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Decolonising Art Book Fairs

To Create is to Remember, to Cite is to Acknowledge

On the occasion of a new publication, editor and curator Nkule Mabaso looks into power relations of knowledge production and citation.

Tatenda Chidora: Challenging Stereotypes about Men

In Conversation

Tatenda Chidora: Challenging Stereotypes about Men

Elisa Pierandrei talks to the photographer who wants to create a more diverse picture of masculinity – in between comfort and discomfort.

C& Launches Patreon Membership

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C& Launches Patreon Membership

An invitation to our extended community to join and support us!

All that it holds. Tout ce qu’elle renferme. Tudo o que ela abarca. Todo lo que ella alberga, 2023. Published by C& and Kerber Verlag.

C&‘s Second Book is Out Now!

“All that it holds. Tout ce qu’elle renferme. Tudo o que ela abarca. Todo lo que ella alberga.”

Get your copy now! The book is a curated selection of texts representing a plurality of voices on contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora.

Yussef Agbo-Ola

Lagos Biennial 2024

A Refuge of Sorts

Joseph Omoh Ndukwu examines the 4th edition of Nigeria's seminal biennial, which aimed to create a space to dream alternate paths in a systemic crisis

Image courtesy of Henrique J Paris. Photo: Mamady Diana

In Conversation

Henrique J. Paris: What Can Objects Tell Us?

On the occasion of the 1-54 Marrakech, we spoke to the transdisciplinary artist, who will be showing works that he is currently preparing at RAAR.

Lagos Biennial 2024

Installation View

Lagos Biennial 2024

A Biennial reflecting on the concept of nation-state, important historical events on the continent and new exhibition making.

Tesfaye Urgessa representing Ethiopia's firs National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2024. Photo: Photography by Kameron Cooper. Courtesy Tesfaye Urgessa and Saatchi Yates

2024 Venice Biennale

These Pavilions have Announced African Perspectives so far

Canada, Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Great Britain, Nigeria, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and…

Venice Reveals Theme and Artist List

Venice Biennale 2024

Venice Reveals Theme and Artist List

Curated by Adriano Pedrosa 'Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere', brings together 331 artists and collectives - mainly from the Global South.

(left) Portia Malatjie; (right) MADEYOULOOK made up of Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho. Courtesy the artists.

News

South Africa Pavilion Announces Curator, Artists and Exhibition Title for Venice Biennale 2024

Managed by the Institute of Creative Repair, "Quiet Ground" is curated by Portia Malatjie and will feature new work by MADEYOULOOK.

Madame Zo: From Re-Creation to Quest for Meaning

Female Pioneers

Madame Zo: From Re-Creation to Quest for Meaning

Fondation H is dedicating its first exhibition to an icon of the Malagasy art scene: Madame Zo. Here, Hemerson Andrianetrazafy reflects on her work.

Diana Ejaita, Studio Villa Romana ©photo Ela Bialkowska OKNO studio.

In Conversation

Diana Ejaita: Unfixed Stories, Interconnected Worlds

We spoke to artist Diana Ejaita about her residency at the Villa Romana, her multidisciplinary work, and the many uses of symbols and images.

A collage made using ephemera collected during the trip. Photo: Rosie Olang’ Odhiambo

Greetings from Rosie Olang’ Odhiambo

Darling, this is Switzerland

On a curatorial research trip through Switzerland, curator Rosie Olang’ Odhiambo shares her impressions in five postcards with a loved one in Nairobi.

Lesley Lokko. Photo: Murdo Macleod

News

Lesley Lokko Receives Royal Gold Medal 2024 for Architecture

One of the world’s highest honours in architecture goes to architect, educator, author and curator Lesley Lokko.

Mabel Cetu featured in Zonk! Magazine in October 1956.

Female Pioneers

Mabel Cetu: A Complicated Legacy

Writer Ethel-Ruth Tawe reflects on the multiple narratives of Mabel Cetu’s photojournalistic work.

P. Staff, In Ekstase, 2023, detail, in: P. Staff, In Ekstase, Kunsthalle Basel, 2023, photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel

Where is Your Body? P. Staff and Tiona Nekkia McClodden Opening Space for Vulnerability

On a research trip through Switzerland, Khanya Mashabela delved into the works of the two artists exhibiting at Kunsthalle Basel.

Silent Invasions: The Art of Material Hacking

Installation View

Silent Invasions: The Art of Material Hacking

An exhibition presented by Ghanaian blaxTARLINES and the art communities of Uganda at Amasaka Gallery in Masaka City until 13 January, 2024.

A portrait of Pope.L (photo by Peyton Fulford, courtesy Modern Art London)

In Memoriam

William Pope.L (1955-2023)

The visual artist and educator died on December 23 at the age of 68 in Chicago, USA.

(clockwise) Torkwase Dyson, Liquid A Place, 2023. Homme Adams Park 72500 Thrush Road, Palm Desert at Desert X. Photography courtesy of Lance Gerber; Rhael

Best of 2023

C& Magazine’s Highlights of 2023 You Might Want to Read Again

From climate colonialism to new perspectives from queer artists in Mozambique, these are some of our most-read articles this year.

Celebrating the C& Cosmos

C&’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Celebrating the C& Cosmos

2023 marks a special year for Contemporary And (C&): the platform has turned TEN!

Installation view C& Center of Unfinished Business, HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig: Dynamic Spaces, Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2020, © Contemporary And. Photo: C&

C& Center of Unfinished Business

Book List on Post-Colonial Theory from the C& Library

Our library offers a wide selection of books that are connected to the topic of (post-) colonialism in various ways and help us to understand the now.

(Clockwise): Delegation Parade Frelimo. Photo: Luc-Daniel Dupire. Courtesy of PANAFEST archiv; Jeannette Ehlers 'Whip it Good’ 2017. Photo: Aukje Lepoutre Ravn. Courtesy the artist.; Zineb Sedira, The Lovers, 2008 © the artist/DACS, London and courtesy kamel mennour, Paris/London; Kiosk Gallery Poster: 'Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power', 2017.

Special Focus

A Reader on Post-Colonialism and Decolonial Practices

We want to share some resources on the important movements that help us to see a more differentiated picture of these complex times.

1st Circular Library, Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana, Accra. Photo: Abbey IT-A

Inside the Library

The Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana: 1st Circular Library, Accra

Adwoa Amoah, artist, curator, and co-director of FCA Ghana, asked regular visitors of the library to pick their favorite book.

Wanini Kimemiah - courtesy of Wanini Kimemiah, C& Office Nairobi

News

The Stedelijk x C& Editorial Fellowship Announces First Fellow Wanini Kimemiah

Nairobi-based artist and writer Wanini Kimemiah is the first young editor of the editorial fellowship hosted by C& and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Baloji, Augure, Film Still, Production Wrong Men, 2023.

In Conversation

Baloji and the Art of Averting the Evil Eye

Musician, filmmaker, and multitalented artist Baloji talks to C& about his first feature film and his connection with the diaspora.

Critical Writing Workshop Lagos, 2015. Photo: Aderimi Adgebite

Cultural Funding

Unheard Voices: Arts and Culture Journalism in Nigeria

Cultural coverage in Nigeria is presently limited, writes Obidike Okafor, and that corresponds with scarce training and income opportunities for such

Ligia Lewis
“minor matter”
Performance Space New York
New York, N.Y.
May 21, 2019
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Retrospective

Ligia Lewis: Complaint, A Lyric

HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, is showing a retrospective of seven pieces by artist and choreographer Ligia Lewis from November 15 to 19.

Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Sonnet of Vermin, 2022. Photo by Claudia López Terroso.

News

Toronto Biennial Announces Preliminary List of Artists, Partners, and Sponsors

Curators Dominique Fontaine and Miguel A. López reveal their first pick of artists for the 3rd edition of the Toronto Biennial running in Fall 2024.

John Akomfrah: “If there is a problem with hybridity, for me, it is that it participates in this hierarchization of the world”

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John Akomfrah: “If there is a problem with hybridity, for me, it is that it participates in this hierarchization of the world”

It's still C&10 and we retrieved another treasure from our archive: a conversation…

(clockwise) Kisha and LaDarayon by Gilleam Trapenberg; Diena by Alexandre Silberman; Chotu Lal Upside-down by Carl Francois van der Linde; me nana fie by Serena Brown; Shaun Ryder by Jake Green.

News

Winners of Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023 Announced

The prestigious prize 2023 goes to Alexandre Silberman, Gilleam Trapenberg, Jake Green, Carl Francois van der Linde, and Serena Brown.

Seeds and Souls

Installation View

Seeds and Souls

The exhibition in Copenhagen proposes new explorations into the connections between botanical histories, colonial legacies and diasporic experiences.

(left) Christelle Oyiri. Photo: Lucid Interval; (right) Christelle Oyiri, Gentle Battle, 2022, installation view, Tramway, Glasgow

News

Christelle Oyiri Awarded PONTOPREIS MMK 2024

Paris-based interdisciplinary artist and Djane Christelle Oyiri is honored for her clear and free observations of everyday life.

Benediction, 2023, by Daniel Arnan Quarshie. Presented by Gallery 1957

News

ART X Lagos Announces Theme and Program for 2023

A wide-ranging fair programme features special exhibitions, ART X Live! and ART X Talks, and the debut of ART X Cinema to be held from 2-5 November.

Mário Macilau, A candle man, from Faith series, 2018. Courtesy of Ed Cross.

News

Mário Macilau Receives James Barnor Photography Prize 2023

Mário Macilau has been awarded the prestigious prize for his series Faith documenting the practice of animism in contemporary Mozambique.

Installation View

The BENIN BRONZES Roundtables

The Return of the Benin Bronzes: Part of the Past or Pathway to the Future?

Agwu Enekwachi recently participated in a roundtable discussion in Abuja on the impetus and action around the promised return of the Benin Bronzes.

Thelma Golden.Photo: Julie Skarratt. Courtesy of LACMA.

News

Thelma Golden Wins Gish Prize 2023

The 30th Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize goes to Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Rafiki, Only the fool fights the sun (cropped), 2022. Courtesy the artist.

News

New Triennale “Southnord Artfest” Announced in Stockholm

Southnord Artfest, hosted by Kulturhuset, brings together Black and Afro Nordic artists. It takes place between 26 Oct 2023 and 14 Jan 2024.

At Akademie Schloss Solitude Aderemi Adegbite works on his news series »Al-Shaafi (The Healer)« in which the uses the Islamic slates to reflect on the disconnection of the spiritual self from the physical self, 2023, photo: Daphne van de Burgwal.

In Conversation

Aderemi Adegbite: Embracing Solitude and Empowering Communities

Artist-curator Aderemi Adegbite shares his insights on the crucial role of language and culture in our postcolonial moment

3rd Biennale Internationale de Sculpture de Ouagadougou (BISO) – The Fire of Origins

Installation View

3rd Biennale Internationale de Sculpture de Ouagadougou (BISO) – The Fire of Origins

Inspired by the writer Emmanuel Dongala, Le Feu des origins, will run until 4th November in Ouagadougou celebrating contemporary crafts and art.

M’hammed Kilito, from the series

News

14th LagosPhoto Festival Announces Places, Artist List and Theme

Running from October 27 to December 31, LagosPhoto Festival announces its first expansion beyond Lagos hosting 38 national and international artists.

(Left) Otobong Nkanga.
Courtesy of the artist. (Right top) Otobong Nkanga, Taste of a Stone, 2010/19; Kolanut Tales–Dismembered, 2016. Installation view of Acts at the Crossroads at MOCAA–Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, 2019. Photo: Dillon Marsh; (right bottom) Otobong Nkanga, In Pursuit of Bling, 2014. Installation view of Otobong Nkanga: To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2018.

News

Otobong Nkanga Receives 2025 Nasher Prize

For her powerful work, the Antwerp-based artist wins the 2025 Nasher Prize exclusively awarded to contemporary sculpture.

Maliza Kiasuwa, Intersection 2. 202340 x 27.5 in. Paper and thread. Courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art.

In Conversation

Maliza Kiasuwa: Stories Intersecting Like the Crossing of Paths

The artist talks about her collage practice in relation to intuition and the meaning of a hybrid identity.

Theresah Ankomah, Untitled, 2022. Courtesy of Savvy Contemporary.

News

1-54 London: Exhibitors, Artists and Special Projects

This edition will host over 60 international exhibitors, its largest number to date and more than 170 artist from Africa and the Global Diaspora.

Acts of Opening Again: A Choreography of Conviviality, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), 3.6.2023. Photo: Mathias Völzke/HKW

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Amplifying the Creative Structures at HKW

Edna Bonhomme examines how a Berlin institution pays tribute to anti-colonial feminists and applauds its new international team.

Zineb Sedira, Sugar Silo I, 2014. Diptych, C-Type, 180 x 200 cm each. Commissioned by Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture and the Port of Marseille. Courtesy the artist and the galleries: The Third Line, Dubai, and Plutschow Gallery, Zurich

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Zineb Sedira: “Identity is very much at the core of every artistic practice, whether painting flowers or exploring one’s culture or politics.”

To celebrate our authors' writing we've dug up a few pieces from our archive. Here, Zineb Sedira on "identity" and the “burden of representation".

Filmstill

In Conversation

Lamin Leroy Gibba: “I want to tell stories that feel truthful”

The actor, writer, and producer reflects on dominant cultural narratives and the complex lives of Black and queer characters on screen and stage.

