NYU Professor of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts and Africana Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis.
Awam Amkpa is a dramatist, documentary filmmaker and a scholar of cultural practices such as visual and the performing arts. He is co-founder and co-curator of the annual Real Life Pan-African Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Ghana – a festival dedicated to African and African Diasporic filmmaking.
He is also a facilitator of projects teaching West African High school students photography and documentary filmmaking skills. His documentary films include Winds Against Our Souls (on Black Youths in England), It’s All About Downtown (on youths in Jamaica), The Other Day We Went to the Movies (on film audiences in West Africa), A Very Very Short Story of Nollywood (on the new Nigerian film industry) and feature-Wazobia!. He is the author ofTheatre and Postcolonial Desires(Routledge) sand several articles on Black Atlantic and Postcolonial theatre and film.
In addition to curating plays, films and highlife music festivals in Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, Awam Amkpa has curated photography exhibitions in New York, Lisboa, Florence and Rome, Beijing, Lagos, Dakar and Accra.
Madala Hilaire’s most recent projects include
Associate Curator for the photography
exhibitions Africa: See You, See Me and AfroEuropa: Incontri,
a photography exhibition that focuses on African migrations and immigrations in Europe. Madala is currently pursuing a
Master’s Degree at New York University with an
interdisciplinary focus on transcultural constructions
of self-hood and its influence on curatorial practice in
exhibiting afro diasporic photography.
She has curated exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture (New York, NY),
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (Brooklyn, NY), Museu da Cidade (Lisbon, Portugual),
Fondazione Studio Marangoni (Florence, Italy),
Li Space (Beijing, China), Officine Fotografiche (Rome, Italy),and Nike Centre for Art and Culture (Lagos, Nigeria) among others.
In addition to curating and exhibition design, Madala
is also a producer and script supervisor of feature film projects.
Aderemi Adegbite is a photojournalist and documentary photographer, video artist and aspiring curator. Aderemi’s photographic and video works have been widely exhibited in Nigeria, Egypt, Amsterdam, and London at the Slade Centre for Electronic Media and Bolivia. His photo “N65” won the Emerging Human Rights Activists category – World Youth Movement for Democracy 2012 Photo Contest. He has been commissioned for photo projects by various organizations and his photography published widely in newspapers and magazines.
As the curator of P.A.G.E.S., a confluence of literature, art and photography created for CCA, Lagos, Aderemi collaborated with the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), headed by Bisi Silva. He curated his solo exhibition – “N65” – a social and documentary photographic exhibition on the Fuel Subsidy removal in Nigeria, 2012 at the Goethe Institut, Nigeria and Goethe Institut, Senegal respectively. Aderemi has certificates in Business Managements and Media & Communications.