C& Audio Archive

The C& Audio Archive is a podcast featuring a selection of exciting and discursive content published on Contemporary And. Listen to artist interviews, reviews, features, and opinions about crucial topics on contemporary art, to stay up to date with discussions surrounding art from Africa and the Global Diaspora.

The C& Audio Archive is produced by poet and curator Emmaus Kimani in Nairobi, read by two of the city’s finest narrators: Mimmo Wanjuhi and Ondieki Daniel. Mimmo is an award winning Kenyan singer/songwriter, voice over artist, e-commerce marketplace specialist and freelance Journalist. Ondieki is a sound engineer, voice actor, composer and founder of Ondieki Studios.

Alma Thomas, Air View of Spring Nursery (Detail), 1966. Acrylic on canvas. The Columbus Museum
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Inventing Your Own Game

Alma W. Thomas and the Treasures of the Natural World

In the “post-war” period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Decentering the I: How to Redefine the Human
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C& Center of Unfinished Business

Decentering the I: How to Redefine the Human

Our Deputy Editor Will Furtado argues that indigenous knowledge has always held the…

Sam Gilliam, 
TBC, 2020, 
watercolor on washi, 

39-1/2
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INVENTING YOUR OWN GAME

Sam Gilliam: Between Structure and Improvisation

In the “post-war” period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Wood Picture, c. 1967. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.
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Inventing Your Own Game

The Abstract Thinking of Mildred Thompson

In the “post-war” period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Image above: Marsha P.Johnson (left) and Sylvia Rivera (right) at Gay Pride Parade, 1973. Photo: Leonard Fink. From the film
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White Label

How Warhol Erased the Identity of His Black Trans Sitters

Art historian Gürsoy Doğtaş analyses the power imbalances between Warhol and his BIPoC queer and trans sitters of lower Manhattan

​Shannon Tamara Lewis, Too Fast Ones: We Stole These Heads I, 2019.
Oil on Linen, 2m x 2m. Photo: Guillaume Baeriswyl, Konkord Photography. Courtesy of Les Urbaines Festival
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Digital Strokes

The Fantasy of Aspiration in the Paintings of Shannon Tamara Lewis

Olamiju Fajemisin speaks to Shannon Tamara Lewis about her painted assemblages of limbs…

Odete Semedo in the film Quantum Creole, Filipa César, 2020. Courtesy the artist
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C& Print Issue #11: CONSCIOUS CODES, ANYONE?

The Digital Has Been Around for a While

The history of technology is inseparable from the history of Africans. From the…

 Sambiência, Juliana dos Santos, 2018, (credits: Gabriel Oliveira) originally featured in
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Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone

The Forgotten Social History of International Blackness

For people of Black African heritage, identifying with Blackness is the glue that…

Sola Olulode, Close To You, 2019.
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Digital Strokes

Depictions of Queer Black Love for the Digital Age

A new generation of young painters in Europe are using internet languages to…

Guy Wouete, 'Next Week', Multimedia-Installation, 2010. © Guy Wouete
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States of Mobility

“The passport that does not pass ports”

Mobility in the arts, geographical or otherwise, is often seen as almost a…

Photographer: Henry Chan - Location: Dinner between Rashid Johnson's Anxious Audiences at the Power Plant Gallery - 2019
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Black Curators Forum Toronto

A Black Curator is Never Just a Curator

The first Black Curators Forum took place in Toronto, Canada, towards the end…

Peter Friedl, Untitled (Berlin), 1998/1999. Adhesive film on plexiglass / light box. Loan of the Federal Republic ofGermany – Contemporary Art Collection. Photo: Benjamin Renter
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C& Print Issue Another 89

What Collective Remembrance Is For

Anniversaries are a chance not only to remember but to reevaluate history, writes…

Betye Saar, I’ll Bend But I Will Not Break, 1998. Mixed media tableau: vintage ironing board, flat iron, metal chin, white bed sheet, six wooden clothespins, cotton, clothesline and one rope hook, 80 x 96 x 36 in (203.2 x 243.8 x 91.4 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Lynda and Stewart Resnick through the 2018 Collectors Committee, © Betye Saar
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Inventing Your Own Game

Betye Saar: The Majesty She Holds In Her Hands

In the post-war period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Maren Hassinger, Diaries, 1978. Performance at Vanguard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Black and white Photograph
Maren Hassinger, unknown. Photo Credit Adam Avila. Courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC and Tiwani Contemporary, London
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Inventing your own game

