From climate colonialism to new perspectives from queer artists in Mozambique, these are some of our most-read articles this year.
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.
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.
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.
Locating Blackness In Intimate Ecologies
Ama Josephine Budge on how to resist climate colonialism through a capacious, trans-temporal Blackness.
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?
Aria Dean Conjures a Deathly Spectacle
In Chicago, the artist helps us experience connections between animal slaughter, violence towards Black peoples, and the brutalization of captured bodies.
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.
3rd Biennale Internationale de Sculpture de Ouagadougou (BISO) – The Fire of Origins
Inspired by the work of the writer Emmanuel Dongala, Le Feu des origins, will run until 4th November in Ouagadougou celebrating contemporary crafts and art.
Queer Artists Bring New Perspectives to Mozambique
Curators Onyịnye Alheri and Carolina Policarpo display collaborations between artists from Mozambique, Nigeria, and Angola.
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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.
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.