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The Amsterdam-based South African artist Neo Matloga is nominated for the 2019 de Volkskrant Visual Art Award. ‘For me ZAM magazine was the first magazine reflecting people of colour. (…) It connects me to my people.’ Watch the full video here. The Amsterdam-based South African artist Neo Matloga is nominated for the 2019 de Volkskrant Visual Art Award. ‘For me ZAM magazine was the first...
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On 29 March 1988 five bullets ended the life of South African liberation movement activist Dulcie September. After years in prison and decades in exile, she spearheaded anti-Apartheid efforts in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg from a small office in Paris. Why was she killed? Who profited from her murder? Why do her killers roam free? This is the first episode of the podcast series They Killed Dulcie . It's the epic story of the life and death of a struggle hero who appears to have been erased,... On 29 March 1988 five bullets ended the life of South African liberation movement activist Dulcie September. After years in prison and decades in exile,...
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Realisme, magie en fabel: de verhalen van Lesley Nneka Arimah zijn geestig en wrang, wreed en hartverscheurend. Arimah’s werk verkent de grenzen van verschillende genres en creëert zo een volstrekt eigen stem met een geheel eigen geluid. Wat het betekent wanneer er een man uit de lucht valt is het opwindende begin van de carrière van een groot schrijverstalet en behoort tot de wonderlijkste, krachtigste literatuur van dit moment. Een boek winnen? Stuur een mail voor 20 april naar... Realisme, magie en fabel: de verhalen van Lesley Nneka Arimah zijn geestig en wrang, wreed en hartverscheurend. Arimah’s werk verkent de grenzen van...
Vamba Sherif
[Dutch text below] There was a time when African intellectuals, living primarily in France, felt it was necessary to respond to the overwhelming avalanche of philosophy, history, and other systems that continued to emphasize white superiority. Led by the poets Leopold Seda Senghor, Aimé Césaire and Léon Damas, they came up with an appropriate answer: Negritude, or being black. What better way to combat racism and deep rooted convictions than by using the same means as the oppressor? "Naked woman,... [Dutch text below] There was a time when African intellectuals, living primarily in France, felt it was necessary to respond to the overwhelming...
Laurens Nijzink
Three images. That’s all I’d seen of Santu Mofokeng’s work before now. So when I rushed to FOAM, the Amsterdam based photography museum, I felt quite unprepared. What I knew was that he was a South African and that he shot in black and white. That was about it. However, the fact that Mofokeng was given a solo exhibition at FOAM raised my expectations. I joined a guided tour by curators Hilde Haest (FOAM) and Joshua Chuang (based in New York) who has lately worked closely together with Mofokeng.... Three images. That’s all I’d seen of Santu Mofokeng’s work before now. So when I rushed to FOAM, the Amsterdam based photography museum, I felt quite...
Oliver Barstow
For five years, Ben Krewinkel has been building an ever growing collection of 20th century African photobooks. The 500 to 550 titles in his possession reflect the changing visual representation of the continent. Krewinkel’s collection is visible online; he is also working on a book. At what point did you realise you were starting a collection? I’ve been collecting photobooks for a long time now. The first two photobooks in my collection were Black Child by the South African photographer Peter... For five years, Ben Krewinkel has been building an ever growing collection of 20th century African photobooks. The 500 to 550 titles in his possession...
Estácio Valoi
Withholding of promised funds left Mozambican communities to battle cyclones, floods and drought alone for years. What was once a forest in Massaca, Chimoio, now looks like an endless series of empty football fields. Cyclones are destroying hopes for harvests in Beira, Zalala and Lugela in Zambeze. In Marromeu National Reserve hungry and thirsty buffalos, hippo’s and monkeys roam over villages, eating meagre food supplies. Villagers in Massingir district in the south complain that in the past three... Withholding of promised funds left Mozambican communities to battle cyclones, floods and drought alone for years. What was once a forest in Massaca,...
ZAM Reporter
She is one of the driving forces behind the country’s and continent’s literary renaissance. “Lola Shoneyin’s light and ironic touch exposes not only the rotten innards of Baba Segi’s polygamous household in this cleverly plotted story; it also shows how women not educated or semi-literate, women in contemporary Nigeria can be as restricted, controlled and damaged by men – be they fathers, husbands, uncles, rapists – as they’ve never been”. This is what Cassava Republic, Nigeria’s leading publishing... She is one of the driving forces behind the country’s and continent’s literary renaissance. “Lola Shoneyin’s light and ironic touch exposes not only the...
Oliver
The latest issue of the Johannesburg Review of Books brings you, amongst many others: Bongani Madondo, Rustum Kozai, Lebohang Mojapelo, Troy Onyango, Victor Dlamini, Niq Mhlongo, Eben Venter, Guy Tillim and Efemia Chela. In this issue, in a world exclusive, we’re pleased to announce the longlisted stories for the 2018 Short Story Day Africa Prize. This year’s prize theme is ‘Hotel Africa’, with SSDA seeking ‘innovative short fiction set in the rooms, the passages, the bars and the lobbies of hotels... The latest issue of the Johannesburg Review of Books brings you, amongst many others: Bongani Madondo, Rustum Kozai, Lebohang Mojapelo, Troy Onyango,...
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Resolution — MA Moving Image is a two-year master programme committed to the future of the moving image. It is the sequel to current Temporary Programme Shadow Channel: Film, Design and Propaganda (2017-2019). In a period of two years, you will meet a multitude of artists, academics and activists, working at the intersection of film, music, art, video games and direct action. Previous tutors of Shadow Channel have been amongst others artists Rana Hamadeh, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Mark Leckey,... Resolution — MA Moving Image is a two-year master programme committed to the future of the moving image. It is the sequel to current Temporary Programme...