Maren Hassinger: “We are not alive to make money”

In the post-war period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Covers from books
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Art and Stereotypes

Playing with Race

We are still stumbling across curated incredibilities taking place in museums and art…

Howardena Pindell, Untitled, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 174.3 x 267.3 cm; 68 5/8 x 105 1/4 inches
© Howardena Pindell. Courtesy the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York and Victoria Miro, London/Venice
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Inventing Your Own Game

The Consistency in Howardena Pindell’s Art and Defiance

In the post-war period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Installation View, Frank Bowling at Tate Britain (31 May - 26 August 2019), Tate Photography, Matt  Greenwood
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Inventing Your Own Game

Frank Bowling at Tate: Redefining the British Art Canon

In the post-war period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

 Installation View: Robert Reed: San Romano Series, Pilar Corrias, London. 12 April – 18 May 2019. Courtesy of the Robert Reed Estate and Pilar Corrias, London. Photo: Damian Griffiths.
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Inventing Your Own Game

Robert Reed: Re-entering the US American Art Canon

In the “post-war” period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

Jack Whitten, Quantum Wall, VIII (For Arshile Gorky, My First Love in Painting), Detail, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 122,6 x 122,6 cm © Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Genevieve Hanson
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Inventing Your Own Game

Jack Whitten: A Painter’s Painter Gets His Long-Overdue Recognition

In the “post-war” period, many pioneering Black artists were largely neglected by the…

François Knoetze: Core Dump, Dakar featuring Bamba Diangne, Film still: Anton Scholtz, 2018 © Courtesy François Knoetze , Film still: Anton Stoltz
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Digital Arts from Africa

Embodying Forms of Knowing and Being

Our author Enos Nyamor looks at digital arts from Africa and their potential…

Felicia Abban. Self Portrait IV.
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Female Pioneers

Felicia Abban: Behind the Scenes

In our latest series – Female Pioneers – we look at female artists…

Malala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1838, Atlas Elémentaire, 2015. Courtesy the artist.
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A New Beginning

How Congo’s Culture Can Move Forward Learning from the Past

In the 1970s Congo (then Zaire) went through a cultural rejuvenation supported by…

Mujeres Muralistas. Latinoamerica. 1974. Roy Anderson paints on concrete. 20’ x 76’. Mission St. bet. 25th & 26th St, San Francisco.
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Another 68!

The Black Female Artists Who Pioneered Alternative Art Spaces in Mexico

Despite the 1968 rise of protests against the regime in Mexico, narratives of…

Delegation Parade Frelimo. Photo: Luc-Daniel Dupire. Courtesy of PANAFEST archiv
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Another 68!

How 1960s Algeria Became a “Mecca for revolutionaries”

The political and cultural repercussions of the 1968 global riots have been extensively…

(left) Depiction of Dogon God “Amma ”, shown like many ancient God’s with an elongated head. (right) Cover of Dr. Marimba Ani, Yurugu: An African- Centered Critique Of European Thought and Behavior, 1994.
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Racism: a bigger picture

“Germanomania” and the Myth of Nationalism

The unfading legacies of Western racism is a paradigm C& continuously examines through…

Whitney Museum of American Art New York. Photograph by Ed Lederman.
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"The spectacle of Black trauma"

Why Double Standards in Representation Need to End in the Arts

The censure with which a painting of Dana Schutz’s son was met in…

(left) Cover of Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (right) Lyle Ashton Harris, Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #3 [in collaboration with Thomas Allen Harris], 1994. Courtesy the artist.
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C& Center of Unfinished Business

How Frantz Fanon Has Influenced Generations of Queer Artists

In this series, C& and ArtsEverywhere commission texts inspired by the books in…

Mahdi Ehsaei, Khaje-Ata, Bandar Abbas. 2015. Photo. © Mahdi Ehsaei. Courtesy of the artist.
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Photography

Looking Beyond Documentation of Afro-Iranians

In recent years, the Afro-Iranian community has been under the spotlight. In 2015…

Tschabalala Self, For the Gods (detail), 2015. Courtesy the artist.
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Tschabalala Self: Body Agency

Painting the Whole Picture of the Black Female Experience

Tschabalala Self belongs to a new generation of painters depicting a three-dimensional representation…

Kiosk Gallery Poster: 'Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power', 2017.
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Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power

The Origins of Feminist Intersectionality

In the 1980s pioneering events brought together women from Europe and Africa to…

 

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