Kosisochukwu Nnebe, an inheritance/ a threat / a haunting. Installation view, 2022. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario. Courtesy of the artist.

In Conversation

Kosisochukwu Nnebe: Exploring Ancestral Connections

The artist and curator discusses how the positions of marginalized people give us access to particular forms of knowledge about our societies.

Clockwise: Diébédo Francis Kéré at Kéré Architecture, Berlin, May 2023 © The Japan Art Association / The Sankei Shimbun; Gando Primary School, 2001, Burkina Faso
Photo: Siméon Duchoud. Courtesy of Kéré Architecture; Rendering façade of Benin National Assembly. Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

News

Diébédo Francis Kéré Wins 2023 Praemium Imperiale

By combining local materials and skills with innovative design and smart engineering solutions, architect Diébédo Francis Kéré wins the coveted award.

Installation View of Collective Mask-Movimento de Artistas Huni Kuin. Commissioned by Fundação Bienal de São Paulo for the 35th Bienal.

Installation View

35th São Paulo Bienal – Choreographies of the Impossible

The curatorial team of this edition has chosen 121 participants from various countries, with an emphasis on artists of indigenous and African descent.

Tinotenda Chivinge, Zimbabwe Bird(s), found objects (variable dimensions). Photo: Nyadzombe Nyampenza

Art Networks in Zimbabwe

Harare Art Collectives: Where Connectivity is Key

In Harare, a cathartic group exhibition celebrates the work of collectives who bridge the gap between a feeble art market and scant resources.

10 years of C&! Clockwise: Parts of the C& Team. Photo: Benjamin Renter; C& Critical Writing Workshop Nairobi. Photo: Francis Munene; C& Print Issues. Photo: Florian Bong-Kil Grosse; James Gregory Atkinson, Ligia Lewis, and Magnus Elias Rosengarten. Panel discussion ifa-Gallery Berlin, March 2023. Photo: Benjamin Renter; DAK'ART 2014, Official opening of the main exhibition. Photo: Touré Behan; Jennifer Harge, FLY | DROWN, 2019. Perfomance in the frame of

C&10

Love Letters to C&

C&'s tenth anniversary is a very special moment for us. We have asked people from our network to share their thoughts, memories, and wishes for C&.

left: Nefertiti, Neues Museum Berlin. rigth: Cover, Black Women in Antiquity, edited by Ivan Van Sertima, 1988.

C& and Arts Everywhere

Fatima El-Tayeb: Reclaiming Nefertiti

In a new series C& and Arts Everywhere commission essays and articles inspired…

Azu Nwagbogu on a research trip to Benin at the Market at Musee Historique D’Abomey (Historic Museum of Abomey). Courtesy of UGO.

News

Benin Pavilion for 60th Venice Biennale Announces Artists and Theme

The curatorial team around Azu Nwagbogu will put works together by Romuald Hazoumé, Chloe Quenem, Ishola Akpo, and Moufoli Bello.

Ludo by Yadi. Courtesy of the artist.

In Conversation

Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu Explains How Ludo Became an Exciting Artwork

Ludo by Yadi highlights local design and production while embracing community recreation and functional art.

Senam Okudzeto. Photo: Christopher Cerrone

News

Senam Okudzeto Receives the Paul Boesch Art Prize 2023

Artist, researcher, writer and founder, Senam Okudzeto receives on of the highest Swiss art prizes for her socio-politically relevant work.

Gabi Ngcobo

News

Kunstinstituut Melly Announces Gabi Ngcobo as its New Director

Starting in January 2024, Ngcobo will continue the Rotterdam Institution's collaborative approach to face acute questions of our time.

Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West, 1992. Photo: Nancy Lytle

In Conversation

Coco Fusco Looks Back

Prior to her retrospective at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, the artist discusses the choices behind key works in her oeuvre.

Maud Ntonga, Gallery Director  (left) Noelle Mukete-Elhalaby, Founder  (center)  and Brice Arsene Yonkeu, Founder (right)
Photo credits: Wilfried Koté Amoyi

News

Bwo, a New Art Gallery in Cameroon, Announces the Opening of its Space

Bwo established in Central Africa by founders under the age of 30 plans to open in Douala with an inaugural exhibition on September 2, 2023.

Nada Baraka, Untitled. Courtesy of Latitudes and ANNA

News

2023 ANNA Award Winner Announced

Nada Baraka, an Egyptian artist based in Cairo, is the 2023 ANNA Award recipient.

Bushman Café, Abidjan

Inside the Library

Bushman Café, Abidjan

C& regularly takes a look into book collections holding rare publications. This time, Keren Lasme introduces five books she found in Abidjan.

Blessing Atas, The Egrets. Courtesy the artist.

Tender Photo

Emmanuel Iduma’s Archive Attempts to Hold All That Is Intimate

The artist has created a participatory digital archive around the tenderness in photographs, refusing temporal linearity by drawing out a kinship.

Sasha Huber, Rentyhorn, 2008. Commissioned photography by Siro Micheroli. Courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki.

Ecologies

Sasha Huber Looks at the Uncomfortable

The artist discusses her practice in the context of changing climatic realities and how symbolic actions can have an impact.

The eight artists of the 2024 Nigerian Pavilion. From left, top row: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Ndidi Dike, Onyeka Igwe, and Toyin Ojih Odutola; bottom row: Abraham Oghobase, Precious Okoyomon, Yinka Shonibare, and Fatimah Tuggar. Credits: Adenyi-Jones: On Whit Wall; Igwe: Regine Ullrich; Ojih Odutola: Beth Wilkinson; Shonibare: Tom Jamieson, 2023; All others: Courtesy the artists.

News

Nigeria Announces Curator and Artists for National Pavilion in Venice 2024

For the second Nigerian Pavilion, Aindrea Emelife will curate a group exhibition with eight artists around the theme "Nigeria Imaginary".

(from left to right) Tiago Sant’Ana, Raphael Fonseca and Yina Jiménez Suriel. Courtesy of Mercosur Biennial Foundation.

News

14th Edition of The Mercosur Biennial

Along with Tiago Sant’Ana, C&AL Associate Editor Yina Jímenez joins Raphael Fonseca’s artistic team of The Mercosur Biennial’s 14th edition.

Eric Magassa, Blinking Blind, 2023. Installation view FLIGHT Malmö Konsthall, 2023.
Photo / Photo: Helene Toresdotter. Courtesy konstnären/the artist

In Conversation

Tawanda Appiah Ponders Beauty’s Transformative Potential

The Malmö-based curator talks about his current project at Skånes konstförening, creating immersive experiences, and rearranging history.

(Clockwise, all Details): Maheder Haileselassie,  Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, 2023; 
Carlos Idun-Tawiah, Sunday Special, 2022. Isoraka, Antananarivo; Léonard Pongo, Untitled. From Primordial Earth, 2023; Yasmin Forte, Military. From This is a story about my family, 2022; Nadia Ettwein, Looks Like Dad. From Hond, 2023

News

CAP Prize Winners Announced for 2023

Nadia Ettwein, Carlos Idun-Tawiah, Léonard Pongo, Yasmin Forte and Maheder Haileselassie awarded with Prize for Contemporary African Photography.

David Adjaye. Photo credit: Josh Huskin; two buildings designed by David Adjaye (top right) Smithsonian National Museum of African American Arts and Culture - Washington DC. Photo: Nic Lehoux; (bottom right) MOSCOW School of Management. Photo: Ed Reeve. All images courtesy of RIBA.

News

Several Institutions Have Severed Ties with David Adjaye Over Sexual Assault Allegations

After Studio Museum Harlem announced the end of its collaboration, Sharjah‘s Africa Institute also stops plans for a campus designed by the architect.

Rhael

18th Venice Architecture Biennale 2023

Lesley Lokko Breaks New Ground with The Laboratory of the Future

In presenting a compelling interplay between reality, fiction and crisis, Lokko delivers a lesson on accountability for curatorial practices.

Olu Alake; The Africa Centre. Courtesy of the centre.

News

Olu Alake Appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Africa Centre

From 17th July on, the recently revamped Africa Centre in London has a new CEO: renowned strategic leader and multi-sector stakeholder Olu Alake.

Heiko-Thandeka Ncube, The early rains which wash away the chaff before the spring rains, 2023. Video, 12 mins, film still.

Essay

Every Straw Is a Straw Too Much

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung on the psychological burden of being racialized while doing art.

Hamid Zénati. All-Over

Installation View

Hamid Zénati. All-Over

Haus der Kunst in Munich is showing the works of the self-taught artist and his wealth of forms, patterns, colors, materials and techniques.

(left) Poster of the 35th Bienal de São Paulo – choreographies of the impossible © Nontsikelelo Mutiti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo; (right): Study for closing of the second pavement for the 35th Bienal de São Paulo – choreographies of the impossible © Vão / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

News

35th Bienal de São Paulo Announces Participants and Architecture Projects

From Sept 6 to Dec 10, Choreographies of the Impossible will present 120 participants in the exhibition and spatial design by the architects of Vão.

Atelier Ndokette, Ndokette Session, untitled, 2019. Courtesy of the artists.

In Conversation

How Atelier Ndokette Interweaves Artistic Practices

They have worked together as a collective since 2019. And their shared practices highlight the various ways in which clothes can speak.

Photo: Somakpo Kouakou Guy Serge Eddie

In Conversation

Kpingni Dieth Douabou Addresses Intimate Issues of Black Feminism

The artist adapts the book The Sex Life of African Women and paints a candid picture of sexual experiences – the troublesome and the joyful.

C& and C&AL Print Issue #12/4: Ecologies

Out Now!

C& and C&AL Print Issue #12/4: Ecologies

We are thrilled to announce the first joint issue between C& and C&AL reflecting on neocolonial structures and the climate crisis.

Abel Rodríguez, Terraza Alta II, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Instituto de Visión.

Ecologies

Abel Rodríguez: The Namer of Plants

The Colombian artist of Nonuya origin is known in the art world by using drawing to preserve the memory of Amazonian flora at risk of extinction.

Heiko-Thandeka Ncube. Photo by Göksu Baysal.

In Memoriam

Heiko-Thandeka Ncube (1991-2023)

Heiko-Thandeka Ncube, the artist, filmmaker, educator and activist has passed away in Berlin.

Musila/Soil Paint on Photopaper. Simonga, 2022 [analogue image: Victoria Chona, London 1971]. Courtesy the artist.

Ecologies

Banji Chona Calls on Ancestral Knowledge

The artist’s earth-based practice in the mopane woodlands is based on the reciprocity between her ancestral home and the offerings of her art works.

Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora

Installation View

Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora

The multi-chapter exhibition traces links between Asia and Africa, looking at their increased political, economic and cultural importance.

Margaret Abeshu, Installation view at 'Indoctrination: Multivalent Gestures', curated by Dahir Hussein, 18 March - 30 April 2023, Fotogalleriet, Oslo.

In Conversation

Dahir Hussein Explores the Plurivalent Nature of Indoctrination

After a fellowship at Fotogalleriet in Norway, Dahir Hussein was inspired to curate a group show on identity and indoctrination.

Velma Rosai, The Ways of My Serpent Mother are Strange (detail), 2022. Oil and acrylic on paper, 42 x 29.5 in / 45 x 33 in. Courtesy of Sarah Brook Gallery.

In Conversation

Velma Rosai-Makhandia: Inspiration from the Internal Space

Following her debut solo exhibition, the artist reflects on Blackness, the gift of intuition, and the potency of African spirituality in her work.

1949 Library. Photo: Keren Lasme.

Inside the Library

1949, Abidjan

Keren Lasme introduces five books from 1949, Abidjan’s only library of women writers.

Lorin Sookool, project on going, 2022. Image by Tanja Hall.

In Conversation

Khanyisile Mbongwa: Wind, Woundedness, and World-Making

The curator of the twelfth Liverpool Biennial links emancipated artistic practices to the city, generating new questions about colonial histories.

Mae-ling Lokko, Grounds for Return, 2021. Photo: Selma Gurbuz. Courtesy of the artist.

Ecologies

Changing Perspectives on Waste

Our writer Edna Bonhomme speaks to Mae-ling Lokko about agrowaste, fungi, and her evolution as an artist.

(Clockwise) Guest Artist Space Foundation in Lagos by Yinka Shonibare; Black Rock Senegal in Dakar by artist Kehinde Wiley; dot. Ateliers in Accra by Amoako Boafo; Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre by Victor Mutelekesha; Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute by Michael Armitage.

African Art Hubs

Institutions Build on Art Scenes that Grew Out of Common Artistic Needs

How do new arts hubs from Accra to Antananarivo relate to ongoing collective efforts that have enabled production in inconceivable circumstances?

Photo: Nappy/Pexels

Contemporary Black Discourses

Navigating Pain and Possibility

Afrofuturism and Afropessimism both seek to step outside of limiting narratives and invite self-awareness into the conversation around Black lives.

Torkwase Dyson, Liquid A Place, 2023. Homme Adams Park 72500 Thrush Road, Palm Desert at Desert X. Photography courtesy of Lance Gerber.

Ecologies

Locating Blackness In Intimate Ecologies

Ama Josephine Budge on how to resist climate colonialism through a capacious, trans-temporal Blackness.

Agnes Waruguru, Small Things to Consider, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2020. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation

Agnes Waruguru: A Dedication Time for Thinking and Doing

As we launch our new C& Artists' Edition, we revisit our interview with Agnes Waruguru from 2020 and asked her about the process behind the new work.

