Missla Libsekal

Independent curator

Fall 2022

Missla Libsekal
  • Museums
  • Visual Arts
  • Cities
  • Washington, DC
  • New York
"The call to decolonize knowledge is an invitation to look at and see reality from multiple worlds"

I am an independent curator, writer and cultural producer based in Vancouver, Canada. My practice focuses on interdisciplinary research and artistic practice from a Pan African perspective.

A watershed moment in my journey towards art and a practice was a visit to my ancestral home of Asmara, Eritrea in 2004. Ambling along the avenues and streets of the capital city, I marveled at the Modernist architecture. I was filled with curiosity and questions, and the nagging realization that the history and knowledge of this architectural heritage were by in large limited to a few circles and locales in Eritrea and Italy and that the circulation, study and knowledge of its history was geographically limited. The questions that grew out of that experience have informed the trajectory of my practice which has and continues to focus on the circulation and transmission of knowledge, and thinking about archives – those visible, invisible, immaterial or material, and what makes a library generative.

My recent projects include Creating Art Archives (2021) and Beyond What We See. Once upon a time, once upon a future (2021), Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse. I am also the founder of Another Africa, a digital platform operating from 2010 – 2016 for writing on and about African and Afro-Diasporic experiences and imaginaries. My writings on existing and emerging lexicons in contemporary visual practice have also been published in The Africa Report, The Guardian, Art Africa, SAVVY art journal, and more.