Press Release

Nneoma Angela Okorie is Second 2023 Curatorial Residency Fellowship Recipient

Mar 13, 2024
Press Release
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ARAK Collection is happy to announce Nneoma  as our second recipient of the Arak Collection Curatorial Residency Fellowship for 2023.

Nneoma Angela Okorie is a curator, writer and researcher currently based in Accra, Ghana. Her curatorial & research practice is centered around exploring new forms of displaying & debating using visual, textual, activations, audio or archival materials. She is also interested in experiences which can either be disruptive, small or profound in both public and conventional spaces that explore and investigate issues which affect our everyday lives; also connecting people to form micro-communities. She has lent herself to projects that activated public spaces in meaningful ways like The Tiwan Tiwa and the Mobile Museum projects—The Mobile Museum sought to create structures for our context, discarding pre-imposed ways of using space, while Tiwan Tiwa succeeded in reactivating historical sites, effectively utilizing public spaces as a tool to achieve set goals and objectives. In 2019, she was the Curatorial Fellow at the ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge for the first Cultural Leadership Fellowship. In 2021, she was one of The MuseumLabs Fellows for an exchange programme supporting joint learning and education concerning the future of museums in Africa and Europe. Her recent research project is focused on how a city can be archived—what was here before, what has been destroyed and what remains.

We are looking forward to working with Nneoma Angela and through her gaze and curatorial practice discover/rediscover the collection, hoping to bring to our audience in 2023 her curated exhibition and publish the respective catalogue.

About ARAK Collection Curatorial Residency Program:

The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program aims to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the extensive works part of their collection.

The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.

The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.

About ARAK Collection:

ARAK Collection is an independent, Qatari-based initiative, that aims to promote through exhibitions, publications, research and educational programs, Contemporary  African Art and Artists.

The collection is a resource for Artists, Curators and Researchers, it hosts in-house and traveling exhibitions, it also lends artwork to regional and international organizations, institutions and museums, producing print and online publications, and impactful public programs associated with the exhibitions it produces and hosts. ARAK Collection is a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on African Artists and educational programs that have an educational and developmental impact in the local community.

The collection consists of paintings, paper and prints of more than 170 young and mid-career artists of  African countries.