Agnes Waruguru, Messengers of a Midnight dream, 2023. Etching on Arches Rives BFK white Cotton Rag paper, 26 x 32.5 cm.

C& Artists’ Editions

Out Now! C& Artists’ Editions #4: Agnes Waruguru

We are thrilled to announce our new C& Artists' Edition with Agnes Waruguru!

1-54 New York 2017 @Katrina Sorentino

News

1-54 New York Announces Gallery and Artist Lists

At this year's New York edition, taking place from 18-21 May, 26 galleries presenting the work of over 80 artists from Africa and its Global Diaspora.

Syowia Kyambi: Kaspale

Installation View

Syowia Kyambi: Kaspale

This solo show by Syowia Kyambi includes a site-specific multi-media installation, photo-based works, video works, and sculptures from 2019-2023.

Original tiles of the riad stairs. Courtesy of LE 18.

In Conversation

Laila Hida: Facilitating Creative Initiatives in Morocco

Louise Thurin met Laila Hida, co-founder of Le 18 in Marrakech, to talk about the genesis and visions of the creative hub.

A project by Nyabinghi Lab co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Nyabinghi Lab, KENU - LAB’Oratoire des Imaginaires and Chimurenga.
Funded by the TURN2 Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Photo:  Jean Baptiste Joire.

Installation View

The Roots of Our Hands, Deep as Revolt: Entangled Colonialities of the Green

The exhibition at KENU in Dakar marks the launch of a research project on environmentalism, sustainability and colonial entanglements by Nyabinghi Lab

Journal - A Year In Black Art, Issue V. Courtesy of BES.

In Conversation

The Black Embodiments Studio: Fast, Loose and Immediate Writing

Experimentation and exchange are the focus at Kemi Adeyemi’s arts writing incubator in Seattle.

Aria Dean, ABATTOIR, U.S.A.!, Installation view, 2023. The Renaissance Society. Photo: Robert Chase Heishman.

Abattoir, U.S.A!

Aria Dean Conjures a Deathly Spectacle

In Chicago, Dean helps us experience connections between animal slaughter, violence towards Black peoples, and the brutalization of captured bodies.

First K21 Global Art Award Goes to Senzeni Mthwakazi Marasela

News

First K21 Global Art Award Goes to Senzeni Mthwakazi Marasela

Interdisciplinary South African artist Senzeni Marasela wins the award for her work on race, identity and gender inequalities during Apartheid.

Data visualisations from othernetwork.io. © Graphic design F451 (Quentin Creuzet,
Domitille Debret), 2023.

News

OtherNetwork

ifa and Cookies invite independent art spaces to join OtherNetwork, a collaborative digital platform that connects cultural projects worldwide.

Courtesy of Kairos Futura

News

Three Art Collectives Launch New Initiative in Kenya

Kairos Futura, Wajukuu Arts and Brush Tu Artist Collective have teamed up to create the Nairobi Space Station to envision the future of Nairobi.

Believing is not Knowing

C&10

Believing is not Knowing

To celebrate our authors' writing we've dug up a few pieces from our archive. Today, Elisabeth Wellershaus' text on the African Futures Festival 2015.

Berni Searle, Untitled (red, white, yellow, brown), (detail), 1998. Installation view at Norval Foundation. Photo: Vusumzi Nkomo

Having But Little Gold

How Berni Searle Contemplates the Weight of Loss

A retrospective carefully explores Berni Searle’s main subjects – ruins, residues, and loss as a uniquely legitimate site for meditating on liberation

Kresiah Mukwazhi: Kirawa. Exhibition, Secession, Wien, Vienna, 17.2.–16.4.2023

Installation View

Kresiah Mukwazhi: Kirawa

Mukwazhi's presents a new body of work consisting of textile paintings and video works at Secession, Vienna running through 16 April 2023.

Cameron Rowland, macandal, 2023
Oxalic acid
37.5 x 30.5 x 67 cm

Packets of materials that could invoke spirits, protect against punishment, and poison slave masters were called macandals. They were at the center of a plot in 1757 to poison all the white people in Haiti. The plot was organized by hundreds of enslaved and free black people. All macandals were subsequently outlawed. Their trade and use continued despite their criminalization.

Enslaved people throughout the Atlantic world used arsenic, manioc juice, ground glass, and oxalic acid to poison overseers, masters, masters’ children, and livestock. Oxalic acid is a stain remover and household cleaner.

Amt 45 i

Cameron Rowland Investigates how Germany Profited from the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The traces of racialised enslavement can be found in various German cities. The artist’s exhibition follows them through Frankfurt am Main.

From left: Bianca Xunise, Bunga Siagian, Jere Inkongio

News

Dekoloniale and C& Announce Berlin Residents 2023

The three residents are Bianca Xunise, Bunga Siagian and Jere Inkongio, selected by a jury chaired by Hou Hanru and N'Goné Fall.

Demas Nwoko. Courtesy of La Biennale.

News

Demas Nwoko Receives Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The artist, designer and architect Demas Nwoko is awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Azu Nwagbogu; Venice Biennale

News

Benin Debuts at Venice Biennale in 2024

The Republic of Benin Announces First Ever Venice Biennale Pavillion curated by Azu Nwagbogu at the 60th edition in 2024.

Alioune Diagne, XALÉ TEY – Enfants d’aujourd’hui, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize.

News

Alioune Diagne Wins Public Vote Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2023

The painter receives the Public Vote Price endowed with R25,000 for their work ‘XALÉ TEY – Enfants d’aujourd’hui (2021)’.

Marilú Mapengo Námoda, What does the silence pray for? / Para que reza o silencio?, 2023, Sculpture, 2m x .5m. Photo: Lorna Zita

Sem Sombras

Queer Artists Bring New Perspectives to Mozambique

Curators Onyịnye Alheri and Carolina Policarpo display collaborations between artists from Mozambique, Nigeria, and Angola.

Peter Obi as Symbol of a new Nigeria by Douglas Jonn.

Nigeria’s Obidient Movement

Art in Support of Political Change

Peter Obi stirred an outpour of hope during the Nigerian elections. Agwu Enekwachi looks at some of the artworks made to reflect that spirit.

Curators of HWK.

News

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Reveals Team Members and Programmes

HKW Berlin announces conceptual lines, practices, and programmes for 2023 and beyond, and presents its team headed by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

Aindrea Emelife (left) and Chika Okeke-Agulu (right). Courtesy of EMOWAA.

News

EMOWAA Appoints Chike Okeke-Agulu and Aindrea Emelife

To strengthen the focus on Modern and Contemporary Art, the museum appoints Chike Okeke-Agulu as senior advisor and Aindrea Emelife as curator.

Le Cake-Walk: Caucasian Chalk Circle (#9.1 & #9.2 Diptych), 2020, Heather Agyepong. (Commissioned by The Hyman Collection)

In Conversation

Heather Agyepong Engages with the Cakewalk

Exploring resistance through performance, the exhibition Wish You Were Here presents the artist’s interpretations of Aida Overton Walker's legacy.

Courtesy of the Museums.

News

SFMOMA and MoAD Announce Joint Curatorial Position on Art of The African Diaspora

New role will advance scholarship and public engagement with African Diasporic Art and Culture and generate new pipeline for curatorial talent.

Otobong Nkanga, Social Consequences III: The Choice we Make, 2009. Courtesy of the Artist

C&10

Artists Not Geographies Should Be Our Focus

To celebrate our authors' writing we've dug up a few pieces from our archive. One of our first commissioned text we published is from Sean O'Tool.

(right) Marlou Fernanda, “Like Me Know, Ego, Death”. (2022). Courtesy of the artist. (left) Marlou Fernanda, “Old Answers New Questions”. (2022). Courtesy of the artist.

Black Womanhood

Marlou Fernanda: Foregrounding the Inner Self through Art

The artist visualizes her inner dialogues with a creative force that is challenging the white-cis male-dominated Dutch art world.

C& Office and Reading Room, Nairobi. Photo: C&

Inside the Library

C& Reading Room, Nairobi

V for 5 introduces five books from our C& Reading Room, that are rarer and often forgotten publications but nonetheless essential to the discourse.

Isaac Julien, Once Again...(Status Never Die), 2022. Installation view at Sharjah Biennial 15. Photo: C&.

Installation View II

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present II

SB15 reflects on Okwui Enwezor’s visionary work, which transformed contemporary art and has influenced institutions and biennials around the world.

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present

Installation View

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present

SB15 reflects on Okwui Enwezor’s visionary work, which transformed contemporary art and has influenced institutions and biennials around the world.

Judy Bowman. Mom In Harlem,
2019. 36 x 48 in91.4 x 121.9 cmCourtesy of the artist.

Installation View

Judy Bowman: Gratiot Griot

Gratiot Griot is the first solo museum exhibition of artist Judy Bowman highlighting her extensive career as a storyteller of African American life.

Famakan Magassa, La Ballade Noctambule. Acrylic on canvas, 145 x 149 x 3cm. IMAGE courtesy of the artist.

News

2023 Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Goes to Famakan Magassa

In its second edition, the award recognizes Magassa's work with R500,000 and a solo exhibition at the Norval Foundation.

‘Leave the Edges’ by Baff Akoto © Rencontres Bamako

13th Edition of the Bamako Encounters

Embracing Sustainable Practices and Attitudes in Times of Political Uncertainty

Participating artist and writer Annie-Marie Akussah shares her views on the Biennale of Photography.

(left) Kapwani Kiwanga. © Bertille Chéret; (right) Installation view at Venice Biennale 2022. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

News

Kapwani Kiwanga to Represent Canada at 2024 Venice Biennale

With her insightful multidisciplinary work on power asymmetries, Kiwanga is recognized as one of the country’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.

(left) John Akomfrah at his London studio, 2016. © Jack Hems; (right) John Akomfrah, exhibition view at Secession, Vienna, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Secession Vienna

News

John Akomfrah RA Will Represent UK at 2024 Venice Biennale

The artist and filmmaker has been selected for his quality in-depth art films and video installations on colonial legacies and climate issues.

Art & Conversations eGqeberha 2022 installation views (artworks by Asanda Mtana), image by Zimkhitha Xwashu

In Conversation

Zimkhitha Xwashu: South African Advocate for the Arts

In this Q&A, arts practitioner and blogger Zimkhitha Xwashu talks about her many projects to support the country’s young and upcoming artists.

Tawanda Appiah. Photo credit: Santiago Mostyn

News

Skånes konstförening Appoints Tawanda Appiah as New Curator

Independent curator, researcher and writer Tawanda Appiah returns to the Malmö art hub and will take up his new position for three years.

Installation shot at Memorial Modibo Keita, From the left, works by Adee Roberson and Fatoumata Diabaté.Photo by Annie-Marie Akussah

Installation View

13th Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography

The Bamako Encounters pay a powerful tribute to the spaces in between and reflect on multiplicities of being - on view until 8 February 2023.

(left) N'Goné Fall; (right) Hou Hanru

News

Dekoloniale Berlin and C& Announce Jury Presidents for Residency 2023

For this years' Dekoloniale Berlin Residency (open to apply) writer and curator Hou Hanru and curator N'Goné Fall are the presidents of the jury.

(left) Michelle Commander. Photo: Smithsonian NMAAHC; (right) Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo: Smithsonian NMAAHC

News

The Smithsonian NMAAHC Announced Michelle Commander As Deputy Director

Commander is succeeding the outgoing and founding deputy director, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, and takes up her new role on 30 January.

C& Special Print Issue #Artofcritique, 2023. Photo: C&

Out Now!

New C& Special Print Issue #artofcritique Featuring our Mentees’ Texts

A celebration of the work that has been produced in the frame of the C& Critical Writing Workshops and the C& Mentoring Program since 2016.

Image by Ming Smith

News

Ming Smith Receives Lifetime Achievement Award by International Center of Photography

The ICP’s Infinity Awards honor outstanding achievements in photography and visual arts. Ming Smith and Zora J Murff are among the winners in 2023.

Critical Writing Workshop Participant in Lubumbashi, 2017. Photo: Mustache Muhanya

Out Now Soon! C& Special Print Issue #artofcritique

Re-Generation of Life – A Roundtable On Critical Art Writing

Bwanga Kapumpa, Enos Nyamor, Miriane Peregrino and Lorna Telma Zita speak to Rose Jepkorir about their motivations and practice in recent years.

Courtesy of Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre

News

The Lusaka Contemporary Art Center Opened as Zambia’s First Contemporary Art Hub

Founded by Victor Mutelekesha, the LuCAC is dedicated to contemporary Zambian artists and research into Zambian arts.

Installation View Na Chainkua Reindorf: Up To No Good at Nubile Foundation from 18 Nov 22 - 18 Feb 2023. Photo: Isaac Gyamfi. Courtesy of Nubuke Foundation.

In Conversation

Na Chainkua Reindorf: Unruly Artworks

The artist talks about the Venice Biennale, her multiperspective practice, and her interest in masquerade cultures.

Photography by Paul Kodio

Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale Africaine de la Photographie

Ousmane Diarra Shares his Meditations on the Biennale

The distinguished author looks back on a year of turmoil: on coups, wars and embargos, but also on artistic connection with the world.

Brandon Gercara. Photo: Sef Younes

Installation View

5th International Biennale of Casablanca

Entitled The Words Create Images, the fifth edition takes place in two stages. Find some first impression of part one here on C&.

(left) Amoako Boafo. Photo Robert Wedemeyer. (right) The exterior of dot.ateliers in Accra, image courtesy of Edem J. Tamakloe.

