Boda Boda Lounge 2020 – “now bite the hand that feeds you”

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Boda Boda Lounge 2020 – “now bite the hand that feeds you”

Boda Boda Lounge is currently accepting video art submissions from artists based in Africa and of African descent. Boda Boda Lounge is a cross-continental video art festival that takes place simultaneously at over 15 spaces across the African continent every two years. The 4th edition will take place from 20-11-2020 till 22-11-2020. Selected submissions will be put forward for intracontinental screening and exhibition programming.

The Boda Boda Lounge festival is based on the conviction that video art can create meaningful exchanges between different contexts in Africa that allow both the transcending of physical boundaries and the creation of an intimate atmosphere for introspection and contemplation.

Emerging from this conviction arrives the theme for this year “, now bite the hand that feeds you’’ inviting submissions that fit within or respond to this theme in productive ways.

This edition’s theme:  “,now bite the hand that feeds you”

Somewhere in the so-called global north, someone purchases and accumulates commodity goods. These same goods, such as clothing and food, are then thrown away and exported to a third-world country in what is usually called an act of charity, feeding a system of intermediaries who profit from it. Whilst someone else in the global-south side of the world sells the same used clothing on a sidewalk, instead of producing such items locally. And so there are various implications out of this circulation.

With great dependency comes great vulnerability.

In “development” communication the image of the impoverished and miserable youngster, often superimposed, comes the image of a caring woman, reminiscent of another version of the feeling of mercifulness. This idea of a vulnerable and helpless child embodies the true corporate identity of the global (humanitarian) r/aid agency. A world where aid becomes trade and calcified narratives enhance the hierarchical gap between hemispheres.

It might be the time to question this image of the helping hand, amputating along with it this covert system of reliance. Contrary to the popular maxim,  one “better bite the hand that feeds us.” Artists are invited to seek expression in the dialogue that visual communication establishes with this dependency system, enacting a passive form of protest through creativity as a vehicle for liberation and calling to the fact that your own hands are the real hands that feed you: in other words, self-sufficiency prevailing over dependency.

In this proposed world, intuition and resourcefulness are core values in the strive for reframing narratives and reinventing humankind. Here, non-formality comes to represent a sort of surrender — within creative production — as a means of liberation, clearly opposing (or complementing) more formulaic and controlled frameworks and establishing a harsh contrast to the agenda of modernity and the colonial project.

“, now bite the hand that feeds you”, is a curatorial proposal conceived by thirdspace, composed of artists João Roxo (Maputo) and Russel Hlongwane (Durban). This duo was invited by Waza Art Center and Visual Art Network South Africa (VANSA) to curate with them this edition of Boda Boda Lounge.


Application requirements

Any artist from Africa or the diaspora working in digital and multimedia art can participate.

Works should have been produced in the past 5 years.

Artists can submit a maximum of 3 videos.

Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes.

Each work must be accompanied by a new application form.

Applications can be sent to by 31 july 2020

(wetransfer/dropbox links are acceptable).


Deadline: 31. July 2020

Download application form HERE


About Boda Boda Lounge

The term Boda Boda is an adaptation of the word border and alludes to a cross-border movement, suggesting physical mobility and movement across lines that universally represent the divide of land and space. More literally, the boda boda is a motorbile, key form of transport across many African cities, it serves as a purpose built vehicle to quickly and easily move goods and people between places. We refer to this festival as a purpose built vehicle to mobilise video-art across destinations between artist and viewer.

Boda Boda Lounge is a project, which aims to diffuse video art across the continent. It was initiated by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Centre d’art Waza (Lubumbashi, DRC) in 2014. Boda Boda Lounge intends to enable wide access for African artists to be part of the festival and at the same time working with a range of African arts organisations. It is an engagement with low-cost, widely accessible exchange processes on the African Continent.


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