Vamba Sherif
In October this year, Dutch-Liberian writer Vamba Sherif attended the 5th edition of what has become the leading literary festival in the country. “The future of Africa lies in its writers.” Monday I am at Schiphol, on my way to Accra, Ghana, to attend the Pa Gya! Literary Festival. The festival is in its fifth year, and this is my first time visiting it. Attending this year’s edition are more than a hundred writers from all over Africa and the diaspora, including Nigerian critic and writer Molara... In October this year, Dutch-Liberian writer Vamba Sherif attended the 5th edition of what has become the leading literary festival in the country. “The...
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A Century of Black Figuration in Painting brings together artworks from the last 100 years in a dialogue between artists and thinkers around the world. With a focus on painting, the exhibition celebrates the myriad ways in which artists from Africa and its diaspora have imagined, positioned, memorialised and asserted African and African-descent experiences. It contributes to the critical discourse on African and Black liberation, intellectual and philosophical movements. The title of the exhibition... A Century of Black Figuration in Painting brings together artworks from the last 100 years in a dialogue between artists and thinkers around the world....
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Collaboration between artists and local communities in Africa can help initiate a grassroots transition to a more equitable society, case studies show. "Artists in African countries are increasingly organizing themselves into collectives," says Molemo Moiloa in a video interview from Berlin, where she’s in residency until March 2023 as a follow-up to Documenta, the five-year international art arena. "This makes it easier to connect with people in the community and to take action." At Documenta her... Collaboration between artists and local communities in Africa can help initiate a grassroots transition to a more equitable society, case studies show....
Carol Kagezi
The Uganda Press Photo Award shines a light on the thrills and fears of our new realities. The digital era proposes that in order to live a productive life, you must first cater to your mental, physical and spiritual well-being. But what happens when this is not an option for you, your neighbour, and your neighbour’s neighbour? The images featured in this exhibition weave a story of change and the (im)possibilities that result from a time when we can only speak of our dreams of productivity. The... The Uganda Press Photo Award shines a light on the thrills and fears of our new realities. The digital era proposes that in order to live a productive...
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R!ot by Design, Sindiso Nyoni’s first solo exhibition, opens in Amsterdam. Hundreds of visitors attending the first shows of the annual Afrovibes Festival in Amsterdam were granted an exclusive preview of this hotly-anticipated exhibition. The opening, which followed the next day, was very well attended and many more people have passed through the doors since. On Thursday 13 October the exhibition moved to its next location at the festival’s second venue, De Balie. R!ot by Design at De Balie.... R!ot by Design, Sindiso Nyoni’s first solo exhibition, opens in Amsterdam. Hundreds of visitors attending the first shows of the annual Afrovibes...
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What a touching gesture! Visual artist patricia kaersenhout (1966, born in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents) has created a work of art especially for ZAM. Ode to Winnie, A Portrait of Love and Revolution is printed in an edition of 60 signed and numbered copies. All proceeds from sales will go to support ZAM's efforts to bring the urgent and inspiring stories of African creatives and changemakers to the attention of international audiences. This is how ZAM builds a world beyond us-and-them.... What a touching gesture! Visual artist patricia kaersenhout (1966, born in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents) has created a work of art especially...
Welcome Mandla Lishivha
Growing up poor and queer, and loved, in a South African township. The memoir Boy on the Run by Welcome Mandla Lishivha is “destined to be a classic”, says acclaimed South African author Mark Gevisser. ‘It’s tough and fragile, tragic and resilient, and utterly compelling. Welcome Lishivha has broken new ground in South African literature.’ South Africa’s cultural wires are abuzz about Lishivha’s debut. Readers have found themselves moved by lyrical lines like: ‘It is the godly feeling of dancing... Growing up poor and queer, and loved, in a South African township. The memoir Boy on the Run by Welcome Mandla Lishivha is “destined to be a classic”,...
