Evelyn Groenink
In de loopgraven van de corruptie Soms komen de dingen langs een omweg tot ons. En soms duurt het nog langer voordat we die dingen beseffen. Als B. me -we schrijven begin 2015- vanuit Nederland belt met de vraag of ik me die-en-die nog herinner uit de antiapartheidsbeweging, een Amsterdamse mede-activist, begin ik goedgeluimd met het ophalen van anekdotes, maar mijn gesprekspartner is daar niet voor in de stemming. “Hij zegt dat iemand vermoord is. Een goede vriend van hem uit Port Elizabeth.” Het... In de loopgraven van de corruptie Soms komen de dingen langs een omweg tot ons. En soms duurt het nog langer voordat we die dingen beseffen. Als B. me...
ZAM Reporter
In a quest to reposition the African continent’s brand through new visual imagery and discourse, and helped by his journalism and advertising past, Ghanaian photographer Nana Kofi Acquah will take charge of the ZAM Instagram account for a week. Kofi Acquah has worked across Africa, is a member of the Instagram feed @EverydayAfrica, an assignment photographer for Getty Images, and the first recipient of the Tim Hetherington and World Press Photo Fellowship. We have never been so excited to be pushed... In a quest to reposition the African continent’s brand through new visual imagery and discourse, and helped by his journalism and advertising past,...
Evelyn Groenink
Rebelleren met de Grondwet in de hand De tegenkrachten tegen het rijk van Jacob Zuma in Zuid-Afrika worden, getuige de demonstraties van april dit jaar en de steeds nauwere samenwerking door organisaties van de oppositie, steeds luider en talrijker. Zij worden daarbij bovendien in de rug gesteund door een wel zeer machtig wapen: de Grondwet die gelijkheid en rechtvaardigheid voor allen garandeert. In de oorlog die, a la Star Wars, nu gaande is tussen foute machthebbers en een brede alliantie van... Rebelleren met de Grondwet in de hand De tegenkrachten tegen het rijk van Jacob Zuma in Zuid-Afrika worden, getuige de demonstraties van april dit jaar...
ZAM Reporter
This month, two and a half years after Gerald Kraak's death, his novel Shadow Play will be launched in South Africa. A story of subterfuge, betrayal, risk and deep bonds of friendship formed during a time of struggle and pain in Amsterdam and London, where Kraak lived as a political exile, and by way of flashbacks in South Africa. The novel has been posthumously completed and edited by Alison Lowry. ZAM published extracts from the manuscript in October 2015 . Read more about the book on the website... This month, two and a half years after Gerald Kraak's death, his novel Shadow Play will be launched in South Africa. A story of subterfuge, betrayal,...
ZAM Reporter
25 projects engaging with the African continent or its diaspora have made it to the shortlist of this years' Contemporary African Photography Prize (CAP). The works of as many photographers from the continent or elsewhere will be judged by an internationally sourced panel. The five winners will be announced at the Image Afrique Festival in Basel, Switzerland in June 2017. In this newsletter ZAM presents twenty four pictures by photographers from Nairobi, Addis Abeba, Marrakech, Johannesburg,... 25 projects engaging with the African continent or its diaspora have made it to the shortlist of this years' Contemporary African Photography Prize...
ZAM Reporter
As in the old days of Apartheid, Nelson Mandela is still portrayed as an evil force in some Flemish circles, the writer Tom Lanoye argued is the Hugo Claus Lecture he delivered mid-March in Anvers. Lanoye presents a long list of high ranking collaborators with a system once declared a crime against humanity by the United Nations. Read a summary in Dutch here . As in the old days of Apartheid, Nelson Mandela is still portrayed as an evil force in some Flemish circles, the writer Tom Lanoye argued is the Hugo...
Evelyn Groenink
De fake strijd van de nieuwe elite Vlak voor zijn ontslag door Zuid-Afrika’s president Jacob Zuma legde voormalig minister van financiën Pravin Gordhan nog aan Evelyn Groenink uit hoe Frantz Fanon, de anti-koloniale denker, al waarschuwde tegen het populisme van de ‘kleinburgerij,’ die na het vertrek van de kolonisten de staat zou overnemen onder het roepen van slogans ‘voor het gewone volk.’ “Ze doen alsof ze de belangen van de armen vertegenwoordigen, maar ze verdedigen slechts hun eigen belang,”... De fake strijd van de nieuwe elite Vlak voor zijn ontslag door Zuid-Afrika’s president Jacob Zuma legde voormalig minister van financiën Pravin Gordhan...