News

Amoako Boafo Launches dot.ateliers in Accra

The artist opens a residency space with a gallery, studio, café and art library, designed by Sir David Adjaye to support the country's art scene.

C&’s Highlights of 2022 You Might Want to Read Again

Best of 2022

C&’s Highlights of 2022 You Might Want to Read Again

From the major art events that have shaped this year to a joyful celebration of Black lives and art: these are the editors favourite picks of 2022.

Amira Hanafi, A dictionary of the revolution. Vocabulary box (2014). Courtesy the Artist.

Casablanca International Bienniale

The Many Languages of Contemporary Art

The biennial explores the links between various art forms and makes way for visual narratives that challenge established storytelling.

Julien Creuzet. Photo: Viginie Ribaut

News

Julien Creuzet Will Represent France at the Venice Biennale 2024

The French-Caribbean visual artist and poet will propose a totally new project for the French Pavilion.

Installation View

Installation View

While we are embattled – Group Show

Take a look at the exhibition at Para Site featuring the C& Center of Unfinished Business, curated by Nomaduma Rosa Masilela and Thiago de Paula Souza

(left) Veronica Ryan. Photo: Holly Falconer (right) Turner Prize 2022: Veronica Ryan. Installation view at Tate Liverpool, 2022. Photography: Matt Greenwood

News

Turner Prize Goes to Sculptor Veronica Ryan

The £25,000 prize honours Ryan's "personal and poetic way she extends the language of sculpture", to be seen at Tate Liverpool until 19 March 2023.

Dominique Fontaine (left), Photo: Kétiana Bello; and Miguel A. López (right), Photo: Daniela Morales

News

Toronto Biennale Reveals Co-Curators for the 2024 Edition

Dominique Fontaine and Miguel A. López co-curating the Toronto Biennale's third edition taking place from September 21 - December 1, 2024.

Brandon Gercara, Lip sync of thought, performance/installation, speeches by Asma Lamrabet, Françoise Vergès, Elsa Dorlin, FRAC REUNION Collection, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Casablanca International Bienniale

Brandon Gercara: “I have the impression of being in a permanent state of displacement”

For the Casablanca Biennale, the artist explores feminist propositions as a tool for achieving emancipation and better ways of living together.

Installation View of

In Conversation

Wana Udobang: Exploring the Impacts of Shared Confessions

The Lagos-based artist invites audiences to share their innermost secrets in her mobile exhibition Dirty Laundry.

(Clockwise) May al-Ibrashy, María Medrano,  Alain Gomis, Hassan Darsi, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Ailton Krenak.

News

First Prince Claus Impact Awardees Announced

Ailton Krenak, María Medrano, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, May al-Ibrashy, Hassan Darsi and Alain Gomis are the first-ever winners of this new award.

Left to right: Sylvester Thamsanqa (Thami) Majela, Msaki, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana (Theatre Duo), Linda Sikhakhane, Billy Langa (Theatre Duo), LADY SKOLLIE, and Koleka Putuma. Photographer: Themba Mokase

News

2022 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners Announced

The award celebrates South African artists and alongside awardees in theatre, poetry, dance, jazz and music, LADY SKOLLIE wins for Visual Arts.

Everlyn Nicodemus. Photo by Joyce Marshall; Scottish National Gallery Modern One. Photo by Keith Hunter

News

Everlyn Nicodemus and National Galleries of Scotland Win 7th Freelands Award

The Award enables a UK arts institution to present a solo exhibition by a woman artist who may not have received the recognition it deserves.

STAN DOUGLAS, VIEW OF “AN DER ALTEN ZAUCHE” WITH PLATTENBAUTEN, HOCHHÄUSERN AND THE TWIN SMOKESTACKS OF KOHLEHEIZWERK REHBRÜCKE, AM SCHLAATZ, 1994/95, FROM THE SERIES POTSDAMER SCHREBERGÄRTEN, 15 PARTS. HASSO PLATTNER COLLECTION, © STAN DOUGLAS, COURTESY THE ARTIST, VICTORIA MIRO AND DAVID ZWIRNER

Installation View

Stan Douglas: Potsdamer Schrebergärten

With its inaugural exhibition "Potsdamer Schrebergärten" by Stan Douglas, DAS MINSK opened its doors to the public in August 2022 in Potsdam, Germany.

Rita Ouédraogo. Photo: Anne Lakeman; Azu Nwagbogu. Photo: Paul Odigie

News

Rita Ouédraogo and Azu Nwagbogu Are the First Curators of Buro Stedelijk

The two curators applied for the vacancy as a duo and will take up their position as heads of the new Amsterdam space on December 1, 2022.

Photo: C&

News

Terra Foundation for American Art funds C& Critical Writing Workshops and C& Mentoring Program in 2023

C& facilitates writing workshops for young art writers since 2016, in 2023 they will take place in Atlanta and Dallas, United States.

Dafe Oboro and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński

News

Dafe Oboro and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński Win Access Bank ART X Prize 2022/23

Filmmaker and Photographer, Dafe Oboro, wins Nigeria Award, and Artist, Writer and Researcher, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, wins the Africa/Diaspora Award

cameron clayborn. nothing left to be, Exhibition view Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, September 15, 2022-January 22, 2023, © cameron clayborn, Courtesy Simone Subal Gallery, New York, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Thomas Bruns

In Conversation

cameron clayborn: “It is always about trying to harness energy”

Magnus Rosengarten met up with the artist to talk about the body, emotional landscapes, parents, and how all this comes together in their work.

The Women's Museum team delivering a community workshop in Gwembe Valley, Southern Province, Zambia.

Zambian Women’s History Museum

On How to Protect Women’s Stories

A digital museum wants to preserve Zambian culture from a female perspective and make it accessible for a broader audience.

Monika E. Kazi, Performance, Transplantation Gallery space in Montparnasse, before the exhibition hanging of

Transplantation

New Perspectives on Past and Present Paris

Amandine Nana has opened a mobile cultural space that engages with Black art practices in contemporary and historical contexts.

Art History Institute (KHI) of Freie Universität Berlin (FU), streetview. Source: Jonah Langkau

Open Letter

Decolonial Visions at the Institute of Art History of Freie Universität Berlin

The Student Working Group for an Anti-racist and Anti-Colonial Art History of Freie Universität Berlin has written an open letter. Read it here.

Jerry Buhari, 408 Journals of NEPA, 2022. Mixed media on paper
30 × 22 in | 76.2 × 55.9 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Nigerian Modernism

Jerry Buhari’s Discovery of Landscapes of the Soul

In his three-decade-long practice and through the use of varied media, Buhari has intimately reflected on himself and his sociopolitical environment.

Untitled photograph-Old Benoni Location (circa 1950), Torrance Ngilima as part of Eja radini (2019), Madeyoulook.

documenta fifteen

Serine Ahefa Mekoun Dives into the Wisdom and Validity of Works of Art

Our author highlights the inspiring artistic positions of this year’s documenta that took place from 8 June to 25 September 2022 in Kassel, Germany.

Sa Sa Reading room. Photo: Serine Mekoun

Inside the Library

Sa Sa Art Projects Reading Room, Phnom Penh

Featured this time in connection with the project #weavingnetworks with documenta fifteen: Sa Sa Art Projects' reading room in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Common Life, Zimbabwe and Uganda, Drawing by Charity Atukunda

Common Life

A Blueprint for Common Living

Researchers and arts initiatives collaborate to investigate overlaps between arts and community organization in Africa.

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, All my Emos, 2022. Courtesy  of Norval Foundation

News

Shortlist for The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2023 Revealed

30 artists are shortlisted for the second edition of the art prize, which includes a cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Norval Foundation.

Performance by Sarah Ndele

7th Lubumbashi Biennale

ToxiCity: A Horizontal Collective Biennale

Costa Tshinzam visited the Biennale that is held “unmistakably horizontal and collective” until November 6, 2022 under the artistic direction of Picha

G.A.S. Buildings in Lagos and Ikise. Photography by Andrew Esiebo. Images © G.A.S. Foundation and Andrew Esiebo

News

Yinka Shonibare Launches G.A.S Foundation in Lagos

G.A.S is an non-profit project with two major new Nigeria-based creative hubs dedicated to art, design, architecture, agriculture and ecology.

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, Blues for the Martyrs, 2022. Oil on canvas, 203 x 300cm. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Mohamed Noureldin Abdallah Ahmed. © Kamala Ibrahim Ishag.

Installation View

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag: States of Oneness

The exhibition of pioneering Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag celebrates the breadth and importance of her work spanning from the 1960s to today.

Frederick Ebenezer Okai, Fie, 2021. Courtesy the artist. Installation View of Earthy Structures and Contingent Breakthroughs at Gyamadudu Museum, Ghana.

Redefining Pottery

Frederick Ebenezer Okai Investigates the Possibilities of Clay

The artist’s solo exhibition explores his relationship with the earth and how his pottery is woven into the complex structures of Ghanaian society.

Art and the City

Exploring the Complexities of Urban Spaces

Different experiences and identities form a city. Joseph Omoh Ndukwu writes about how art examines the interior spaces of urban belonging.

Arsène Mpiana. Description: The Biennale crowd/partakers in front of the slag heap/terril of the former Gécamines mining site.

Lubumbashi Biennale

Picha Collective Responses to Gloria Mpanga’s opinion piece

Find here a response by the curators of the 7th Lubumbashi Biennale to our author’s critical piece, published ahead of the opening.

Hady Barry, Azi and Adjéla, from the series Wearing the Inside Out, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Photography

Hady Barry and Her Intimate Gaze on Friendship and Motherhood

The very personal photographic series "Wearing the Inside Out" by Hady Barry captures the lives of the Guinean artist’s extended family and friends.

Dekoloniale Berlin Installation View, 2022 © Damian Charles

Installation View

Dekoloniale 2022 Residency Works

Dekoloniale Berlin presents an exhibition by Lulu Jemimah, Maya Alam and Vitjitua Ndjiharine,…

Screenshot network connections with Lagos © ifa/eflux

News

ifa Launches OtherNetwork – a Digital Platform for Independent Art Spaces

OtherNetwork will go online end of October as digital platform that networks independent art spaces and art projects around the world.

By Imani Jacqueline Brown

In Conversation

Imani Jacqueline Brown: What remains at the ends of the earth?

The artist and activist talks about the importance of ecological resistance and how it connects to our ancestors through the earth.

Guerrilla Girls, 3 White Women, 1 Woman Of Color And No Men Of Color-Out Of 71 Artists?(Detail), 1997. Paper, Offset print, 10,7 x 15 cm. © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln. Courtesy of the Museum Ludwig, Grafische Sammlung

In Conversation

Eboa Itondo: “One of the biggest challenges lies in institutional staffing practice”

C& talked to the recently appointed head of the Graphics Collection at Museum Ludwig about her strategies, visions, and wishes.

Ruth Ige on Blackness, Abstraction, and the Color Blue

In Conversation

Ruth Ige on Blackness, Abstraction, and the Color Blue

The artist talks about making art that is hard to decipher and the importance of portraying Blackness.

Rencontres de Bamako

News

Bamako Encounters Announce New Dates, Venues and Concept

In 5 chapters and with 75 artists from the African world, the 13th Rencontres de Bamako will be held from December 8, 2022 to February 8, 2023.

'Fallen Crucifix' (Detail), Variable Dimension _Paul Wade ©Nyadzombe Nyampenza

Reintroducing Paul Wade

At National Gallery of Zimbabwe, the Retrospective of Paul Wade Marks Another Milestone

Nyadzombe Nyampenza looks at the exhibition that reflects his unstoppable interest in making art and his ongoing influence on the country’s art scene.

Pamela Z, Ars Electronica, 2008. Photo: Rubra.

News

Pamela Z Awarded 2022 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

Composer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist Pamela receives the 100K USD prize that includes a residency at MIT in fall 2022.

(Clockwise): Taofeek Badru (Nigeria), Malebogo Naticia Molokoane (South Africa), Chelsea Selvan (South Africa) and Gandor Collins (Ghana). All images courtesy of Absa.

News

Pan-African Absa L’Atelier Initiative Announces Winners

After receiving a record number of registrations, the jury awarded Chelsea Selvan, Gandor Collins, Taofeek Badru and Malebogo Naticia Molokoane.

Picha ASBL. Preparations for the 7th Lubumbashi Biennale. Courtesy of Nicolas, Photographer of the Biennale.

Biennale de Lubumbashi

A View of the Postcolonial World at the 7th Lubumbashi Biennale

In the run-up to the Biennale, C& mentee Gloria Mpanga takes a critical look at its relevance, history and curatorial concept.

Installation view of

Erotic Empiricism

Ranti Bam Is Searching for Common Ground

In her first solo show the artist displays her delicate and tender clay hearths, and here she offers her insights on the commons and spirituality.

The Africa Centre Interior. Photo: Felix Speler

Cultural Charity

The Return of the Africa Centre in London

Years after the Africa Centre in Covent Garden closed, its recently refurbished Southwark building reflects current connections to the continent.

[curators of the 35th Bienal, from left to right: Hélio Menezes, Grada Kilomba, Diane Lima and Manuel Borja-Villel © Levi Fanan/Fundação Bienal de São Paulo]

News

São Paulo Biennale Announces Title and Theme

Entitled "choreographies of the impossible", the Biennale is an "invitation to radical imaginations" and will take place in autumn 2023.

(left) vanessa german. Photo: Joshua Franzos; (right) Cauleen Smith. Photo: Joshua Franzos

News

27th Heinz Awards for the Arts Honors vanessa german and Cauleen Smith

The Heinz Family Foundation recognizes the artists for their enduring impact in the arts with its coveted award of $250.000.

A work by Ralph Lemon included in the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Photo: Whitney Museum.

News

2022 Bucksbaum Award Goes to Ralph Lemon

The interdisciplinary artist is the recipient of the 2022 Bucksbaum Award for his outstanding contribution to the history of American art.

Senga Nengudi. Photo: Ron Pollard. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Gallery

News

Senga Nengudi is Recipient of the 2023 Nasher Prize

American artist Senga Nengudi receives the prestigious $100,000 award presented by the Nasher Sculpture Center for genre-expanding sculpture.

Hambre Publications. Courtesy of Hambre.

#weavingnetworks

Thoughts on Collective Archives

The collectives Hambre, Kayfa ta, Jatiwangi art Factory, and the Black Archives discuss perspectives on collective publishing and archiving.

La Impresora, Installation View exhibition documenta fifteen, 2022. Courtesy of La Impresora.

#weavingnetworks

Amplifying the Voices of Local Communities

The collectives LA IMPRESORA, Más Arte Más Acción, Jalada Africa, and Sa Sa Art Projects talk about collaborative publishing and sharing practices.

(Clockwise) Karimah Ashadu. Portrait by Aigberadion Israel Ikhazuangbe; Film Still Detail

News

Prize of the Böttcherstraße 2022 goes to Karimah Ashadu

The artist Karimah Ashadu wins one of the most renowned art prizes in the German-speaking world for her film installation "Cowboy".

Gerard Sekoto, Song of the Pick, 1947, huile sur carton, Courtesy South 32 Collection, dépôt à Javett Arts Centre, Pretoria © ADAGP, Paris 2022

Globalisto: A Philosophy in Flux

Mo Laudi’s Take on Pan-Africanism

The exhibition Globalisto: A Philosophy in Flux at MAMC+ shares observations on translocality and cultural hybridity.

Ijeoma Loren Uche-Okeke in April 2022 at the opening of

News

Ijeoma Loren Uche-Okeke (1972 – 2022)

Ijeoma Uche-Okeke, curator and director of Asele Institute, has passed away.

Tony Cokes. Fragments, or just Moments
Installationsansicht / Installation view
Haus der Kunst, 2022
Photo: Maximilian Geuter

Installation View

Tony Cokes: Fragments, or just Moments

Haus der Kunst is hosting Germany’s first solo show of the artist Tony Cokes who is becoming one of the most important, post-conceptual artists.

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré. Le Dieu Solaire APIS (Égyptien) me présente, ici, l’aspect d’un message pictographique que j’essaie d’interpréter à ma façon, au verso du tableau from Connaissance du monde. 1991. Colored pencil and ballpoint pen on board, 6 ⅜ × 12 ⅜” (16.2 × 31.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Jean Pigozzi Collection of African Art. © 2022 Family of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

World Unbound

With Substance and Context against Misinterpretation: Fédéric Bruly Bouabré’s Retrospective at MoMa

The exhibition pays Ivory Coast’s most significant 20th-century artist long-overdue appreciation and manifests his importance within art history.

Sammy Baloji, …AND TO THOSE NORTH SEA WAVES WHISPERING SUNKEN STORIES (II), 2021, installation view, 12th Berlin Biennale, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, 11.6.–18.9.2022, photo: dotgain.info

In Conversation

Marie Hélène Pereira: “I’m very fond of conversations that take you out of the over-intellectualization of things”

Magnus Elias Rosengarten met up with the co-curator of the Berlin Biennale to talk about real encounters, global challenges, and inspirations.

Clockwise: By Gloria Kiconco, Yina Jiménez Suriel, Serine Ahefa Mekoun and Russel Hlongwane

Out now! New Print Issues: C& and documenta fifteen

The Stuff That New Networks Are Made Of

Ann Mbuti looks behind the scenes of a joint project between C& and documenta fifteen that has resulted in four very unique print issues.

Rindon Johnson Receives Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture 2022

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Rindon Johnson Receives Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture 2022

Johnson's art practice blurs the lines between sculpture, photography, performance, poetry and virtual reality, fusing language with art.

Victor Fotso Nyie. Installation View, SEDIMENTS. After Memory @ Mattatoio, Roma 2022 © SPAZIO GRIOT. Photo: Elia Buonora

Installation View

SEDIMENTS. After Memory

At Mattatoio in Rome, the group exhibition reflects on the hypermodern (dis)order of the world and examines the question of what will remain.

Oumar Ball, Installation View Biennale Internationale de Sculpture de Ouagadougou 2021. Courtesy of Jérôme Legrand.

In Conversation

Nyaba Léon Ouédraogo on the Biennale Internationale de Sculpture de Ouagadougou

Louise Thurin speaks to the Burkinabe photographer and co-founder to recapitulate the history and importance of the initiative launched in 2018.

Lubaina Himid by Magda Stawarska Beavan

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Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize Goes to Lubaina Himid

Himid will present a solo exhibition in Austin and later New York, including an exhibition publication and public programming.

Lerato Nkosi. Courtesy of Latitudes.

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Lerato Nkosi Wins First ANNA Award

Lerato Nkosi’s entry for the ANNA Award features words inspired by Bell Hooks’ All About Love and is endowed with a cash prize and a residency.

Elisia Nghidishange, Ancestor Caller, 2020.  15. Triennial Kleinplastik Fellbach, 2022, Photo: Peter Hartung

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15th Triennial of Small Sculpture Fellbach

The Triennale curated by Elke aus dem Moore brings together more than 50 artists from all over the world to look at the the vitality of things.

Stéphané E. Conradie, kroon, 2017, Fotografie, Courtesy: Stéphané E. Conradie, Foto: Strauss Louw

15th Triennial Kleinplastik Fellbach

Stéphané Edith Conradie Receives Triennial Young Artists Award

The inaugural Young Artist Award of Fellbach Triennale goes to artist Stéphané Edith Conradie for her ornate sculptures and prints.

Performance by Azazou Show. Photo: Costa Tshinzam

2nd Yango Biennial of Kinshasa

Toko zela lobi te: A Biennale Fed Up with Waiting for Tomorrow

Costa Tshinzam has attended the second edition of a long-awaited biennial that has managed to put itself back on the world map of artistic events.

Diasporic Library. Photo: Serine Mekoun

Inside the Library

The Diasporic Library, Brussels

Take a look into libraries and collections holding some of the rarer and often forgotten publications - this time: The Diasporic Library, Brussels.

Setting Up The Scott House for the event, Credit : Daakpe Studios

ARCHITECTURE IS A PARTY

Challenging the Perception of Preservation in Accra’s Architecture

A event night in Ghana’s capital addressed issues of public spaces and architectural history from unconventional perspectives.

Susana Pilar, “Dibujo intercontinental [Intercontinental drawing]”, 2017. Performance   Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano. © Susana Pilar. Photo: Marnix van den Berg

12th Berlin Biennale

Susana Pilar Delahante: Reclaiming Space through Performance

A chat with Cuban artist Susana Pilar Delahante about her career and the work she presented at the 12th Berlin Biennale.

(Left) Yvonne Vacha, Detail. (right) Natalie Perkof, Detail. Courtesy the artists.

In Conversation

Natalie Perkof and Yvonne Vacha on being Black Czech Artists

In a conversation with each other, the two reflect on their experiences as Black artists in the Czech Republic.

Selom Kudjie (in black), Artistic Director SCCA Tamale giving Ugandan artists a tour of A diagnosis of Time: Unlearn What You Have Learned.

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Ghana Exchange Program “Travel Somewhere Nice” Launches Second Edition

Curators and cultural producers from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania visit three cities in Ghana: Accra, Kumasi and Tamale in August 2022.

By Latitudes ANNA Award Finalist Lerato Nkosi

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First ANNA Award Finalists are Announced

Out of 12 finalists, the ANNA Award selection committee will select the winner, who will be announced on August 10, 2022.

Cynthia Aurora Brannvall: The Threads that Bind … was on view March 30 - June 12, 2022
Cynthia Aurora Brannvall, The Threads That Bind a Nation, 2020. Vintage and antique textiles painted on stretched crinoline, white thread in long stitches. 36 × 58 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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MoAD Expands its Emerging Artists Program

A new grant will support a juried competition that selects four local Black artists per year for a solo show at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

ARTSPLIT App launches MOCONA – Auction for Art from Nigeria

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ARTSPLIT App launches MOCONA – Auction for Art from Nigeria

This first-of-its-kind auction, titled Ode to Mastery, will feature five prominent Nigerian artists who are key drivers of the contemporary art scene.

Globalisto. A Philosophy in flux.

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Globalisto. A Philosophy in flux.

The group show at MAMC+ invites artists who invent new worlds, question the status quo of the current modality and critique power systems.

Laboratoire Kontempo, Film still

In Conversation

Laboratoire Kontempo Embraces the Art of Conflict

The founders of the Kinshasa based art project speak about artistic complexities and concepts of the foreign.

Installation View of Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music at Belvedere, Vienna, 2022. Photo: Johannes Stoll, Courtesy of Österreichische Museum für Schwarze Unterhaltung und Black Music (ÖMSUBM).

Installation View

Austrian Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music

The Museum gathers stories of Black artists and entertainers who rose to prominence in what has been a predominantly white entertainment industry.

El Hadji Sy, Installation View, Selebe Yoon, 2022.

Installation View

El Hadji Sy: Now / Naaw

El Hadji Sy's works, on view at Selebe Yoon in Dakar, are made with a variety of materials blurring boundaries between functionality and aesthetics.

Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, photography by Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

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Sam Gilliam (1933-2022)

Sam Gilliam, one of the great innovators in postwar American painting, has passed away.

CCA Lagos, view From Front. Courtesy CCA Lagos.

Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos and Sotheby’s

Bisi Silva’s CCA Lagos is the Subject of a Major Revamp

With over 1 million dollars raised at a Sotheby’s CCA Lagos Benefit auction, one of Nigeria’s most respected art institutions is getting a major rehab

CAP Prize Announces 2022 Winners

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CAP Prize Announces 2022 Winners

Amina Kadous, Remofiloe Nomandla Mayisela, Lee-Ann Olwage, Mahefa Dimbiniaina Randrianarivelo, and 
Pamela Tulizo…

Fondation Festival sur le Niger. Installation view at documenta fifteen, Kassel. Photo: C&

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documenta fifteen

Ruangrupa takes lumbung as the starting point of documenta fifteen: principles of collectivity, resource building and equitable distribution.

The five visual artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award. Top row: Azza El Siddique (Ontario); Second row, from left: Tyshan Wright (Atlantic), Stanley Février (Quebec); Third row:  Divya Mehra (Prairies & North); Bottom row: Krystle Silverfox (West Coast & Yukon).

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Five Artists Shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award

Representing the five regions of Canada, Tyshan Wright, Stanley Février, Azza El Siddique, Divya Mehra and Krystle Silverfox are listed for the prize.

Gideon Appah’s Forgotten, Nudes, Landscapes: Remembering and Remaking

Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

Gideon Appah’s Forgotten, Nudes, Landscapes: Remembering and Remaking

Gideon Appah paints between memory and fantasy, referencing a Ghana of the 1950s to 1980s, helping us – perhaps – to imagine a new vision.

Critical Writing Workshop Participant in Lubumbashi, 2017. Photo: Mustache Muhanya

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C& Mentoring Program Enters a new Round

Our mentors Fadzai Muchemwa, Enos Nyamor, Miriane Peregrino, and Costa Tshinzam selected four new mentees for 2022.

documenta fifteen

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documenta fifteen

Running for 100 days through 25 September, the 15th edition of documenta in Kassel, Germany, opens its door. Find some first impressions here.

Nontsikelelo Mutiti, (center) Portrait by Jasper Kettner; (right) Box Braid Study, 2014, Archival Inkjet Print, 20 x 16 inches.

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Nontsikelelo Mutiti Appointed Director of Graphic Design at Yale School of Art

Mutiti is a designer, visual artist, and educator with a deep interest in community engagement. She will take over her new position in August.

DOXANTU. Performing arts Precy Numbi, Mucyo, Peintre Obu, Laura Nsengiyumva. Production : Isabelle N’diaye.

Dak’art Biennale 2022

Out of the Fire: The Postcolony Will Rise

Isabelle N’diaye on the biennial that aims to create the conditions to forge realms out of fire and in action.

12th Berlin Biennale: Still Present!

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12th Berlin Biennale: Still Present!

With its political profile, the current edition of the Berlin Biennale takes place from June 11 to September 18, 2022, and is curated by Kader Attia.

Françoise Vergès: Artists can translate Hope and Anger into Art-Dreams

12th Berlin Biennale

Françoise Vergès: Artists can translate Hope and Anger into Art-Dreams

An interview with the political scientist, film producer, curator, activist, and educator on her participation at the 12th Berlin Biennale.

Ibrahim Mahama on his first visit at the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

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Ibrahim Mahama Appointed Artistic Director of the 35th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts

The artists will explore the history between Ghana and former Yugoslavia, to (re-) establish connections the local Slovenian and international artists

Javett-UP Launches Collaborative Platform SCENORAMA

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Javett-UP Launches Collaborative Platform SCENORAMA

The project is a platform for artistic experimentation and new commissions connected to pan-African experiences.

