Newsletter Venice 2015

C& Print issue #3 – Center What?

Fresh from the printers: our third print issue of Contemporary And (C&) our biggest to date!

The first issue was launched exactly one year ago during the 11th Dakar Biennale and significantly extended the form and purpose of our online art magazine. Together, the online platform and the print issues represent and embody different ways of narrating the story of contemporary art from African perspectives, a story that does not have a single history or centre.

On occasion of la Biennale di Venezia – the 56th International Art Exhibition opening this week, we are delighted to present the following features of the C& print issue #3:

We met Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of the Venice Biennale – All the World’s Futures, to discuss the topography of the Giardini, the Global South, and the idea of a fading centre. We also talk to artist Emeka Ogboh about his immersive sound art as well as to Ibrahim Mahama about his practice and materials, which prominently feature textiles. Both artists’ work will be exhibited at the 2015 Venice Biennale. In addition, Luanda-based artist and commissioner of this year’s Angolan Pavilion, Rita GT gives us some insight into young artists forging a renaissance in Angolan contemporary art.

And congratulations to El Anatsui, recipient of the Golden Lion for his Lifetime Achievement at la  Biennale di Venezia – 56th International Art Exhibition – All the World’s Futures. In the light of this great news, please watch our conversation with El Anatsui during Art Basel last year.



As a little extra for those who are in Venice: The C& Venue Map gives an overview of examples of cultural production, events, exhibitions, and participation from the African continent and its diaspora during the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The artists and spaces in this guide deserve special attention!


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