As usual, it is well-travelled and globally distributed. This time the issue is in both English and French because Bamako is one of its first stops. C& is proud to be this year’s media partner of the 10th Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography. This is its first edition since 2011, after which the political situation in Mali put the renowned photography biennale on hold. But it is not the only important biennale kicking off in the coming weeks. The comparatively young Lubumbashi Biennale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is presenting its fourth edition. Meanwhile, the Biennale Jogja will be starting up in Indonesia with the theme of “Hacking Conflicts: Indonesia Meets Nigeria.”By focusing on these important events and global connections, the C& print edition No. 4 includes interviews with Bisi Silva, artistic director of this year’s Bamako Encounters, with satirical cartoonist Andeel, reviews by Liese Van Der Watt and Madonna Hernandez, among others.
We are excited and proud to announce that Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, founders of C&, will curate the New York Armory Show’s 2016 Focus section on art from African perspectives. Grosse and Mutumba will be the first women to curate an edition of Armory Focus. This represents a fantastic possibility of providing a further platform for positions of global contemporaries from Africa and the Diaspora. Read one of the first features here.