Creative Africa Network launches at the Joburg Art Fair 2009
An initiative of puma.creative, Creative Africa Network (CAN) is a virtual platform with global reach, connecting the creative world within and beyond the African continent, giving visibility to the talents working in contemporary art, film, architecture, design, and performing arts.
CAN is a social networking website that allows individuals and institutions to create their own profiles. It also includes a growing cultural directory featuring news of events, biennales, art and book fairs, music and film festivals, awards, reviews, calls for artists, and other opportunities, providing professional information valuable to high-profile and emerging artists and cultural liaisons.
The CAN Ambassador Initiative is a live platform that facilitates the participation of established and emerging artists, curators and arts organisations at major international art events, and provides the resources and support to enable these art-minded people to enhance their networks and develop the relationships that will further their work and the goals of their institutions. To celebrate the launch of Creative Africa Network, PUMA sponsors CAN Ambassadors at the Joburg Art Fair. The Ambassadors include: Reginald Bakwena, Pauline Burmann, Silvia Cubina, Antoni Folkers, Aleya Hamza, Goddy Leye, William Miko, Brooke Minto, Edit Molnár, James Muriuki, Robino Ntila, Jimmy Ogonga, Didier Schaub, Trevor Schoonmaker, Bisi Silva, Voti Thebe and Berend van der Lans.
The CAN project was developed by Dutch curator Macha Roesink, director of Museum de Paviljoens; Zimbabwean curator Raphael Chikukwa; French-Cameroonian art critic and editor Christine Eyene; and South African curator Mark Coetzee, who serves as program director for PUMAVision and chief curator of puma.creative.