The fourth installment of the Nka Roundtables which focuses on independent art centers in Africa will commence by August 29. Participants include the founders and directors of some of the best known and most active contemporary art centers in West, East, North and Southern Africa. The roundtable will be an opportunity to discuss, debate and examine the necessity of these centers, the challenges of establishing and operating such initiatives in Africa, the difference such programs have or can make within their local environments, opportunities of international networking, questions of sustainability and funding, the place of contemporary art in their locales, global pressures and opportunities, art and national identity, and relationship between such initiatives and local art industries/markets.

Moderator: Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University


  • Marilyn Douala-Bell, Doual’Art, Douala
  • Bassam El Baroni, Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum
  • Mia Jankowicz, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo
  • Abdellah Karroum, L’Appartement 22, Rabat
  • Koyo Kouoh, Raw Materials Company, Dakar
  • Moataz Nasr, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture , Cairo
  • Gabi Ngcobo, Centre for Historical Re-enactments, Jo’burg
  • Jimmy Ogonga, Centre for Contemporary Art of E. Africa, Nairobi
  • Bisi Silva, Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos