Curriculum of Connections

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.

(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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Installation View II

documenta fifteen

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

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.

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

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.

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…

A Bavarian Intergenerational Exchange

"Auf Deutsch"

A Bavarian Intergenerational Exchange

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

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…

Afro-Lusophone Artists Grapple with Memory in New Book

Are We Not Makers of History?

Afro-Lusophone Artists Grapple with Memory in New Book

A publication featuring artists in Portuguese-speaking countries suggests distinct artistic approaches to dealing…

Installation view ‘Diaspora At Home’ exhibition at CCA Lagos. Photo: CCA Lagos

In Conversation

Oyindamola Fakeye – the New Creative Director of CCA Lagos

Obidike Okafor spoke to the creative producer about the legacy of founder Bisi…

Ibrahima Thiam, Untitled, Maam Njare series, 2020. Photo Courtesy Ibrahima Thiam & RAW Material Company, Dakar.

Partcours in Dakar

Art in the Year of the Biennale That Was Not

Amina Lawal Agoro looks on the event that reinvigorated Dakar’s art scene during…

Hilaire Balu Kuyangiko. Diagnostic de nos Consciences (Detail), 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.

Vision Totale

How an Art Collective Determines its Modes of Production

The Kinshasa based collective Vi.To shares a common practice and an understanding of…

Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni (2018 Tierney Fellow), Ukugrumba. An exhibition part of the Market Photo Workshop’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations “The Homecoming 30”.

In Conversation with Ismail Mahomed

The Visionary Art Schools of South Africa

Two arts educational projects in South Africa have been providing Black students with…

Illustration by Edson Ikê, inspired by self-portrait images from Khadija Saye’s Venice Biennale series Dwelling: In This Space We Breat

C& Special Edition #Detroit

On Death, Loss, And Processing A (Black) Archive

Curator, writer, and artist Legacy Russell ponders the possibility of materializing a Black…

Black Lunch Table. Photo by Angela Hennessy

Black Lunch Table

Using the Lunchroom to Connect Black Arts Professionals

Starting from the phenomenon of self-segregation during lunchtime in schools and workplaces, Black…

Kelvin Haizel, things and nothings, 2017. Installation view at the 11th Bamako Biennial. Courtesy the artist.

C& Print Issue #9: Round Table

Kelvin Haizel: “The question points to the overburdened subject every artist from the Global South has had to grapple with in the last thirty years.”

In our ongoing series of round-table discussions we ask a selection of artists…

Hasan and Husain Essop, Cape Town (South Africa), Variation, 2009. Pigment print on cotton rag paper. To see in

In Conversation with Same Mdluli

A Sense of Ubuntu

Young South-African curator Same Mdluli joined the Standard Bank Gallery as manager in…

Array of old cars on display outside of the Village Unhu security wall. Photo: Tinashe Muchuri

Village Unhu

The Project Space Cultivating a Community of Artists in Harare

Founded by three creatives, Village Unhu in Harare, Zimbabwe, is an art space…

The Project in Finland Democratizing Gallery Space

Museum of Impossible Forms

The Project in Finland Democratizing Gallery Space

In 2017 three friends in Helsinki, Finland, joined forces to counter the inaccessibility…

Jamilah Sabur, Installation If Defined, Then Undefine, 2017 at Dimensions Variable. Courtesy Dimensions Variable.

In Conversation with Jamilah Sabur

Linking South America and the Caribbean

Jamilah Sabur is a Jamaican-born, Miami-based multidisciplinary artist. For her latest solo exhibition…

Souleymane Bachir Diagne, 2013. Courtesy of Antoine Tempé.

C& Print Issue #7

Souleymane Bachir Diagne: Trump Troubles

Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne chats to C& about post-Trump America and Africa…

School of Engineering at KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology), Kumasi (Ghana), 1956. Photo: James Cubitt. Courtesy of Alexia Webster.

C& Print Issue #7

Department of Now

The teaching methods at Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has…

Zohra Opoku, Unraveled Threads, 2017, Screenprints on cotton, canvas & linen 
Joined with thread/ Applications: Kente cloth, wool, acrylic paint etc. Courtesy the artist

In Conversation with Zohra Opoku

From Ghana to Bahia

Multidisciplinary Ghanaian-German artist Zohra Opoku has recently curated the show Nathi.Aha.Sasa. in Vienna…

Host Protocol

C& Print Issue #7

Host Protocol

Sepake Angiama, Head of Education at documenta 14, and Elke aus dem Moore,…

Àsìkò Dakar, participants at Raw Material Company, 2014, Dakar. Photo by and courtesy of Erin Rice.