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A new exhibition with the works of Mohau Modisakeng, Ishmael Armarh and Kwadwo Amfo opened last week at Gallery Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. Ishmael Armarh's (Ghana, 1986) exhibition Possibilities shows us a series of paintings about the constant dialogue between the Western gaze and the heterogeneous African identity. It is the result of a collaboration with the Noldor Residency, Ghana’s first independent artist residency and fellowship program for contemporary African artists on the continent as well... A new exhibition with the works of Mohau Modisakeng, Ishmael Armarh and Kwadwo Amfo opened last week at Gallery Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. Ishmael Armarh's...
Tonderai Chiyindiko
Ten years after the massacre, Marikana - The Musical is once again staged in Pretoria. The production builds on a rich history of protest theatre. On the 16th August 2012, 34 striking mineworkers were killed by the South African Police Service at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, in the North West province of South Africa. Their deaths, and the events leading up to them, were broadcast live on television. This tragedy, which has come to be known as the Marikana Massacre, is the deadliest act of... Ten years after the massacre, Marikana - The Musical is once again staged in Pretoria. The production builds on a rich history of protest theatre. On the...
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In an upcoming solo exhibition, Dutch-Surinamese visual artist patricia kaersenhout (1966) continues her exciting journey into the forgotten stories of women of colour. Firstly, there is Le Retour Des Femmes Colibri, a new film featuring the histories of Josephine Baker, Suzanne Césaire, Christiane Diop, Frida Kahlo and Paulette and Jeanne Nardal. Most of these women are far from forgotten but less well remembered are their crucial roles within the Négritude movement, an important organisation of... In an upcoming solo exhibition, Dutch-Surinamese visual artist patricia kaersenhout (1966) continues her exciting journey into the forgotten stories of...
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The festival opens with JUWAA, a film by Congolese filmmaker Nganji Mutiri. Shot in Belgium and the DRC, Juwaa is a subtly powerful drama portraying African characters with a complexity rarely seen on screen. An award-winning artist born in Bukavu and currently living in Belgium, Mutiri works in theatre, film, poetry and photography and is always looking for connections and perspectives between the special and the universal. JUWAA is his first feature film as a writer and director. Each year, a... The festival opens with JUWAA, a film by Congolese filmmaker Nganji Mutiri. Shot in Belgium and the DRC, Juwaa is a subtly powerful drama portraying...
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The 19th edition of Afrovibes presents the first solo exhibition of graphic designer, artist and activist Sindiso Nyoni. His work fits perfectly into the wider festival, whose packed schedule of more than 15 theatre productions from 10 countries explores the synergy between rapture and rupture. A poster featuring South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela holding his trumpet like a weapon sets the tone for Sindiso Nyoni's exhibition Riot by Design. There is wit, but there’s also a dedication to art as... The 19th edition of Afrovibes presents the first solo exhibition of graphic designer, artist and activist Sindiso Nyoni. His work fits perfectly into the...
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Huge amounts of capital were accumulated through colonial trade. So what happened to it? How many generations of families have benefited from these terrible histories, and at the expense of what and who? Returning the Gaze is the latest site-specific performance by Amsterdam-based Sites of Memory . It's about whose voice is heard, ignored or acknowledged, whose face is seen, or erased and covered up. The dominant gaze, often white, versus the suppressed perspective from which colonial history is... Huge amounts of capital were accumulated through colonial trade. So what happened to it? How many generations of families have benefited from these...
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Senegalese film director and screenwriter Alain Gomis, Moroccan visual artist Hassan Darsi and Egyptian architectural engineer May al-Ibrashi are among the six winners of the Prince Claus Impact Awards, which were announced on Tuesday September 6 2022. Other winners include Brazilian indigenous leader, poet and writer Ailton Krenak, Cuban performing artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, and Argentinian writer, poet and activist Maria Medrano. The Awards recognise artists, creatives and inspirational... Senegalese film director and screenwriter Alain Gomis, Moroccan visual artist Hassan Darsi and Egyptian architectural engineer May al-Ibrashi are among...