Bart Luirink
The new movie about South African lawyer and leader of the Communist Party, Bram Fischer, could not have come at a better time. This Dutch-South African co-production, directed by Jean van de Velde, tells the story of a man who did not become legendary like his client, Nelson Mandela, but who was one of the key people in the fight for democracy in that country in the fifties and sixties. {youtube}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRNEaoX-SKQ {/youtube} Bram Fischer managed to reconcile his white... The new movie about South African lawyer and leader of the Communist Party, Bram Fischer, could not have come at a better time. This Dutch-South African...
Evelyn Groenink
No one would have thought that it would be Kgalema Motlanthe, -decent, non-descript, perhaps even boring, former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe-, who would issue the call to arms for South Africans to get rid of Jacob Zuma’s mafia state. But it was he who ended the speech that saw five thousand funeral mourners -from sage Muslim men in dresses and caps to African youth excitedly waving a South African Communist Party flag to white NGO types to grey anti-apartheid struggle veterans- rise... No one would have thought that it would be Kgalema Motlanthe, -decent, non-descript, perhaps even boring, former South African president Kgalema...
ZAM Reporter
On 16 March 2017, South African documentary photographer, Yasser Booley embarked on a public transport journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Booley travels with various forms of public transport such as trains, buses and taxis with the mission to capture and learn about the countries and the people who travel across the borders on a regular basis using these transports. During this travel he hopes to connect with the man in the street. The two-week journey is part of a... On 16 March 2017, South African documentary photographer, Yasser Booley embarked on a public transport journey from Cape Town, South Africa to Dar es...
ZAM Reporter
'The unveiling of Mandela Landscape hails the beginning of an exciting partnership between the Artscape Theatre Centre and ZAM Magazine towards creative excellence.' This is what Artscape's CEO Marlene le Roux writes in a 'thank you letter' to ZAM. On February 16, 2017, a lithographic print of Mandela Landscape , a piece of art created by Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn and visual artist Berend Strik in support of ZAM, found its way into the Artscape's public hall, on view for... 'The unveiling of Mandela Landscape hails the beginning of an exciting partnership between the Artscape Theatre Centre and ZAM Magazine towards creative...
Evelyn Groenink
Hoe de Zuid-Afrikaanse studentenbeweging tot zwijgen werd gebracht In februari dit jaar opent in het Rijksmuseum een tentoonstelling over vier eeuwen van relaties tussen Nederland en Zuid-Afrika. Dat land was eerst niet meer dan een ‘verversingsstation’ voor het schip van Jan van Riebeeck; later, lang nadat deze zijn haag van bittere amandelen had geplant om de ‘inboorlingen’ van zijn kolonie weg te houden, werd het officieel het land van apartheid. Nog later, tijdens en na de anti... Hoe de Zuid-Afrikaanse studentenbeweging tot zwijgen werd gebracht In februari dit jaar opent in het Rijksmuseum een tentoonstelling over vier eeuwen van...
Evelyn Groenink
Read the full article in English here . Op zoek naar het koffie-met-melk-paradijs In februari dit jaar opent in het Rijksmuseum een tentoonstelling over vier eeuwen van relaties tussen Nederland en Zuid-Afrika. Dat land was eerst niet meer dan een ‘verversingsstation’ voor het schip van Jan van Riebeeck; later, lang nadat deze zijn haag van bittere amandelen had geplant om de ‘inboorlingen’ van zijn kolonie weg te houden, werd het officieel het land van apartheid. Nog later, tijdens en na de anti... Read the full article in English here . Op zoek naar het koffie-met-melk-paradijs In februari dit jaar opent in het Rijksmuseum een tentoonstelling over...
