Bringing Context Back to the Debate: Museums in the Global South and the Challenges of an All-encompassing Agenda

14 July 2022

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Thursday 28 July 2022, 16:00 hrs CEST.
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Bringing Context Back to the Debate: Museums in the Global South and the Challenges of an All-encompassing Agenda

Much has been discussed on the redefinition of the role of museums in the 21st century. Topics such as decolonization, restitution, sustainability, climate change, social justice, and others, are among the most important debates in the global agenda of art museums today. Yet, if these discussions are indisputably necessary, there is a growing need to contextually think upon the terms and conditions behind this agenda-setting. Taking into consideration previous CIMAM Annual Conferences and the different challenges faced by art museums located outside the Euro-American axis, this Rapid Response webinar seeks to foster a contextualized discussion on the role of so-called peripheral museums in this scenario. What are the contributions of South Asian, African, or Latin American collections for the debates on decolonization/restitution? How to think about the sustainability of local museums and their holdings in face of inconsistent funding and investments? What is their significance to new art histories? Which horizons of cooperation can be set for research and curatorial knowledge being fostered in and around the Global South?


  • Caroll Yasky, Curator and Head of Collection at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago, Chile.
  • Ana Maria Maia, Curator, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Malick Ndiaye, Curator, Théodore Monod Museum of African Art, Dakar, Senegal
  • Ann-Sofi Noring from the CIMAM Board, Museum Advisor, former Vice Director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Moderated by Sabrina Moura, Curator and Researcher, Vasto/ University of Campinas, Brazil


CIMAM 2022 Rapid Response Webinars are made possible with the support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise initiative.


  • Caroll Yasky

Art historian from the Universidad de Chile with a Master's degree in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, London. She is curator and coordinator of the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende’s Collection since 2013. She has worked in art museums in Santiago since 1999 when she joined the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de la Universidad de Chile where she served as Communications Officer (1999-2005), Publications Editor (2006-2007) and Head of Collection (2007-2013).

At the MSSA her work crosses research, management and curatorial practices on the collection and its peculiar history of conformation. Her latest projects have been the annual exhibitions of the MSSA Collection: ROJO (co-curated with Daniela Berger, 2021-2020), Debut, 43 works meet its Collection co-curated with the Archive area, 2018) and Utopia and Crisis (2017). She also coordinates conservation and restoration projects for its modern and contemporary international collection such as the Stella Project (2019-2022), for Frank Stella’s Isfahan III (Funded by Getty Foundation's Conserving Canvas initiative); and institutional publications such as "Catalogue Raisonné Museo Internacional de la Resistencia Salvador Allende (1975-1990)", about the museum and the donated artworks during the exile period, edited in 2016 and soon to be printed in its bilingual edition in the coming months.

  • Ana Maria Maia

Ana Maria Maia (born 1984) is a researcher, curator and professor of contemporary art. He holds a PhD in arts from the University of São Paulo (USP). She is the organizer of the book Flávio de Carvalho (Azougue, 2014) and author of Arte-vehicle: intervening in the Brazilian mass media (Circuito e Aplicação, 2015), result of the Funarte Scholarship for Artistic Criticism. Since 2019, she has been curator of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo.

  • Malick Ndiaye

El Hadji Malick NDIAYE is a doctor in Art History from the University of Rennes II and a museum professional, graduate of the Institut National du Patrimoine (Paris). A former scholarship holder at the National Institute of Art History and a former post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Excellence for Creation, Arts and Heritage (Labex CAP) and the Center for Research on Arts and Language (EHESS/CNRS), he is currently a researcher at IFAN/Ch. A. Diop, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors, President of the Scientific Commission, Head of the Department of Museums and Curator of the Théodore Monod Museum of African Art. He is also Secretary General of ICOM/Senegal (International Council of Museum) and a former member of the board of the Art Council of African Studies Association (ACASA). He is the Artistic Director of the 14th edition of the Biennale of Contemporary African Art (2022). He is also co-curator of the exhibition Picasso à Dakar, 1972-2022 (Museum of Black Civilizations, April-June 2022). A museologist and curator, he teaches art history, museums and cultural heritage. He collaborates with several journals, participates in various international scientific research groups and is involved in a number of museological projects. His publications focus on modern/contemporary art and global history, cultural policies and African museum institutions.

  • Ann-Sofi Noring

Ann-Sofi Noring began working in Moderna Museet as Chief Curator in 2001 and since 2006 also as Deputy Director and later Co-Director. Sharing the leadership with Director Daniel Birnbaum until 2018 and then, Interim Director for almost a year. She has curated several major exhibitions at Moderna Museet, including Ed Ruscha, Karin Mamma Andersson, Andrea Zittel, Eva Löfdahl, Gabriel Orozco as well as thematic shows such as “After Babel” and has edited and contributed to numerous catalogues. Over the years at the museum, Ann-Sofi Noring has served as commissioner for the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and she has also overseen the national representation in the biennales in Sao Paulo and Sydney.

Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Academy of Art since 2018. Chairman of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee with the International Program for Visual and Applied Arts since 2018.

During the fall of 2020, working for the re-opening of Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art. Board member of several art museums, board member of CIMAM since 2017.

  • Sabrina Moura

Sabrina Moura is a teacher, researcher and curator based in Brazil. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Campinas, during which she served as a visiting researcher at the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University, with a grant from the Getty Foundation (2016). Moura conceived and organized seminars and public programs presented by a number of institutions, including: Videobrasil, SESC-SP, Goethe Institut, World Biennial Forum, Museu Afro Brasil, among others.In 2019, she was awarded a visual arts prize from the Cultural Action Program of the São Paulo State (PROAC) for the exhibition Arqueologia da Criação: Uma imersão no acervo-ateliê de Rossini Perez (Museu Lasar Segall, 2021). She is currently working on a long-term exhibition project on the permanent collection of the Museu Nacional da República (National Museum of the Republic, Brasília).

Thursday 28 July 2022, 16:00 hrs CEST.
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Duration: 1h and 30 minutes (45 minutes of presentations followed by another 45 minutes of Q&A).

Rapid Response Webinars are free of cost for CIMAM members.

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About CIMAM’s Rapid Response Webinars

Started in 2020, CIMAM has taken the new virtual scenario as an opportunity to launch a series of online activities exclusively for our community to, now more than ever, reinforce the sense of connectivity through online meetings in a peer to peer environment to share, learn, and be inspired by the experiences of other CIMAM professionals.

For 2022, we have prepared a series of online sessions that will take place, nearly every month of the year. The next ones are:

  • Thursday 15 September, 13:00 hrs CEST: Perspectives on Museums and Well-being.
  • Thursday 29 September, 14:00 hrs. CEST: Towards a Shared Future: Indigenous Artists + Non-Indigenous Institutions. Webinar proposed and designed by CIMAM member Georgiana Uhlyarik, Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.