On Saturday 27 January 2018, Kunsthal KAdE organizes a symposium as part of the exhibition Tell Freedom, 15 South African artists. In the symposium, themes related to the exhibition will be discussed. The programme includes a keynote lecture about the perception of visual art from Africa in Europe, a number of short presentations by the artists about their work and a panel discussion about processes of decolonization and the role of the art world in these processes. With among others Pauline Burmann, Imara Limon, Mitchell Esajas, the artists and the guest curators. Participation in the symposium is free of costs for visitors to the exhibition, advance registration via boekingen@kunsthalkade.nl is appreciated.
Language: English

12:30 - 13:00 Welcome
13:00 - 13:10 Word of welcome by Manon Braat, guest curator
13:10 - 13:45 Keynote by Pauline Burmann
13:45 - 14:15 Keynote by Mitchell Esajas
14:15 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 15:15 Brief presentations by the artists of MADEYOULOOK, Lerato Shadi and Ashley Walters
15:15 - 16:00 Panel discussion about processes of decolonisation and the role of the art world within these processes
16:00 - 16:15 Conclusion by moderator Imara Limon

Imara Limon is curator at the Amsterdam Museum. She worked on the exhibitions Black Amsterdam (2016) and Black & Revolutionary (2017) of The Black Archives, and developed the New Narratives programme in which guest museum guides look at museum collections from various perspectives. Limon is an advisor to the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, board member of Kunsten '92, and the winner of the Museum Talent Award 2017.

Pauline Burmann works as an independent researcher, advisor and curator in contemporary African art and theory. She studied art history at the VU University of Amsterdam and African art history at the SOAS in London. She teaches art history of contemporary African art and theory in various countries, such as Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Sudan. In the Netherlands Burmann is chairman of the board of the Thami Mnyele Foundation, an artist residency for artists from Africa.

Mitchell Esajas studied business administration and anthropology. He is chairman and co-founder of the New Urban Collective, a network for students and young professionals from various cultural backgrounds. From his position at NUC he is involved in initiatives that contribute to the decolonization of education, diversity and inclusion in the labor market and the setting up of The Black Archives.