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


Fatima El-Tayeb: Reclaiming Nefertiti

Another find from our great archive: Fatima El-Tayeb on how European institutions have consistently appropriated Black historical personalities.

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


Every Straw Is a Straw Too Much

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

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.


Locating Blackness In Intimate Ecologies

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

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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