Laboratory of Solidarity

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.

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…

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…

Installation View DMSUBM. Photo: Hannah Aders

In Conversation

Anta Helena Recke and Joana Tischkau on the German Museum for Black Entertainment and Black Music

C& spoke to the two founders of a new institution dedicated to Black…

On Anti-Blackness: An Open Letter to Swiss Institutions

In Conversation with Deborah Joyce Holman and Jasmine Gregory

On Anti-Blackness: An Open Letter to Swiss Institutions

We spoke to two of the 50 Black artists and cultural workers in…

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…

Köln, Museum Ludwig, Sammlung Fotografie, Inv.-Nr. ML/F 2013/0074 (PJ-11494), Free Huey Rally/ Kathleen Cleaver and Black Panthers, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park, Oakland, CA, Aufnahme: 1968.09.22, 2012, Silbergelatine, 40,64 x 50,80 & 50,88 x 71,12 (mit Rahmen) cm

In Conversation with Janice Mitchell

Why German Museums Need to Catch Up

A museum’s collection mirrors power: it shows the taste and assessment of directors…

Numero Unoma, Reach for the stars, 112×76cm mixed media (acrylic, aquarelle & oil pastel) on cotton paper, 2017. Courtesy the artist and SMO Contemporary Art.

States of Mobility

The Politics of Belonging

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

Emory Douglas, Paper Boy, 1969. Black Panther Poster. Courtesy of the artist

States of Mobility

Showing Solidarity Beyond Borders 

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

Meschac Gaba, Citoyen du Monde, 2012. Courtesy Meschac Gaba, Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Galerie In Situ, Paris © Meschac Gaba



C& is in solidarity with all the artists, independent curators, writers, other cultural…

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

States of Mobility

“The passport that does not pass ports”

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

Image Courtesy of ScumTrust.

#Seattle with Cura Club, Playthey and ScumTrust

Radical Collectivity

Known for the invention of Starbucks, its deep nostalgia for grunge, and a…

Epheas Maposa, 2019, Therapy of the old maid, oil on canvas , 130 x 81 cm– Copyright 31 project/ Village Unhu

In Conversation with Epheas Maposa

Ascending to the Outer Rims of his Storylines

Epheas Maposa’s artwork is driven by the words, fears, and expectations of his…

Covers from books

Art and Stereotypes

Playing with Race

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

Clara Ianni e Mikhael Subotzky, Triangular, 2019. Image Credit: Lucas Barreto.

Conversations in Gondwana

Expanding Political Imagination Through South-South Collaboration

Conversations in Gondwana is a project initiated by Brazilian curators Juliana Gontijo and…

Claude Gomis, Solidarity with Sékou Touré, 2016. Photo. Courtesy of the artist

Racism: a bigger picture

Using the Language of the Past to Reflect on Racism Today

The unfading legacies of Western racism is a paradigm Contemporary And continuously examines…

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…

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…

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…

Zapanteras: Solidarity as an Artistic Principle

Laboratory of Solidarity: Emory Douglas I

Zapanteras: Solidarity as an Artistic Principle

What do the Zapatistas share with the art of Emory Douglas and the…

Red Africa Redux

Laboratory of Solidarity

Red Africa Redux

Our series Laboratory of Solidarity starts with a feature by Mark Nash focusing…

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