ZAM Reporter
ZAM latest Photo Editions covers the work of Capetonian photographer Yasser Booley. This is a result of the collaboration between ZAM, the photographer, his curator Joan Legalamitlwa and Africalia . The visuals are chosen from Booley's recently published collection, South Africa at Liberty , an Africalia edition. Click here to view Photo Editions #2 with Yasser Booley. A touring exhibition presents a selection of 40 photos of Yasser Booley from the book South Africa at Liberty. Interested galleries... ZAM latest Photo Editions covers the work of Capetonian photographer Yasser Booley. This is a result of the collaboration between ZAM, the photographer,...
ZAM reporter
Anton Corbijn: "I am extremely excited that the work has found a home in Cape Town." As an expression of our appreciation for the achievements of Artscape in turning this former exclusively white bastion into a meeting place for all people, ZAM has donated a print of the artwork Mandela Landscape to the theatre. ZAM values its partnership with Artscape as a celebration of the power of arts and culture in building just and equal societies. Mandela Landscape, an art piece by photographer Anton... Anton Corbijn: "I am extremely excited that the work has found a home in Cape Town." As an expression of our appreciation for the achievements of...
ZAM Reporter and Pieter Boersma (pictures)
A visual journey by Dutch photographer Pieter Boersma Nowhere in Africa has a colonial occupation left more footprints than in Namiba. While the German occupying power only lasted three decades (1884 – 1915), the country is still full of sites that commemorate a gruesome history. After reading a detailed reconstruction of the genocide of that horrendous era, Dutch photographer Pieter Boersma visited many places of destruction … and celebration. The genocide of the Namibian Herero and Nama people... A visual journey by Dutch photographer Pieter Boersma Nowhere in Africa has a colonial occupation left more footprints than in Namiba. While the German...
ZAM reporter
ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective www.investigativecollective.com asks for international solidarity to protest the internet blackout that is suffocating the southern Cameroon regions since 22 January. The AIPC says that one of its members, veteran investigative editor Chief Bisong Etahoben in Cameroon, has been cut off from its interactions and its transnational investigative projects by the blackout, intended to suffocate protests in Anglophone regions against the... ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective www.investigativecollective.com asks for international solidarity to protest the internet...
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A Dutch version of the story ‘Child abuse in the name of voluntourism, ’initiated by members of the ZAM network, was published by the respected weekly De Groene Amsterdammer this week: read the story here . See the original Ghanaian report by the famous Anas Aremeyaw Anas as published by ZAM here: www.zammagazine.com/chronicle/chronicle-12/217-child-abuse-in-the-name-of-voluntourism . A Dutch version of the story ‘Child abuse in the name of voluntourism, ’initiated by members of the ZAM network, was published by the respected weekly De...
ZAM reporter
It’s a lesson the fake news brigades around the world should take to heart: in Nigeria, an attempt by the army to stop the country’s brave and ethical news platform the Premium Times from reporting truthfully and accurately has failed spectacularly. (Read our story on the attack here .) A worldwide outcry (of which ZAM was a part) against the arrest of the Premium Times journalists resulted in their release on the same day. Managing editor Idris Akinbajo, a member of our partner the African... It’s a lesson the fake news brigades around the world should take to heart: in Nigeria, an attempt by the army to stop the country’s brave and ethical...
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Dutch photographer Ben Krewinkel continues the journey that took Frits Eisenloeffel to Mozambique after its victory and independence of 1975. Then, Eissenloeffel captured the somewhat hasty departure of Portuguese colonialist settlers, the tales of an outgoing white military force and the arriving freedom fighters led by Samora Machel. His photographs, published in Dutch media at the time, reflected postcolonial excitement, reconstruction and the beginning of a new era. Now, Krewinkel explores a... Dutch photographer Ben Krewinkel continues the journey that took Frits Eisenloeffel to Mozambique after its victory and independence of 1975. Then,...
Femke van Zeijl
The wooden structure put Makoko, the Lagos shanty town on water, on the map, got world wide attention from the media, and made its architect famous. But after the Floating School collapsed, many questions remained unanswered. Was the building project on the Lagos Lagoon really the success it claimed to be? The triangular floating structure was a beacon on the Lagos Lagoon. It was clearly visible from the Third Mainland Bridge, 500 metres farther down, which made it impossible for Lagosian commuters... The wooden structure put Makoko, the Lagos shanty town on water, on the map, got world wide attention from the media, and made its architect famous. But...