Chikukwa has been chief curator at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe since 2010. Born in Zimbabwe he was first inspired to pursue a curatorial career by the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in 1997. Following work on numerous exhibition projects he was being awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British government in 2006-2007. He holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University London.
Chikukwa was the founding curator of the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and curated the Zimbabwe Pavilions since in 2011. Furthermore he has participated in a number of international conferences on contemporary art, including the Tate Modern symposium ‘Curating Africa’ (UK, 2010), KLA ART 012 (Uganda, 2012), the 1st World Biennial Forum (Korea, 2012), ARCOmadrid (Spain, 2013), and the ICI Curatorial Intensive (Ethiopia, 2014). In 2013 he was the founding coordinator of the 1st Zimbabwe Curatorial Workshop and Forum that saw regional emerging and established curators exchange experiences and views at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Most recently he was invited to serve on the selection committee of the Future Generation Art Prize 2014. Currently, he is a jury member for the Hiroshima Art Prize in Japan.
Chikukwa regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues and scholarly journals, amongst which African Identities, Art South Africa, and Savvy. His overall aim is to accord Zimbabwean contemporary art its rightful place in the world of international contemporary art.
Peters-Klaphake is a curator at Makerere Art Gallery/Institute for Heritage Conservation and Restoration and lecturer in museum studies at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala. At Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR she takes care of the collection and curates changing exhibitions. She co-curated the local section of the itinerant exhibition project ‘Visionary Africa – Art at Work’ in Kampala in 2012 and was a member of the organising team of the first Contemporary Art Festival in Kampala, KLA ART 012 in the same year. Other activities include collaboration with the ‘History In Progress Uganda’ project on the documentation of the Ham Mukasa Archives for the Endangered Archives Programme coordinated by the British Library, being a member of the curatorial team of the Photographers’ Portfolio Meetings, a master class for young photographers in different African countries, and serving as a jury member for the annual Uganda Press Photo Award. Further, Peters-Klaphake is working in a longer term research project on “African Art History and the Formation of a Modern Aesthetic. African Modernism in institutional art collections related to German collecting activities” in collaboration with the Museum of World Cultures, Frankfurt, and the Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany.
Lähnemann is curator at the Städtische Galerie Bremen. Having read art history, ethnology and Spanish language and literature at the universities of Freiburg, Madrid and Bonn, he dedicated his Ph.D. dissertation to a close study of the American-Irish artist Brian O´Doherty / Patrick Ireland and the origins of artistic institutional critique. From 2006 to 2009 Lähnemann worked as an assistant curator at Kunsthalle Bremen. Next to organizing exhibitions with new media artists Christina Kubisch, Manfred Mohr, and Norman White, he also coordinated, for the duration of the renovation of Kunsthalle Bremen, a loan exhibition, entitled ‘Noble Guests’, which sent major works from the collection to twenty-two other galleries and museums in Germany. From 2009 to 2014 Lähnemann was curator at Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, also serving as interim director in 2012. In these roles he curated exhibitions with Guy Ben-Ner, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Yunchul Kim, Hörner/Antlfinger, and Timo Toots, as well as a group show featuring laureates of the Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists.
Anna Kućma is an independent curator and arts professional based in Kampala, Uganda. She studied a MA in Cultural Policy and Management at Sheffield Hallam University and after graduating and a short stint in Krakow, Poland, where she worked for the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, she moved to Uganda in 2011. In 2012 she worked at the National Art Gallery in Nyanza, Rwanda as an assistant curator to Lia Gieling and since 2013 she has been collaborating with Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala where she has curated and co-curated several exhibitions and serves as an assistant to the curator of the gallery, Katrin Peters-Klaphake. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa. She also is the creative director of the Uganda Press Photo Award, a yearly photography competition and series of exhibitions, workshops and talks.
ALEJANDRO PERDOMO DANIELS
Alejandro Perdomo Daniels is an independent curator and author based in Germany. After studying Fine Arts in Colombia and Spain and Art History in Germany at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, he received the doctor’s degree at Ruhr University in Bochum. His dissertation comprised an investigation into the art historical and theoretical conditions for the formation of the aesthetic strategy of the appropriation. In addition to journalistic activities in the context of which he won the National Prize for Art Criticism of Colombia in 2011, he started his career in the museum field as an assistant at Kunstmuseen Krefeld. He is author at the Latin American magazine for contemporary art Artishock, and contributor to Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL – De Gruyter).