The Livingstone Office for Contemporary Arts (LoCA), founded in 2014 is an artist-initiated non-profit library and research centre based in Livingstone, Zambia. LoCA functions as a collective/collaborative platform for reflections and an experimental think-tank, exploring histories (colonial histories, social and political histories and their legacies) and how they relate to language and contemporary art on both a local and an international context. LoCA strives to raise awareness, facilitate and promote Zambian contemporary art, African art history, and research.
It provides a critical discourse towards urban Zambian contemporary issues through exhibitions, workshops, research projects, artist residence and periodicals. LoCA aims to be a community-driven space where experimental practices and fresh perspectives are fostered and shared among interdisciplinary artists, curators, scholars, cultural workers and audiences in the region.
As an artist collective and independent artist-run space, LoCA has held activities since 2009. In Zambia where there are no government grants for independent initiatives and financial supports are challenging to attain, generous support and funding initiatives that generated from individual exhibitions have kept LoCA active over the years. We want to thank the following individuals and organisations who have made it possible for us to provide a solid platform for artistic experimentations to date. Milumbe Haimbe co-founder, Gabi Ngcobo co-founder, Victor Mutelekesha co-founder, N’Gone Fall, the late Okwui Enwezor, Micheal O’Donnel, Andreas Siqueland, Romeo Gongora, Thomas Benedict Holt, Marie Payen, Don Laurence, the late Bisi Silver, David Chirwa, Pablo Lafuente, Rachael Dagnall, Raphael Chikukwa, OCA, Tenthaus, Kunstforeingen, Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, Zenzele Chulu, Modzi Arts, University of Oslo, National Museum Library Oslo, Henie Onstad, Norli Book Stores, National Art Gallery Livingstone, ZNVAC