Culture Art Society (CAS) is an interdisciplinary research platform that intersects critical studies and art theory to research the cultal economy of African archives. Since their founding in 2013, their multidisciplinary approach has drawn on combining literature, the moving image and visual arts – all practices which they deem archival – to form a critical curatorial praxis called memory work.
At the core of the CAS platform is a commitment to working with and highlighting the wide-ranging intellectual and artistic labour of African thinkers. Moreover, initiating the means through which critical arts education as well as cultural activism is made accessible.
Their wide-ranging work explores contemporary visual culture, Blackness, radical resistance, and developing new methodologies for working with archives to affect and re-inform engagements with contemporary relations.
Culture Art Society (CAS) are in residence at Metroland Studios in Kilburn Square between January–September 2021.
Metroland Studios is a new site for research, experimentation and production for art and artists. The studios are run by Metroland Cultures, a charity that was formed to produce and present the Brent 2020 Biennial programme, and to support culture, creativity and youth development in Brent into the future.
Culture Art Society (CAS) was founded by Awa Konaté.
Awa Konaté is a London and Copenhagen based Danish-Ivorian writer and curator. She has published in Third Text, Paletten Art Journal, Widewalls Magazine, The Nordic Africa Institute, amongst others.