The Radical Solidarity Summit

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The Radical Solidarity Summit takes place from 14 to 18 September 2020.
The Radical Solidarity Summit takes place from 14 to 18 September 2020.
  • The summit is hosted by Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
  • It is aimed at encouraging radical solidarity in the cultural landscape. 
  • Tickets for the summit costs R85 for African guests and R150 for international guests. 


Hosted by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), The Radical Solidarity Summit is a week-long gathering aimed at exploring what acts of radical solidarity could reap in cultural fields. 

Speaking about the summit Zeitz MOCAA’S executive director and chief curator Koyo Kouoh said: 
We are reeling from the effects of a pandemic while witnessing the impact of systemic inequalities. We saw the urgency for this initiative, to debate about mutual support as we collectively navigate unsettling times. We are committed to interdependency and know that it is necessary as individuals and organisations to engage and establish tangible and operational alliances, engagements, functional families, expressions and platforms to address ongoing issues and to forge a way forward.

Taken from a range of disciplines including political sciences, film, visual arts, literature and philosophy, the event will see contributions from artists, curators, activists, writers and educators who are passionate about mutual support in the arts from Africa and its diaspora. These practitioners include, but are not limited to; Haroon Gunn-Salie, Awa Konaté, Mpho Matsipa, Achille Mbembe, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Bonaventure Ndikung, Rémy Ngamije, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Emeka Okereke, Bukola Oyebode and Zahia Rahmani. 

Each day of the online event will explore solidarity through the following different themes: 
  • The historical legacies of resistance and struggle for black liberation through the Pan-African solidarity
  • The development of robust publication cultures spanning print and online platforms
  • Practices of collaborations and collectivity
  • How space, urbanism and mobility impact on imaginations
  • A review of radical artistic and theoretical practices in relation to solidarity
In addition to discursive talks the conference will include performances, film screenings, readings and a social media take over. For the duration of the conference, an experimental contemporary art incubator by the name blaxTARLINES KUMASI, from Kumasi in Ghana, will take over Zeitz MOCAA’s Instagram account. 

The Radical Solidarity Summit takes place from 14 to 18 September 2020. Tickets cost R85 for African guests and R150 (USD $8.9) for international guests and are available through Webtickets. For more information visit zeitzmocaa.museum/