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African Culture Fund works in a transparent and rigorous way when selecting the board of examiners.
For any call for proposals, ACF uses a specific jury that changes with each call.
The jury is made up of experienced experts mastering the African cultural and creative sector and coming from different regions of the African continent and even its diaspora. They are assigned to evaluate applications and make decisions about funds allocation.
As a matter of principle, members of examiner board do not know each other before deliberation and enjoy autonomy and independence towards the Fund and its organs.
The juries of second call for proposals # 2 Performing Arts & Visual Arts
FATMA KILANI (TUNISIA)
As a marketing teacher and researcher at IHEC Carthage (University of Carthage), Fatma Kilani is also a collector. In 2007, she founded La Boîte, an alternative, confidential art space belonging to a group of companies (Kilani Group) located in an industrial area of Tunis (La Charguia I). It is a research laboratory for the benefit of artists whose first mission is to support contemporary creation in Tunisia through the production of monographic exhibitions and their dissemination in different places and regions of Tunisia. Its second and no less important mission is to mediate these exhibitions with its target audiences, namely the employees of the Group of Companies to which she is linked, and the young students of Tunis and the regions where her action also extends.
NAKHANA DIAKITE PRATS (MALI)
Founder of the consulting firm NAKHANA-D FINE ART, Nakhana Diakite Prats is a cultural engineering consultant, art consultant and independent curator in charge of the general coordination of the Mali Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Specialized in contemporary art and African iconography, Nakhana Diakite Prats is a lecturer on subjects related to the geopolitics of art. She is currently teaching the module “International Emerging Art markets” at the Ecole des Arts et de la Culture (Paris). Honorary member of the Carrefour des Cultures africaines and member of the steering committee of the Africa World Institute, she is the author of several articles including L’Afrique, la ruée vers l’art, bubble ou boom, Learning from Timbuctu, Aux arts citoyens (KLVIN), Regards croisés de collectionneurs (Telling Africa Milan).
VIYE DIBA (SENEGAL)
Viye Diba is a contemporary Senegalese painter and art teacher. He is part of the second generation of the “School of Dakar”. He was President of the National Association of Visual Artists of Senegal (ANAPS), founding member of the biennale of Dakar, member of the scientific council of the biennial from its creation to now. He appears in several publications, books, catalogs and films, as important collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), Smithsonian Museum (Washington) …
He has participated in several biennials, including those in Dakar, Johannesburg, and was an official guest of the Kassel Documenta biennale, Havana, Cairo, etc.
He has been curator and artistic director of several projects on the continental and international level and has received several distinctions including honorary member of the National Bar of the United States, Knight of Arts and letter of the Republic of France, Knight of the National Order of Lion and Merit of Senegal, Leopold Sédar Senghor Grand Prize of the Dakar Biennial in 1998, Honorary Citizen of Prince George’s County Maryland (USA)
ANDRE LE ROUX (SOUTH AFRICA)
Andre Le Roux is a highly regarded African cultural activist, arts manager/administrator. He is presently the Managing Director of the Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) Foundation and Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs (Brand, Marketing and Communications). SAMRO Foundation is the largest private contributor to music development in the Southern African region and SAMRO is the largest music rights society on the African continent.
Serving on a number of boards on South African arts landscape and on the continent, Le Roux is recent past Chairman of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), remains a director. Up until last year served on the boards of Music in Africa (MiA), and the UNISA Music Foundation. He previously served on the boards of the Arterial Network of South Africa (Chairman), the University of Stellenbosch Music Centre, Klein Karoo Kunste Fees (Karoo National Arts Festival) Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 2009-2011 (Chairman) the South African Coalition for Cultural Diversity (Chairman), South African Music Export Council – SAMEX (Vice Chairman) and the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD).
KORKOR AMARTEIFIO (GHANA)
Korkor Amarteifio is Associate Director of the Institute for Music and Development Accra (GHANA). She began her career in the early 1970s in Montreal, Canada. Her job was to empower cultural communities to create programs, institutions, services and policies within their communities. In the early 1980s, Korkor Amarteifio made the creative industry her career of choice, creating a platform for artists from Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas to present their work to the Canadian and North American public. In 1992, she became a member of the Canada Council for the Arts. She was very active in developing policies and programs that allowed all Canadian artists, regardless of their cultural background, to have access to Council support. Back in Ghana in 1994, she was appointed Director of Programs and Operations for the newly created National Theater. In 2004, she founded the Institute for Music and Development to develop a professional music industry in Ghana and create an independent network of creative industries in Africa. She was President of Arterial Network from 2011 to 2012. Since 2014, Korkor Amarteifio has joined MASA’s International Artistic Committee (CAI) and became its president in 2016.
DORCY RUGAMBA (RWANDA)
Author, actor and director, Dorcy Rugamba is the author of Bloody Niggers, Marembo, Gamblers, Market Place and co-author of Rwanda 94. He has worked with different directors and choreographers with contrasting universes such as Cyprien Rugamba, Jacques Delcuvellerie, Peter Brook, Habib Nagmouchin, Rosa Gasquet or Milo Rau. He collaborated and shared the stage with artists from different cultures and practices such as Sotigui Kouyate, Bruce Myers, Yoshi Oida, Dennis Lavant, Rachid Djaidani or Toshi Tsuchitori.
As a director, Dorcy Rugamba founded the company Urwintore in Rwanda, with whom he directed the Peter Weiss Instruction. A piece that has been critically acclaimed and performed on major international stages in Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Belgium, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Young Vic Theater in London, Japan at Bankart Studio in Yokohama, USA at Chicago Shakespeare and Broadway Peak Performances at Kasser Theater.
Currently Dorcy shares his time between Europe where he works on various projects of theater and cinema and Rwanda where he directs the organization Rwanda Arts Initiative that he founded in 2012.
The board of examiners of the first call for proposals # 1-Visual Arts
JOSEPH GAYLARD (SOUTH AFRICA)
Joseph Gaylard works as an independent researcher, curator and writer and has just completed a major research study of the visual arts sector in South Africa on behalf of the Council for Scientific Research. He has an independent creative practice largely focused on experimental work in public space in a contemporary African context. He is a board member of the Arts and Culture Trust and the Joubert Park Project. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cape Town and an Honors BA in Art History from the same institution.
VITSHOIS M. BONDO (RD CONGO)
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo is an artist, curator, founder, executive director and artistic director of Kin ArtStudio. Born in Kinshasa (DR Congo), Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa and continued his studies at the School of Art in Strasbourg. In 2009, he worked as a researcher in Art / Science at the Van Beeldende Kunsten Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL.
He has participated in numerous collective exhibitions in the world and has exhibited in different cities and countries like Amsterdam, Germany, Austria, Belgium, New York, Milan, Johannesburg, Kampala, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Guangzhou, China, Ivory Coast, Suva, Fiji, Suriname, Cook Islands, Black tip, Cotonou, Varanasi, Warsaw, India, etc.