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Movies that Matter’s Cinema without Borders new edition will take place from 28 November – 1 December, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. This multi-day interactive workshop programme for film festival organisers aims to strengthen new human rights film festivals and enhance the sustainability of existing festivals. In addition to connecting with like-minded festivals, sharing ideas and building new networks, participants get inspired and assisted. Deadline for applications : Sunday 11 September at midnight... Movies that Matter’s Cinema without Borders new edition will take place from 28 November – 1 December, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. This multi-day interactive...
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85 artists participate in a city-wide exhibition in Saint-Raphaël in France celebrating the 60th anniversary of Algerian independence. To celebrate the 60 years of the Evian Accords and the Independence of Algeria, eight historic buildings in the city of Saint-Raphaël, France, has been chosen by Simone Dibo-Cohen, directrice of UMAN in Nice. The city gave Dibo-Cohen carte blanche to display works by 85 artists of all ages and from all over the world, united under the theme of “Exodes”. The result... 85 artists participate in a city-wide exhibition in Saint-Raphaël in France celebrating the 60th anniversary of Algerian independence. To celebrate the...
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In his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, artist Moshekwa Langa (1975, South Africa) turns his eyes towards the county of his birth, and especially to his hometown of Bakenberg in Limpopo province, which did not appear on official maps during the apartheid era. Langa makes drawings, collages, photographs, paintings, videos and installations. His personal history is a common thread in all his work. He grew up in South Africa in the era of apartheid – the system of racial separation that... In his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, artist Moshekwa Langa (1975, South Africa) turns his eyes towards the county of his birth, and...
Alexander Tempel
As a collaboration between Afrovibes & ZAM, the upcoming Afrovibes Festival will host an exhibition with the works of artist and designer Sindiso Nyoni. Nyoni is a self-taught Zimbabwean artist who also works as a contemporary illustrator, activist, street artist, and multidisciplinary graphic designer. He has collaborated on projects that have won two Cannes Lions Awards. His work has been exhibited in the Guggenheim Bilbao, The Vitra Design Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City and... As a collaboration between Afrovibes & ZAM, the upcoming Afrovibes Festival will host an exhibition with the works of artist and designer Sindiso Nyoni....
Seth Onyango, bird story agency
Thanks to the growing economies and population of Africa, the needs of the continent's built environment are offering architects a unique opportunity to influence how the cities of the future look and feel. Here are some examples of a new wave of inspiring African architects and architecture. When Diébédo Francis Kéré was handed the Pritzker Prize on May 27, the moment was of far more significance than an African-born architect winning the world's most prestigious architecture prize for the first... Thanks to the growing economies and population of Africa, the needs of the continent's built environment are offering architects a unique opportunity to...
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Inspired by Fela Kuti, 31 artists from 11 countries explore the power of art as a transmitter for social change. ‘Our histories never unfold in isolation. We cannot truly tell what we consider to be our own histories without knowing the other stories. And often we discover that those other stories are actually our own stories.’ These words, by African-American activist and academic Angela Davis, accompany a statement by Princess Ayoola and Jana Terblanche, the curators of a new group exhibition... Inspired by Fela Kuti, 31 artists from 11 countries explore the power of art as a transmitter for social change. ‘Our histories never unfold in...
Aimie Eliot
While institutions continue to drag their feet over returning looted heritage to Africa, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are bringing art home, one digital scan at a time. Standing in front of the Benin bronzes in the British Museum room, Chidi Nwaubani uses a LIDAR scanner to scan the artefacts one by one. The scanner is an advanced scanning technology used to generate high resolution three-dimensional digital models, but Chidi is neither an archaeologist nor a restorer from the museum. Instead, the... While institutions continue to drag their feet over returning looted heritage to Africa, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are bringing art home, one digital...