Immanuel Wilkins - The 7th Hand (Blue Note Records)

In Conversation

Immanuel Wilkins: Bridging the Gap Between Music and Art

The saxophonist and composer from Philadelphia speaks about his new album and how visual art informs his music.

Alberta Whittle, Purebred Monkel, Installation view  at the Scottish pavilion in the 59th Venice biennale

Venice Biennale

Unpacking the Milk of Dreams

Mia Harrison on how the exhibition became a platform for womxn artists to articulate, build, and contextualize their individual and collective dreams.

Robert Nzaou Kissolo, Louzolo, 2022.

News

CAP PRIZE 2022 Shortlist Announced

The five winners of the 10th CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography 2022…

High school students visiting the exhibition during Youth Week. Municipal Foyer, Lolodorf. Photo: Christine Eyene, 2022.

Giving Back to the Continent

Bikoka Art Project: A New Art Initiative in the South Province of Cameroon

We talk to Christine Eyene, curator and initiator of the contemporary art project founded in 2022 in Lolodorf, Cameroon.

Lac Rose, Installation View at the 14th Dakar Biennale, 2022. Photo: Roseline Olang' Odhiambo

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14th Dakar Biennale 2022: Palais de Justice

Here are some installation views of the 14th Dakar Biennale taking place from…

Photo courtesy of Tegene Kunbi⁠

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Tegene Kunbi Receives Dak’Art Main Prize

The Grand Prix Léopold Sédar SENGHOR goes to Ethiopian artist Tegene Kunbi at the opening of the 14th Biennial of Contemporary African Art 2022.

Image: Amira Hanafi, Vocabulary Box, 2014

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Casablanca Biennale Announced New Dates

Taking place in two stages, exhibitions and events will run from 17 November to 17 December 2022 and from 9 February to 11 March 2023.

Down in Napak, 2020, Installation View, Courtesy of Afriart Gallery

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AfriArt Gallery

THK Gallery. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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THK Gallery

Richard Saltoun Gallery, London. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Richard Saltoun Gallery

Gallery 1957. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Gallery 1957

Retro Africa. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Retro Africa

Nil Gallery. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Nil Gallery

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

HOA Galeria. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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HOA Galeria

Foreign Agent. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Foreign Agent

Fridman Gallery. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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Fridman Gallery

50 Golborne. Courtesy of the Gallery.

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50 Golborne

Spacecraft_KT, Fabrication d#un fablab mobile: a prototype of a mobile fablab for arts, Dak'art OFF, 2018. Kër Thoissane. Photo: C&

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14th Dakar Biennale: The OFF Program

To follow up on the 350 private initiatives that make up the "OFF", you can find the maps and a small selection here.

Adéọlá Naomi Adérè̩mí, Aurélie, 2021. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation

Adéọlá Naomi Adérè̩mí: I Am Afro Greek

The filmmaker upholds experiences of being Black and Greek and creates an archive for the community and for generations to come.

Abdoulaye Konaté, 'Composition 3', (Detail) bazin teint, 228x146cm, 2012

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Dak’Art Announces Theme and Program

With Ĩ Ndaffa, the fourteenth edition of the Dakar Biennale calls for the transmutation of concepts and the foundation of new meanings.

Amakaba, introduction video (still), 2021. Courtesy of Amakaba.

In Conversation

Tabita Rezaire: “I prefer to stand for things I believe in”

In 2020, in the midst of the Amazon forest in French Guiana, artist Tabita Rezaire founded a space for spiritual being and creative exchange.

Acaye Kerunen. Installation view of the Uganda Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. Photo: C&

59th Venice Biennale

What a Uganda Pavilion in Venice Means to Ugandans

It has received a special mention for its inaugural pavilion in Venice, yet Uganda’s global art venture has just begun, writes author Gloria Kiconco.

70 artists,

La Biennale di Venezia

Why the Venice Biennale Model Is Obsolete

With the national pavilion model, the Venice Biennale masquerades provincialism as worldliness. And it’s Global South artists who pay the price.

Concerned Members of the Namibian Arts Community: It is a One-dimensional Problematic Pavilion

In Conversation

Concerned Members of the Namibian Arts Community: It is a One-dimensional Problematic Pavilion

We talked to the collective that is questioning the selection process and intentions…

Photo: Derrick Beasley

News

Lauren Haynes Appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs at Queens Museum

Haynes joins the Queens Museum from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to start in mid-July.

Les ateliers de la Pensée @ Dakar Museum of Black Civilizations. Photo: Guillaume Bassinet

Les Ateliers de la Pensée

Forging Ecologies of Knowledge, in Between Arts and Sciences

The 4th Les ateliers de la Pensée brought together artists and intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora at the Dakar Museum of Black Civilizations

(left) Simone Leigh. Foto: Shaniqwa Jarvis/Courtesy of the Simone Leigh and Hauser & Wirth via Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art/AP/dpa. (right) Sonia Boyce, commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion 2022. Image: Cristiano Corte © British Council

59th Venice Biennale

Golden Lion to Simone Leigh and Sonia Boyce

The prestigious award goes to Leigh for her participation in the main show and to Boyce's British Pavilion, special mentions to Uganda and France.

Zineb Sedira, Les rêves n'ont pas de titre/ Dreams have no titles, 2022. Installation view of the France Pavilion at 59th Venice Biennale. Photo: C&

Installation View: 59th Venice Biennale

Pavilions of France, Great Britain, Uganda and USA

Find some impressions of the pavilions and artists' work that have been honored at the 59th Venice Biennale here.

The Milk of Dreams at Central Pavilion, Pavilions of Brasil, Suisse, South Africa and Ghana

Installation View: 59th Venice Biennale

The Milk of Dreams at Central Pavilion, Pavilions of Brasil, Suisse, South Africa and Ghana

Here we share some installation views of the art work we spotted during the opening week at the Pavilions of the 59th Venice Biennale.

The Milk of Dreams at Arsenale, Pavilion of Zimbabwe and Ocean Space

Installation View: 59th Venice Biennale

The Milk of Dreams at Arsenale, Pavilion of Zimbabwe and Ocean Space

Here are some installation views of the 59th Venice Biennale taking place from 23 April to 27 November 2022 curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Joy Labinjo, Terra Firma VI, 2022. Oil on canvas, 180 x 250 cm. Courtesy Tiwani Contemporary.

Full Ground

Tiwani Gallery Debuts in Lagos with Joy Labinjo Show

The London gallery opening is one of the several recent art highlights in the Nigerian capital including Yinka Shonibare’s newly launched foundation

Clockwise: © Veronica Ryan. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert; Ingrid Pollard. Photo Emile Holbar; Heather Phillipson. Photograph by Rory Van Millingen; Sin Wai Kin crop by Vic Lentaigne

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Turner Prize Announces Finalists in 2022

Among two other artists, Ingrid Pollard and Veronica Ryan are on the shortlist for this year's Turner Prize.

Carrie Mae Weems, The Push, The Call, The Scream, The Dream, 2020. Installation View at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2022. Photo: Hans D. Christ

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

Carrie Mae Weems Investigates US History through James Baldwin

The US artist’s first solo and retrospective exhibition in Germany takes the name of a Baldwin essay and features a variety of media.

Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Brown Paper Envelope Test, 2021, HD Video, 7mins 36 secs.

In Conversation

Tobi Alexandra Falade: Inspired From (Un)Usual Spaces

The curator tells C& about an exhibition of Rosa-Johan Uddoh’s films, libraries as exhibition spaces, and Britain’s colonial legacy.

Sonia Boyce. Photo: Sarah Weal.

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Sonia Boyce Represents UK in Venice

Being the first Black woman to represent Britain, Boyce’s will show a multi-media installation comprising video, sound, wallpaper and sculptures.

Gabrielle Camuset: Transforming the Narrative

In Conversation

Gabrielle Camuset: Transforming the Narrative

The curator and researcher features three Moroccan artists in her current exhibition who challenge monotone perspectives of their country.

Christine Eyene. Photo: Aliyah Leger.

News

Christine Eyene Joins LJMU and Tate Liverpool

The curator and art historian has been appointed Lecturer in Contemporary Art at Liverpool University and Research Curator at Tate Liverpool.

Installation View

When Rain Clouds Gather

Archives of Womanhood and Blackness in South Africa

This exhibition at Norval Foundation shows a detailed history of pioneering Black South African female artists from 1940 to 2000.

Prince Claus Fund Names Mentees for Educational Programme Building Beyond

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Prince Claus Fund Names Mentees for Educational Programme Building Beyond

12 artists from 9 African countries will jointly reflect on the future of cities and communities to find and push forward new urban agendas.

(left to right) Lulu Jemimah photo by Maria Carranza; Maya Alam, Photo credits: © AlamProfeta; Vitjitua Ndjiharine by Akademie Schloss Solitude/Frank Kleinbach

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Residents for Dekoloniale Berlin Announced

Dekoloniale and C& choose Lulu Jemimah, Maya Alam and Vitjitua Ndjiharine for the 2022 residencies in Writing, Architecture and Design.

Gladys Kalichini, Portrait © Kelvin Haizel; ... these practices are done in sharing her stories, 2020, four-channel video, photograph by Arthur Debert; Retitled: Untitled, 2018, outdoor voile installation, photograph by Gladys Kalichini

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Gladys Kalichini Wins Henrike Grohs Art Award 2022

For her "melancholic meditation on Zambia’s colonial and postcolonial histories", visual artist Kalichini wins the prize in memory of Henrike Grohs.

Jadé Fadojutimi: Yet, Another Pathetic Fallacy

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Jadé Fadojutimi: Yet, Another Pathetic Fallacy

The exhibition at ICA Miami highlights Fadojutimi's wide range of techniques, her complex emotions and the inspiration she takes from her environment.

Camille Turner, Nave, 2021-2022, 00:12:34 (H:M:S), three-channel 3840 x 2160 video installation. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. On view at Small Arms Inspection Building, Mississauga, ON as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenschied. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.

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Camille Turner Receives TBA Artist Prize

The Toronto Biennale of Art honored Camille Turner, whose work reveals colonial Canada's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

What Are the Stakes of Representing Art from Africa in Dubai?

Opening of Efiɛ Gallery

What Are the Stakes of Representing Art from Africa in Dubai?

As the first African-owned art gallery in the UAE, Efiɛ may have to interrogate existing cultural legacies in the region, writes Nantume Violet.

Cultura persa e imparata a memoria, Adji Dieye, 25 February 2022

Installation View

Adji Dieye: Culture Lost and Learned by Heart

At ar/ge art, Adji Dieye shows works that began with archival research in Senegal to look at the country's post-independent situation.

Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa

News

Fadzai Muchemwa Appointed Curator at National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Writer an Curator Fadzai Muchemwa will take the curatorial lead of Contemporary Art at one of Harare's oldest and most important art museums.

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré. « GBRÉ=GBLÉ » N° 118 from Alphabet Bété. 1991. Colored pencil, pencil, and ballpoint pen on board, 3 ⅞ × 5 ⅞” (9.8 × 14.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Jean Pigozzi Collection of African Art. © 2022 Family of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Installation View

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: World Unbound

The first exhibition devoted to an Ivorian artist at MoMA presents Bouabré’s artworks from the 1970s until his death in 2014.

Glenn Ligon, Installation View at 16. Istanbul Biennale. Short film

Looking Back

James Baldwin in Istanbul: Art and Activism in Exile

While in Istanbul Baldwin used fierce artistry to unmask the USA’s façade as the custodian of freedom and democracy, explains curator Gürsoy Doğtaş.

Clockwise: Diébédo Francis Kéré, photo courtesy of Lars Borges; Gando Primary School
2001, Gando, Burkina Faso. Photo courtesy of Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk; National Park of Mali, photo courtesy of Francis Kéré

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Diébédo Francis Kéré Receives the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Pioneering in sustainable architecture, Francis Kéré empowers and transforms communities through the process of his work.

James Gregory Atkinson, Zeitkapsel Transformer, 2021, photography, documents, transformer, books, various materials, installation view ‘6 Friedberg-Chicago’, Dortmunder Kunstverein
Courtesy: the artist, Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung, Germericans (Sabrina und Marvin Kuhn), Ika Hügel-Marshall, The Lisbet Tellefsen Collection, Tyrown Vincent, Dortmunder Kunstverein
Photo: Roland Baege

Installation View

James Gregory Atkinson: 6 Friedberg-Chicago

At Dortmunder Kunstverein, Atkinson illuminates a neglected part of African-American–German history on personal, social and political level.

Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust

Installation View

Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust

The show at Kunsthalle Zürich is akin to a park, a landscape that absorbs and surrounds us with the everyday, desire, narrative and countless contrast

Tamary Kudita, That evening sun goes down, 2020. Courtesy the artist.

ArtHARARE 2021

The Particularities of a Place

This edition of artHARARE, navigating through the city and diasporic experiences, allowed reflections on the possibilities of presenting art online.

Manuel Borja-Villel (photo: Joaquín Cortés/Roman Lores), Grada Kilomba

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São Paulo Biennale Reveals Curatorial Collective

Manuel Borja-Villel, Grada Kilomba, Diane Lima, and Hélio Menezes will co-curate the next Biennale taking place in 2023.

