This week, ART AFRICA is in Tunis for the Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (JCC - Carthage Film Festival). The Carthage Film Festival is the oldest event of its kind in Africa (established in 1966) and brings together the best in Arab and African film, including the best in student film projects. The highest award of the festival is the 'Golden Tanit' named after the Phoenician goddess Tanit.
Following the terrorist attacks in the capital on Wednesday night, security measures and a curfew have come into effect, but the festival continues. This beautiful city will not be shut down. ART AFRICA stands in solidarity with creative communities around the world affected by recent global events.
ART AFRICA in conversation with Stefan Hundt for the ART AFRICA COLLECTORS REPORT (AACR). An accomplished art professional, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection and head of Sanlam Private Wealth Art Advisory Service, Hundt has been curator of the Sanlam Art Collection since 1997. Since his appointment, the collection has expanded to include an additional five hundred artworks dating from late 19th century to the present. The collection boasts a representative overview of South African art and is valued conservatively at ZAR158,000,000.
Despite resolving to go on, the organisers of Also Known as Africa (AKAA), the Paris-based fair for contemporary art from Africa, have announced that the first edition will no longer take place due to concerns over attendance in the wake of violent terror attacks.
For the first edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa) – taking place in Paris at the Carreau du Temple from 3 – 6 December 2015 – twenty-five galleries from ten different countries have been carefully selected by the AKAA Committee. Alongside the announcement of the confirmed exhibitors, Victoria Mann (Founder and Director of AKAA) has resolved that the fair will go on despite the recent terror attacks across the city of Paris.
Aaron Kohn, Director of the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Johannesburg, South Africa and Director of Auriti Art Advisory, in conversation with art collector, Sammy Olagbaju, retired banker and stockbroker from Nigeria. Olagbaju plans to build a private museum in Lagos to house his 1,500-strong collection of Modern and contemporary art. He is also the founder of the Sammy Olagbaju Art Foundation and the Sammy Olagbaju Charitable Foundation.
Gallery 2 in Parkwood, Johannesburg presents a group exhibition comprised of the Johannesburg based printmakers; Abe Mathabe, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Themba Khumalo, Lebohang Sithole, Ramarutha Makoba, Donald Makola and Mario Saures.
Khehla Chepape Makgato visited the gallery to review the show for ART AFRICA.
Ashraf Jamal interviews Charles Shields, director and co-owner of Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, on the upcoming opening of Circa London in March 2016. The move promises to hold many exciting developments both for the gallery’s represented artists, as well as for the international arts community which is in many ways centered within this international hub.
This Saturday, 31 October 2015, is the date for the upcoming jury event for the 2015 Visible Award! First awarded in 2011, and then again in 2013, the Visible Award is the first European award for socially engaged artistic practices in a global context. Visible itself is an ongoing research project in contemporary art devoted to art work in the social sphere, that aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context.
Look out for a review of this weekend's open jury consultation, chaired by Chris Dercon, in the upcoming December issue of ART AFRICA!
Curated by Reem Fadda, the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale announces its curatorial concept, 'Not New Now.' The curatorial concept aims to provide for an intellectual framework that unites multiple arenas of art and cultures by looking at it from the particular location and history of the city of Marrakech. It builds on a longstanding history of Pan Afro-Arab unity, through critically investigating socio political projects, cultural partnerships, and art movements that have led to many shared artistic tendencies.
The heritage sites of Marrakech will invoke these moments of intersection, through a plethora of site-specific commissions and installations, by a group of international artists especially from Africa, the Arab world and its diasporas. Performances, displays of archives, film programs, seminars, lectures and even conferences will provide for a dynamic structure that looks at and cements these cultural commonalities and relationships.