Dear readers, supporters, contributors and friends of EVC,
2022 was certainly EVC's most intensive year to date. Collaborations in the context of documenta fifteen have shaped many of our activities. Many projects were carried out, on site, but above all in cooperation: The Lectures Series, for example, was concluded with inspiring lectures in February. At the invitation of Mary Claire Kidenda, a coordination meeting took place in Nairobi in April. This finally led to the highlight of the year, the International Summer School in August with 50 participants, organised by Constanze Kirchner and Nicola Pauli.
With 100 entries, our database has now reached a critical phase this year. New ways of access are therefore necessary due to the quantity. In addition to the filters and the search function, the Lab will play an important role in the future. Here we have first, very convincing approaches. Take a look! And, please, send us your ideas and suggestions for further development!
The Expert Panel, our steering group, has further consolidated in terms of personnel. Now each country is represented by three people. It has met twice in person and five times online under the leadership of Avi Sooful. The minutes can be found on our homepage. Runette Kruger recently initiated an interesting workshop on 'funding'.
Exhibition activities have also increased in 2022, partly in reconstruction of older approaches. An interesting and exciting mix of analogue and virtual!
The series of print publications culminated this year with the public launch of our first joint book "Visual Cultures of Africa" in Nairobi. We are already looking forward to two more joint publications in 2023. (By the way, you can find the current list here).
A team of Brazilian artists and the "National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST)" have joined EVC this year. These great new members promise new and innovative impulses for the coming years. They will broaden our perspectives. A warm welcome to Brazil and to Athens. Marina Tsekou has contributed a great project in the last four weeks: Refugees see artworks from the "National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST)".
On 31 December, EVC will leave the Munich Art Academy, where it was institutionalised five years ago. It returns to the place where it all began: the UNESCO Chair for Cultural Education at the FAU (University Erlangen-Nuremberg). We are very grateful to the chair holder, Benjamin Jörissen and his team led by Tanja Klepacki to host the website from now on. We are looking forward to the cooperation. - With this change we also lose our previous webmaster Rosa Pfluger. Thank you, Rosa! We will miss you.
We thank all the people who have accompanied us and who have contributed to EVC this year! We look forward to continuing to work together in 2023, to many new and exciting experiences that will help us to understand each other better across borders. This is our contribution to the SDGs.
For a hopefully peaceful 2023, we wish you much joy, interesting encounters, enriching experiences, and personal happiness!
on behalf of the EVC team