Open Letter: “Not Our Namibian Pavilion”

59th Venice Biennale 2022

Open Letter: “Not Our Namibian Pavilion”

We are sharing the open letter by artists and organizations in Namibia, expressing their concern about the National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin © David von Becker; Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk; Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City © faf.berlin; Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy © BStU/Dronebrothers; KW Institute for Contemporary Art © Frank Sperling

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12th Berlin Biennale Revealed Venues

They are Akademie der Künste, Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City, Hamburger Bahnhof, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Stasi Headquarters.

A New Art Award Celebrates Women-Identifying Artists in South Africa

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A New Art Award Celebrates Women-Identifying Artists in South Africa

ANNA and Latitudes, two female-centric South African brands, have joined forces to create an new art award nurture a new generation of women artists.

RENN, “Heading for 1 – big gathering” Number 27, desert stone and steel rod, h.150cm.

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Namibian Pavilion Debuts at 59th Venice Biennale

The National Pavilion of Namibia announces a Land Art project curated by Marco Furio Ferrario.

Valerie Cassel Oliver. Photo: Travis Fullerton.

News

Valerie Cassel Oliver Receives Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence

Currently Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the VMFA, Valerie Cassel Oliver has organized numerous acclaimed exhibitions.

Detail view of Jeremy Toussaint- Baptiste,

In Conversation

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste: Bass is Touch

In his exhibition Set It Off, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste investigates the relationship between sound, Black cultural traditions, and the body

Clockwise: Kyle Malanda, Who Will Bury You? III, 2018. Courtesy the artist; Ja’Tovia Gary, Image from Giverny I (Négresse Impériale), 2018. Courtesy the artist; kate-hers RHEE, And then there were none. ©2013, performance HD video and C-Print photography, courtesy of the artist.

From the Archive

Black (Art) History Month

From the reenactment of art conferences in Africa to South-South collaborations, we revisit articles that examine Blackness in a global art context.

Ronald Muchatuta, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Terrence Musekiwa, Wallen Mapondera, Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa.

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Zimbabwe Pavilion Reveals Artists and Curator for Venice Biennale

Kresiah Mukwazhi, Wallen Mapondera, Terrence Musekiwa and Ronald Muchatuta are part of ‘I did not leave a sign?’ curated by Fadzai Veronica Muchemwa.

Kimberly Drew, Photography by Inez & Vinoodh

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Kimberly Drew Joins Pace as Associate Director

As part of Pace’s global sales team, Drew will work with and support the gallery’s artists, develop strategies, exhibitions, and public programming.

Jepchumba, Practicing some digital painting (Detail), 2021. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation

Nandi: An African-Made NFT Marketplace For the World

Nandi’s aim is to enable economic participation and cultural preservation of African creative content in the age of non-fungible tokens.

Artists Acaye Kerunen and Collin Sekajugo, and curator Shaheen Merali.

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Pavilion of Uganda at Venice Biennale

Under the theme "Radiance - They Dream in Time" curator Shaheen Merali invites Acaye Kerunen and Collin Sekajugo to present their work.

Lebohang Kganye, Phumulani Ntuli and  Roger Ballen. Photos: Marguiritte Rossouw

News

South Africa Announces Team for Venice Biennale

Curated by Amè Bell, South Africa's pavilion will feature works by Lebohang Kganye, Phumulani Ntuli and Roger Ballen.

30 November 2019 : KOP hosts their last event for 2019 at the Third Placein Newtown. The night had two stages, live graffiti art, games and  heavy entertainment. Photography Andiswa Mkosi

Artist Portrait

ANDYMKOSI, Even in Darkness, Makes a Space for Light

The South African photographer presents us with an alternative and joyful portrait of Black experiences on the continent.

Venice Biennale 2022 Reveals Artist List

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Venice Biennale 2022 Reveals Artist List

In the main exhibition "The Milk of Dreams”, curator Cecilia Alemani invited 213 artists to present their work from April 23 to November 27.

Isaac Julien

News

Isaac Julien Receives Goslar Kaiserring 2022

The London-based artist is honored for his sensual and poetic visual narrative that breaks down barriers between different artistic disciplines.

Joy Gregory, from the commission Madam Photo, 2020. Commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other © and courtesy the artist

Responding to the Global Pandemic

A Photographic Reflection on the Self and the Other

In a recent exhibition, the London-based photographic arts organization Autograph ABP addressed multi-perspective takes on Covid by British photograph

Yali Romagoza, Monument to the Great Living Artist, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

A Latin American Universe

What Is “Latinx”?

Aldeide Delgado looks for C&AL into the implications and opportunities of the term “Latinx”.

Khanyisile Mbongwa. Photo: Tatyana Levana

News

Khanyisile Mbongwa Named Curator for Liverpool Biennial

Cape Town-based independent curator, artist and sociologist Khanyisile Mbongwa will curate UK’s largest contemporary visual arts festival in 2023.

Na Chainkua Reindorf, Lara, 2021. Photo: Na Chainkua Reindorf.

News

Ghana Pavilion Announces Exhibition and Artists for Venice

Curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Ghana presents "Black Star: The Museum as Freedom" featuring Na Chainkua Reindorf, Afroscope and Diego Araúja.

Bouba Touré (1948-2022)

News

Bouba Touré (1948-2022)

The photographer and activist passed away on 21 January 2022. 

Installation View of Sane Wadu

Giving Back to the Continent

Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI)

We talk to Michael Armitage, artist and initiator of the non-profit visual art space founded in 2020 in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Portrait by India Roper-Evans

News

Jean-Ulrick Désert Wins Inaugural Wi Di Mimba Wi Prize

AKB Stiftung and SAVVY Contemporary have teamed up to launch this new and long-term commission grant for artists of colour based in Germany.

Hank Willis Thomas, All Power to All People, 2020. Photograph by Albert Yee. Courtesy of the artist and Kindred Arts.

In Conversation

Marsha Reid: Public Sculpture and Cultural Equity

We spoke to the US arts activist about an exhibition in which she invites artists to create public works that question ownership of open spaces.

C& Office and Reading Room Nairobi. Photo: Emmaus Kimani

News

C& Opens a New Office and Reading Room in Nairobi!

Located in one of Nairobi's first mall buildings, the office will host artists, writers and curators and provide a home for ongoing conversations.

Videostill, enorê. Courtesy of the artist.

In Conversation

Brazilian Artist enorê Explores the Creative Language of Data

enorê, whose work challenges the idea of fluidity by connecting digital and non-digital art, speaks to C& about visible and invisible realities.

C&’s Highlights of 2021 You Might Have Missed

Best of 2021

C&’s Highlights of 2021 You Might Have Missed

From the restitution of the Benin Bronzes to the overdue celebration of female artists from Africa; these are some of our most read articles in 2021.

Wilfred Timire and Franklyn Dzingai Win artHARARE Prize

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Wilfred Timire and Franklyn Dzingai Win artHARARE Prize

Zimbabwean emerging artists Wilfred Timire and Franklyn Dzingai are joint winners and will present a solo exhibition at Gallery 1957 in 2022.

Grada Kilomba in cooperation with Kalaf Epalanga, O BARCO / THE BOAT, Perfomance at Boca 2021, Lisbon. Courtesy the artist.

Open Letter

Grada Kilomba and the Venice Biennale 2022

The international arts and culture scene condemns the judging irregularities at the Venice…

El Franco Lee, II, DJ Screw in Heaven 2, 2016. Neon bulb and single-channel audio, 3:04 minutes, 60 x 60 inches. Image and work courtesy the artist.

Let us Mourn in Peace

Global Grief 2021: The Year in Review

Enos Nyamor looks back at a year in the arts marked by collective mourning as a cosmic bond between Africa and the diaspora.

bell hooks

In Memoriam

bell hooks (1952-2021)

The pathbreaking writer died on December 15 at the age of 69 and left us a colossal intellectual heritage.

Christelle Oyiri. Photo: Lucid Interval.

In Conversation

Christelle Oyiri: As a DJ, I see Myself as a Healing Figure

We speak with the Paris-based multidisciplinary artist and DJ about her practice of easing pain and cataloging as a means of maintaining dignity.

Rituel de déplacement de corps - 2019, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan © Dalila Dalléas Bouzar

News

Dalila Dalléas Bouzar Awarded SAM Prize 2021

Algerian artist Dalila Dalléas Bouzar has been awarded the SAM Prize 2021, that includes an exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in 2022.

Joy Gregory, Invisible Life Force of Plants, cyanotype and lumen prints, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

News

Rencontres de Bamako Reveals Artist List for 2022

Roughly 75 artists from Africa and the Global Diaspora have been invited to the next Bamako Encounters, taking place from October to December 2022.

Top left: Đỗ Tường Linh, photo: Xuân Phan; top right: Rasha Salti, photo: Christoph Terhechte; middle: Marie Helene Pereira, photo: Élise Fitte-Duval, bottom left: Noam Segal, photo: Maya Barkai; bottom right: Ana Teixeira Pinto, photo: Adam Berry, transmediale, CC BY-SA 4.0

News

12th Berlin Biennale Announces Artistic Team

Kader Attia selected Ana Teixeira Pinto, Đỗ Tường Linh, Marie Helene Pereira, Noam Segal, and Rasha Salti as artistic team for the 2022' edition.

Greg Tate

In Memoriam

Greg Tate (1957-2021)

The inspiring African-Amercian writer and musician has passed away at the age of 64.

Billie Zangewa, An Angel at My Bedside, 2020. Hand-stitched silk collage, 31.89 x 46.06 inches. Courtesy of Sangbeom Kim and Sunjung Kim.

Thread for a Web Begun at MoAD

Billie Zangewa: The Domestic Is Political

The Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist creates scenes of the domestic to celebrate the feminine and the unseen.

Installation View, Listen, Exhibition Opening. Courtesy of Goethe Institut / Alliance Française.

In Conversation

Listening to the Sounds of Nairobi

An artistic collective archives the capital’s soundscape. Here they speak about their motivations and how the tune of the city is constantly changing.

Virgil Abloh in Paris 2019

In Memoriam

Virgil Abloh (1980-2021)

The influential designer and artist has passed away at age 41 after to a long battle with cancer.

Swarm, courtesy of GLOR1A

Nine Nights: Channel B at ICA London

Do Androids Dream of Being Black?

Our author Liese Van Der Watt went to the exhibition that creates sonic and visual landscapes for Black futurism.

Samuel Nnorom Wins Cassirer Welz Award 2021

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Samuel Nnorom Wins Cassirer Welz Award 2021

The multi-talented artist seeks to explore several materials and will present a solo exhibition after a ten-week residency at the Bag Factory.

Kapwani Kiwanga, winner of Zurich Art Prize 2022. Photo: Bertille Chéret

News

The Zurich Art Prize 2022 Goes to Kapwani Kiwanga

The Canadian-French artist is the 15th winner of the renowned award that includes the production of a solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv.

Collective Practices: A Sonic Essay

Kabelo Malatsie with Robert Machiri

Collective Practices: A Sonic Essay

Arts Collaboratory commissioned Kabelo Malatsie to respond to their network and the outcome is a sonic essay with Zimbabwean artist Robert Machiri.

Rasheedah Phillips, Mmere Dane: Black Time Belt, 2021. Digital collage. © Rasheedah Phillips.

ARE YOU FOR REAL

ifa Presents New Work by Rasheedah Phillips

The artwork entitled Mmere Dane: Black Time Belt maps several destroyed historic all-Black…

The Red Affair (Detail), 2020, John Baptist Sekubulwa, Courtesy of artist.

Artist Portrait

Ugandan Artist John Baptist Sekubulwa Links Historical And Contemporary Pain

Relentlessly questioning political power relations, Sekubulwa chooses the image of the human brain to depict postcolonial vulnerability – and hope.

Jennifer Packer: Confronting the Complex, the Ugly, and the Forbidden

The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing

Jennifer Packer: Confronting the Complex, the Ugly, and the Forbidden

The US painter uses the symbolism of flowers to remember violent losses within the Black community and create tender moments that embody the senses.

Kimberli Gant (left) and Stephanie Sparling Williams (right).
Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.

News

Brooklyn Museum Appoints Stephanie Sparling Williams and Kimberli Gant as Curators

The New York - Museum has made two major hires for American art and modern and contemporary art, to start in December and January.

Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Performance at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Sommerfest 2021. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation

Three Namibian Artists on their Residency at Schloss Solitude

We talked to Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Hage Mukwendje, and Nesindano Namises about their approaches, methods, processes, and inspirations.

Jamillah James. Photo by Jasmine Clarke.

News

Jamillah James Named Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

James sees herself as "advocate" for artists and starts her new role in Chicago early next year.

Adama Delphine Fawundu , Earth seed New York State, 2017. Courtesy of Adama Delphine Fawundu

In Conversation

Aldeide Delgado and the Women Photographers International Archive

We spoke to the founder of WOPHA about rediscovering forgotten female Cuban artists and photography’s many uses – including its ability for change.

Julie Mehretu, Among the Multitude I, 2019/2021. Courtesy the artist and carlier | gebauer.

Julie Mehretu

Keeping Vigil with no Loss to Poetry

Rose Jepkorir spoke to the New York-based artist to dive into her work that explores the strange in between places through abstraction.

Lunga Ntila Seeks GOD AMONG US in Her Body of Work

In Conversation

Lunga Ntila Seeks GOD AMONG US in Her Body of Work

Ahead of AKAA Paris we speak to the South African artist about her multiple identities, unfamiliar surroundings, and the symbolism of bees.