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Remember Gemfields? In 2017 we published a story by Estacio Valoi about the scandalous practices of British-Mozambican mining company MRM-Gemfields in Montepuez, Mozambique. The story later became part of a groundbreaking report by the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC) and ZAM. ‘Rapes, robberies and deportations carried out by notorious police squad to keep the rubies for MRM-Gemfields alone’, we wrote. And: ‘The ruby fields of Montepuez in Mozambique, already a terrain of terror... Remember Gemfields? In 2017 we published a story by Estacio Valoi about the scandalous practices of British-Mozambican mining company MRM-Gemfields in...
Felwine Sarr
Kirina is a poetic narrative on the genesis of a new world. Serge Aimé Coulibaly has taken metaphors for the human condition found in the mythical story of the Battle of Kirina and turned them into a choreography in which he invites us to reflect. While unfolding this story from the collective memory of West Africa, he makes us think about movements, absurdity, the feeling of abandonment, the search for meaning and the promise of new horizons. Kirina was the place where Sundiata Keita defeated the... Kirina is a poetic narrative on the genesis of a new world. Serge Aimé Coulibaly has taken metaphors for the human condition found in the mythical story...
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The Contemporary African Photography Prize is open for entries to its eighth edition. The prize is directed at photographers whose work engages with the African continent or its diaspora. The five winning entries will be showcased in a series of exhibitions produced in collaboration with major photography festivals in Africa and the rest of the world with the aim of raising the profile of African photography. The CAP Prize aims to raise the profile of African photography within the arts and to... The Contemporary African Photography Prize is open for entries to its eighth edition. The prize is directed at photographers whose work engages with the...
Ayọ̀ Adénẹ́
It was the good old days, and I was a small boy smothered by the smorgasbord of sensations symbolic of the age of wonder. Then one evening, as Mum and I sat watching Frank Olize's Newsline on NTA, his guest spoke about herbs, and said she had found we could even drink our own urine, because it contains vital natural ingredients for our immunity. And, to prove her point, she had a bottle of her own urine, and there on live TV, she took a sip. "Ewww!" Mummy said. I just opened my eyes like an... It was the good old days, and I was a small boy smothered by the smorgasbord of sensations symbolic of the age of wonder. Then one evening, as Mum and I...
Oluwatosin Adeshokan
72 hours non-stop shifts, no breaks, no equipment, no salaries. The Nigerian government fails to provide proper services. The country’s doctors seek jobs abroad. One night -he doesn’t remember the exact date- in June 2017 at the Lagos University Teaching hospital in Nigeria’s capital city, three of eight pre-term babies died in the ward where Mohamed Gafar, 26, was the ward doctor. He, an intern still waiting for his permanent license, was the only doctor on duty that night and was just reaching... 72 hours non-stop shifts, no breaks, no equipment, no salaries. The Nigerian government fails to provide proper services. The country’s doctors seek jobs...
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What would a borderless world look like? It sounds like utopia but in his essay, South Africa-based Cameroonian thinker Achille Mbeme makes the realities of borders, restrictions and the right to move denied to most people in the world look far more surreal than the alternative. Mbembe identifies three freedoms in liberal thinking: freedom of movement, freedom of capital and freedom of services. Where are the people, he asks. People on the move are seen as a threat to order. The paradox of a... What would a borderless world look like? It sounds like utopia but in his essay, South Africa-based Cameroonian thinker Achille Mbeme makes the realities...
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We are shocked by the assassination of our Ghanaian colleague and investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale. Suale was murdered on Wednesday 16 January, 2019 in Madina, Ghana. He was part of the Tiger Eye and the African Investigative Publishing Collective, both partner organisations of ZAM. He contributed immensely to efforts to sanitise governance in Ghana through his work that has exposed corruption, wrongdoing, conflict of interest, waste, maladministration and outright thievery in this West... We are shocked by the assassination of our Ghanaian colleague and investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale. Suale was murdered on Wednesday 16...
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On Monday 17 December, 2018, our colleague Estacio Valoi and his team were arrested by the Mozambican army. When investigative journalist Estacio Valoi, known for his reports on plunder of natural resources in northern Mozambique, went to report on the situation in conflict-ridden and desperately poor Chitolo village, he and his team found the road blocked by soldiers upon their return. What followed was a day and night of terror for the team of three -with Valoi were USA-based lecturer and Amnesty... On Monday 17 December, 2018, our colleague Estacio Valoi and his team were arrested by the Mozambican army. When investigative journalist Estacio Valoi,...
Oliver Barstow
T-shirts, donated by international do-gooders, feature in Roxo’s exhibitions The Hands that Feed You and Objects in Transit . How do the t-shirts illustrate the relationship between Africa and countries with 'interests' in Africa that your work interrogates? The t-shirts are sourced and selected from ‘informal’ markets in Maputo. Locally, the t-shirts are called 'Calamidades' — directly translated from Portuguese as ‘Calamities’ given that they have come to represent the humanitarian aid agencies... T-shirts, donated by international do-gooders, feature in Roxo’s exhibitions The Hands that Feed You and Objects in Transit . How do the t-shirts...
Ayọ̀ Adénẹ́
The first time I questioned gender norms, was watching Dame Julie Andrews as she switched roles in 'Victor, Victoria'. I must have been about 8 years old, and more than the movie itself, what I remember was having my heart in my mouth, and hoping, for her sake, she wouldn’t get found out. Today feminism is in its fourth global wave, and its #metoo iteration is the most powerful social agenda of our time. Its leading voices in the West have won landmark victories against sexual harassment and... The first time I questioned gender norms, was watching Dame Julie Andrews as she switched roles in 'Victor, Victoria'. I must have been about 8 years...