C& Print Issue #7

Àsìkò Diaries

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Victoria Udondian and Dana Whabira talk to Stephanie Baptist about…

Mohammed Melehi, Sans titre, 1963. Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

C& Print Issue #7

After Orientalism

The Group of Casablanca pioneered innovative teaching and exhibiting strategies that rejected the…

Sharon Zwi, Soweto Pietà (1980–92), Screen print on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

C& Print Issue #7

Soweto Story

Will South African university students demanding free and decolonised education be lionised like…

Aida Muluneh, Departure, 2016
Courtesy the artist and David Krut Projects

C& and Aperture Magazine

Learning from Addis Ababa

The Addis Foto Fest is a Forum Connecting African Photographers. Ethiopian photographer Aida…

Students in front of University of Yaoundé. Courtesy of Paul-Henri S. Assako Assako.

C& Print Issue #7

Troubling Categories

Indifferent African states have enabled Western elites to define the continent’s artistic production,…

Teaching to Empower

C& Print Issue #7

Teaching to Empower

C& asks M. Neelika Jayawardane, Sharlene Khan, and Felwine Sarr about teaching students…

Pélagie Gbaguidi, The Missing link Dicolonisation Education by Mrs Smiling stone, Documenta 14, Athens 2017. Installation, school desks, photographs of Dr. Peter Magubane, glassine paper sheets, drawings with color pencil, earth and lipstick on transparent paper, video, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

C& Print Issue #7

“If you’re running from history, it will eventually catch up with you”

Pélagie Gbaguidi, an artist from Benin appearing on documenta 14, tells C& about…

Deciding what to learn at the School of Improper Education. Courtesy of KUNCI

C& Print Issue #7

Lessons in Impropriety

Born out of a collective of Indonesian student-press activists, KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre…

Kaleb De Groot (Dutch resident artist at Rockstone Sculpture Park), Zig/Zag Proxy, 2008. Cement blocks, plaster, explosives, marble and iron oxide/wax., 4x7x3,5m, Lusaka, Zambia. Courtesy of the artist.

C& Print Issue #7

Make Do

Rockston Studio is an artist-led project in the Zambian capital Lusaka whose ethos…

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces, 2015-2017. Inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist.

C& and Aperture Magazine

Camerawork Now

New technologies have helped and hindered the development of photography on the continent,…

Group photo of Asiko participants and some of the faculty members standing infront of the African Union building in Addis Ababa. Photo: Aron Simeneh

Curriculum of Connections: Àsìkò Art School

Collaborative Criticism

Martha Kazungu, a former participant of Àsìkò Art School in Addis Ababa, talks…

Old Forms, New Potential

South South Connections at the Goodman Gallery

Old Forms, New Potential

The Goodman Gallery in South Africa opened its second exhibition under the initiative…

A Networked Practice

C& Commissions: CUSS

A Networked Practice

For C& Commissions, CUSS present their first horror short film Streetkid. The collective…

Three Periods of Engagement with the Bauhaus

Curriculum of Connections: Karo Akpokiere

Three Periods of Engagement with the Bauhaus

In this piece, artist Karo Akpokiere draws parallels between the Bauhaus and his…

Becoming Truly Global?

Curriculum of Connections: The International Summer Academy Salzburg

Becoming Truly Global?

When Oskar Kokoschka established the International Summer Academy Salzburg in 1953, such institutions…

Emeka Ogboh, PLAY BACK – The African Union: 20 to 20,000 Hz, installation view, 2015, ifa Gallery Berlin. (c) Victoria Tomaschko

In Conversation with Emeka Ogboh

Addis to Berlin via Lagos

Sound artist Emeka Ogboh caught up with C& to talk about his African…

It’s all about sharing knowledge

C& Print: The Interview Issue

It’s all about sharing knowledge

Shortly before his death in 2014, legendary South African artist Peter Clarke chatted…

“We have to test the premise that nations no longer matter.”

In conversation with Okwui Enwezor

“We have to test the premise that nations no longer matter.”

C& talks to Okwui Enwezor, director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich…

“The Alle School of Fine Arts and Design has undergone major changes”

Curriculum of Connections: Alle School of Fine Arts and Design

“The Alle School of Fine Arts and Design has undergone major changes”

Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, head of the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design…

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