, Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria
- Tayiana, Chao, African Digital Heritage, Kenya
Among Africa-based museum and material heritage specialists, issues including funding, infrastructure, preservation, relevance, and training are of pressing concern. Forging sustained connections with international peer groups and networks is also of importance. This panel looks beyond debates about restitution that currently dominate African heritage dialogues in Europe and North America to address a wider slate of priorities for Africa’s museum and material heritage sectors. The roundtable will focus on initiatives and international partnerships that are led by Africa-based institutions and specialists. Presentations will highlight a range of issues, followed by moderated discussion and questions from the audience.