Digital Art Illustration Battle. Courtesy of Fak'ugesi

Fak’ugesi – African Digital Innovation Festival

Building as a Way to Project Ourselves into the Future

The 2021 edition of Fak’ugesi – African Digital Innovation Festival in Johannesburg focused…

Exhibition view

In Conversation

Rafiki Arts Initiatives: Building Bridges Between Norway and Africa

We spoke to Nicole Rafiki, the artist behind a series of actions that…

Peter Okotor, Installation View, Table of Paradox at CCA Lagos. Courtesy the artist.

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Peter Okotor Places Nigeria on a Table of Paradox through Pop Music

The artist uses interactive installations and sound to contemplate Nigeria’s national history.

Mwangi Hutter, What Must Matter, 2020. C-print, 40 cm x 54 cm
Edition of 5 plus II AP. Courtesy the artists.

“Auf Deutsch”

The Artist Mwangi Hutter Reflects on the Human Condition

C& spoke to the Kenyan-German artist duo about the creative process, merged identity and about producing works that aim to look “beyond differences”.

12th Berlin Biennale Announces Dates and Visual Identity

Berlin Biennale

12th Berlin Biennale Announces Dates and Visual Identity

Curated by Kader Attia, the 12th iteration of Berlin Biennale takes place from…

Patrick Eugene: Where Do We Go from Here?

In Conversation

Patrick Eugene: Where Do We Go from Here?

Sabo Kpade speaks to the Haitian-American painter about the timely inspiration for his…

Portrait Frank Bowling. Photo: Sacha Bowling.

Wolfgang Hahn Prize by Museum Ludwig

Frank Bowling Receives Wolfgang-Hahn-Preis 2022

Jury member Zoé Whitley honors the British Guiana artist as "a resolute and…

Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

Installation View

Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

The first UK institutional show at Serpentine for the legendary Haitian-French artist includes…

Hannah Black Joins Städelschule as Guest Professor

Städelschule

Hannah Black Joins Städelschule as Guest Professor

With the start of the winter semester 2021/22 artist and writer Hannah Black…

William Scott

Installation View

William Scott

This expansive exhibition at Studio Voltaire includes over 80 paintings, drawings and sculptures…

© Thando Mpushe

Prince Claus Fund

Marcus Tebogo Desando Is the New Director of Prince Claus Fund

Marcus Tebogo Desando will take up his new role in Amsterdam beginning 2022.

© Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Unearthing. In Conversation (2017)

Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography

Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński Wins Camera Austria Award

The Austrian artists receives the prize for her “sharp analysis of visual regimes…

Adrienne Elise Tarver,

In Conversation

Adrienne Elise Tarver: Invisibility as Superpower

We speak to the New York artist about Black womanhood, invisibility, and the…

Image by RAW Material Company. 

In Memoriam

Dominique Malaquais (1964-2021)

The art historian and political scientist Dominique Malaquais has passed away.

Dineo Seshee Bopape, Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU.

Installation View

Dineo Seshee Bopape: Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh…harmonic conversions…mm

Dineo Seshee Bopape's solo exhibition at Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond calls…

Atta Kwami in 2019. Courtesy of Serpentine Galleries.

In Memoriam

Atta Kwami (1956- 2021)

The Ghanaian artist and curator who created unique geometric paintings and prints passed…

James Bantone, He Said, They Said, 2020, exhibition view, Coalmine, Zurich

“Auf Deutsch”

James Bantone: Mimicry, Performance and Community

The Swiss artist speaks to us about internet culture as a way to reconnect with Black and Brown queer communities.

Sandra Mujinga, Mísató, 2020 Mítáno, 2020 Mínei, 2020 Míbalé, 2020. Photo: Jamila Moroder

Make Techno Black Again

The Exhibition TECHNO Reveals Institutional Blind Spots

Art historian Jamila Moroder argues that an exhibition in Bolzano, Italy, disconnects techno…

Sandra Mujinga receives the Nationalgalerie Prize 2021 (c) Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Benjamin Pritzkuleit

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021

Sandra Mujinga is the Winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021

The Berlin and Oslo-based artist has received the most prestigious prize for contemporary…

Lebohang Kganye: The Urgency to Be the Author and Subject

C& Artists' Editions #3

Lebohang Kganye: The Urgency to Be the Author and Subject

As we launch our latest artists’ edition with Lebohang Kganye, we revisit our…

Akinbode Akinbiyi Awarded Order of Merit of Germany

Bundesverdienstkreuz

Akinbode Akinbiyi Awarded Order of Merit of Germany

On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, Berlin-based artist Akinbode Akinbiyi…

Documenta 15 Reveals Artists for 2022 Edition

Documenta Fifteen

Documenta 15 Reveals Artists for 2022 Edition

For the next Documenta that will take place from June 18 until September…

Installation View of Salon Globalisto, curated by Mo Laudi. 17.06.21 > 31.07.21 at Galerie Bonne Espérance, Paris.

In Conversation

Mo Laudi Envisions Safe Spaces for Dissent

The multidisciplinary artist talks to Boitumelo Tlhoaele about a recent exhibition project and…

Student protests against the streaming of

In Conversation

Disrupting the Archives with Renée Akitelek Mboya

Magnus Rosengarten spoke to the curator, who lives in Nairobi, about tracing an…

Detail from Black Noise #4 (installation of aquariums, sea water, iron, metal, steel, stones with sound). Photo by Lena Bergendahl.

Black Archives Sweden

Ina Nian Investigates The Weight of Silence

The artist explores Sweden’s iron production and its connection with the transatlantic slave…

Photo: Lori Sapio

Dia Art Foundation

Jordan Carter Appointed Curator at Dia Art Foundation

Carter will be head of Fluxus and global Conceptual art of the 1960s…

Lina Ben Rejeb, Peintures domestiques No. II (Detail) , 2019. Indian fabric, DMC embroidery thread, 204h x 123w x 4d cm, Unique. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation

Lina Ben Rejeb: Pushing the Limits of Erasure

We speak to the Tunisian artist about her relationship with exhausting the material.

Things Fall Together Fifty Years After Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe Exhibition

Things Fall Together Fifty Years After Things Fall Apart

C&’s Obidike Okafor reviews an exhibition celebrating a fifty-year old film adaptation of…

Addis Fine Art Founders Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul.

New Space

Addis Fine Art to Open Space in London

Co-founders Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul will open a first gallery outside Ethiopia…

Noemi Weber, Milena Weber, SchwesterInnen touchdown, 2020. At Mouches Volantes, Cologne from 19 November 2020 - 6  Februar 2021. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Dirk Rose

“Auf Deutsch”

Noemi and Milena Weber Explore Common Spaces

With C&, the sisters based in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf spoke about communal processes in their art.

Clockwise: Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Omoregie Osakpolor, Chigozie Obi, Nyancho NwaNri, Chukwudi Onwumere.

ART X Prize

Finalists for 2021 ART X Prize Announced

The jury selected Chigozie Obi, Chukwudi Onwumere, Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Nyancho NwaNri, and Omoregie…

Theaster Gates

12th Austrian Friedrich Kiesler Prize

Theaster Gates Receives Austrian Friedrich Kiesler Prize for Architecture and Art

The jury awarded the American artist for his transdisciplinary and participatory approach to…

The Venus Bushfires/Helen Epega by Ebenezer Dada and emc3. Courtesy the artist.

In Conversation

Helen Epega: “I compose with colors and shapes”

The Nigerian artist, singer, and composer speaks to us about her creative process…

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

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…

Deborah-Joyce Holman, Unless (2021), Film Still. Yara Dulac Gisler & Deborah Joyce Holman. Courtesy of the artists

"Auf Deutsch"

Deborah Joyce Holman – Unless: The Potential of Subtle Acts of Refusal

We spoke to Swiss artist Deborah Joyce Holman about the key aspects of her poetic docufiction work.

Vivian Crockett Appointed Curator at New Museum

New Museum New York

Vivian Crockett Appointed Curator at New Museum

With her interests in African and Latinx diasporas, Vivian Crockett has been appointed…

Ibrahim Ahmed: It Will Always Come Back to You

Installation View

Ibrahim Ahmed: It Will Always Come Back to You

The exhibition features a large new ICA-commissioned sculpture and a selection of textile-based…

Daniel Kojo Schrade, Afronaut 3-19, 2019. Oil, acrylic, charcoal on canvas 50 x 70 inches. Courtesy the artist.

"Auf Deutsch"

Daniel Kojo Schrade: Broadening the Understanding of Diaspora

For centuries there has been Black cultural production from countries where German is…

Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art, Tamale. Image © Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo Nii Odzenma

Giving Back to the Continent

Savannah Center for Contemporary Art

The number of artists from the African Diaspora who enjoy considerable success in…

Colectivo Hilando Paz, Mochilas Útero Cultural. Photo: Carlos Perdomo. Courtesy of Minga Prácticas De-coloniales.

Minga Decolonial Practices, Colombia

Creation as a Collective Process

Minga Prácticas De-coloniales (Minga Decolonial Practices) is an interdisciplinary collective that wants to…

Collage by Caroline Böttcher. Courtesy the artist.

Dekoloniale Berlin

Something Whispers Among The Trees

One hundred and twenty-five years after it took place, the “Colonial Village” at…

Jane'a Johnson. Photo by Lindsay Calmettes and Mandy Draper.

Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Jane’a Johnson Named New Artistic Director at Foam

Her "fresh vision and approach" to photography brings US-American Jane’a Johnson in her…

Critical Minded Convening @ 2017 Critical Minded | Photo by Ed Marshall Photography

In Conversation

Rashid Shabazz: Introducing Diversity into Art Criticism

As the executive director of the Critical Minded initiative, Rashid Shabazz hopes to…

Isolde Brielmaier is the new deputy director of the New Museum. Image courtesy New Museum

The New Museum

Isolde Brielmaier Appointed Deputy Director at the New Museum in NYC

Brielmaier is currently serving as curator at large at the International Center of…

A Bavarian Intergenerational Exchange

"Auf Deutsch"

A Bavarian Intergenerational Exchange

Malcom Ohanwe sat down with artist Ransome Stanley to discuss and compare Afro-German…

Untethered Magic Kitchen, Image courtesy of Untethered Magic

In Conversation

Untethered Magic Brings Art and Nature in Dialogue

The Nairobi art space Untethered Magic is about growth and independence – both…

'Elvira Dyangani Ose at Basilea, Creative Time and ArtBasel, Basel, 2018.' Photo by Guillermo Domínguez Terry.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Elvira Dyangani Ose Is New Director of MACBA

Curator and Art Historian Elvira Dyangani Ose will be the first women to…

Helina Metaferia: Weaving and Resisting in More Than A Few Ways

In Conversation

Helina Metaferia: Weaving and Resisting in More Than A Few Ways

Weaving together archival and social knowledge, artist Helina Metaferia considers her community’s everyday…

Awuor Onyango and Everlyn Nicodemus on Women and Strength

In Conversation

Awuor Onyango and Everlyn Nicodemus on Women and Strength

In a conversation between artists, our author Awuor Onyango speaks with Everlyn Nicodemus…

Samson Kambalu, Antelope, 2021. Photo: James Jenkins, Courtesy Goodman Gallery

Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth

Samson Kambalu Wins Fourth Plinth Commission

Artist and writer Samson Kambalu will install his work "Antelope", a tribute to…

sonsbeek20→24: force times distance

Installation View

sonsbeek20→24: force times distance

With more than 250 contributions and artistic positions in 13 different locations, sonsbeek20→24…

Nakitende Sheila Is Giving Barkcloth New Meaning

Artist Portrait

Nakitende Sheila Is Giving Barkcloth New Meaning

Nakitende Sheila twists, stitches, and burns as she experiments with natural textures and…

Decentering the I: How to Redefine the Human

C& Center of Unfinished Business

Decentering the I: How to Redefine the Human

Will Furtado argues that indigenous knowledge has always held the solution to ecological catastrophe that is fueled by placing the human above all.

AfroDiaspora 2.0// e.V. : Creating Safer Spaces

“Auf Deutsch”

AfroDiaspora 2.0// e.V. : Creating Safer Spaces

For centuries there has been Black cultural production from countries where German is…

New Art Exchange Announces Saad Eddine Said as Artistic Director and CEO

New Art Exchange

New Art Exchange Announces Saad Eddine Said as Artistic Director and CEO

Nottingham's New Art Exchange is hiring Moroccan creative Saad Eddine Said as the…

Photo: Julien Creuzet

Art Basel and BMW

Julien Creuzet Awarded BMW Art Journey 2021

French-Martinique artist Julien Creuzet is awarded the BMW Art Journey, honoring his innovative…

Photo: Ibrahima Ndome

ellipse Prize

Ibrahima Ndome Wins Inaugural ellipse Prize 2021

Visual artist Ibrahima Ndome receives the first edition of the ellipse Prize, focusing…

Karimah Ashadu, Film still -

In Conversation

Karimah Ashadu: Labor as a Practice Towards Independence

We spoke with artist Karimah Ashadu about artistic mediums’ own sense of curiosity,…

Photo: Kabelo Malatsie ©VANSA

Kunsthalle Bern

Kabelo Malatsie Named New Director of Kunsthalle Bern

The 34-young South-African curator Kabelo Malatsie will be the next director of Kunsthalle…

Tabita Rezaire Opens AMAKABA – A Space for Collective Healing

AMAKABA

Tabita Rezaire Opens AMAKABA – A Space for Collective Healing

In the Amazonian forest of French Guiana, artist Tabita Rezaire has founded a…

Sam Gilliam, 
TBC, 2020, 
watercolor on washi, 

39-1/2

INVENTING