It is with great sadness that we received the news about the death of Goethe-Institut stalwart Henrike Grohs, alongside seventeen others, in the recent act of violence at the Ivory Coast hotel, L'Etoile du Sud in Grand Bassam, just outside of the country’s economic capital of Abidjan.
Issues around motherhood and the female body are brought to the fore in curator Amanda Hunt's exhibition ‘A Constellation,’ which took place at the Studio Museum Harlem in NYC. These issues are as relevant today as they were for Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), who depicted the experiences of African American women throughout her artistic lifetime, or in the material (and political) concerns as represented by Harlem-born artist and activist Faith Ringgold. In this interview participating artist Billie Zangewa spoke to Hunt, uncovering some of the challenges, processes and influences around her artistic practice and how this helps form her work within a contemporary context.
Journalist Layli Foroudi's article titled 'Art as Resistance' (you can read it in French here) focuses on the dark effects of dictatorships and Islamic extremism in countries like Mali, Tunisia, Iran and France through the prism of artistic practices used specifically as acts of defiance. This broad reaching article shows the irrepressible spirits of everyday survivors of horrendous acts of terrorism and institutional cruelty.
In the March issue of ART AFRICA, titled 'Looking Further North,' Laura Parry-Davies takes a look at the current exhibition by Newsha Tavakolian, 'i know why the rebel sings,' at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam.
Siobhan Keam speaks to CIRCA gallery director Georgie Shields about the inaugural launch of the well-known Johannesburg-based gallery at their new premises in London. "I'm not interested in hushed tones," says Shields, "In an age of virtual reality and art Fairtigue, CIRCA reasserts the role of the gallery as a space to have dialogue with our community - in person... Art is about life, not about art."
The Biennale of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World had its inaugural run from November 2015 to January 2016, featuring over fifty artists from areas surrounding the Mediterranean. Joining ART AFRICA in conversation is Gabriel Bauret, the Chief Curator. In the following interview he addresses notions of Arab identity, the biennale's vision and negotiating artistic practice in a time of fundamentalist-led terror attacks.
What perspective does art from the Arab World provide for [these] territories? Given the geographical and linguistic variety of these different paths and stories, which images are proposed? What links exist between the geographical boundaries and the artistic realm? What trajectories, affiliations and lives are sketched by the imagination? These are some of the questions 'Arab Territories' curator and art critic Nadira Laggoune poses in her Critical Positioning Piece for the latest March issue of ART AFRICA, 'Looking further North.'
ART AFRICA magazine is proud to announce our recent partnership with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) to produce French translations of ART AFRICA print publication articles. Through this translation, the partnership with IFAS furthers one of ART AFRICA's core goals which is to produce content with a broader focus covering artistic production in Africa and the diaspora in order to be more inclusive, as well as making this content more accessible to non-English speakers. Sixteen African countries list French as a co-official language, following closely after English as one of the most widely spoken languages on the continent and abroad.
On Sunday the 6th of March, the Fondazione Fotografia Modena announced that South African artist Santu Mofokeng won the International Photography Prize 2016, which this year focused on the theme of 'Identity.'
Filippo Maggia, the Director of the Fondazione Forografia Modena, Roberto Pisoni, head of Sky Arte HD, and Carla Mainoldi, head of Group Giving, Events & Art Management at UniCredit, presented Mafikeng with the International Photography Prize, which includes € 70,000.
Don’t miss our exciting final weekend programme at THAT ART FAIR 2016. The two interactive art events consist of an installation by Maker Librarian Heath Nash and THAT GRAFFITI WORKSHOP, a collaborative effort between THAT ART FAIR, local 3D graffiti artist Boeta Phyf and the Salesian Institute Youth Projects. There will also be an auction on Sunday at 2pm; up for bidding will be the five graffiti works produced during the workshops, as well as the individual handbags designed by well-known artists and designers.
With a solo show forthcoming at EBONY in Cape Town, ART AFRICA sat down with the UK-born, South Africa- based artist, Oliver Barnett. In this interview, the artist re-evaluates the line between science and mysticism, discusses his ‘psycho-technical’ experiments, the perks of self-training and developing a sensibility for magic.
"How did the fracture between the North and South of the continent become so anchored in our collective consciousness," asks writer, producer and documentary filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri in her Critical Positioning Piece for the latest March issue of ART AFRICA, 'Looking further North.'
Today marks the opening of the New York based affiliate fairs Volta NY and the Armory Show, a continuation of the momentum garnered by similar fairs such as 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair last year. Valerie Kabov provides a fresh perspective on the representation of African art abroad, a migration that "is not all that suprising."
Internationally acclaimed curator Simon Njami spoke to Elena Korzhenevich about the first edition of the Off Biennale Cairo, entitled ‘Something Else,' and the AtWork workshop, which took place in November 2015. This interview provides insight into alternative ways in which contemporary art is practiced, curated and perceived in Egypt and its surrounding areas.
Emo de Medeiros is the Invited Artist at this year’s edition of THAT ART FAIR. The Beninese/French artist has shown his work across the globe (including the Marrakech Biennale and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris), and was recently selected for Dak’Art 2016. His participation at THAT ART FAIR marks his debut in the ‘Southern’ market. In the following interview, the ‘hypermedia’ artist speaks to ART AFRICA about his practice as well as the pioneering concepts that inform it. The artist also delves into the renewal of traditional platforms and the evolution of the role of the artist.
'The Great Divide' by Jihan El-Tahir is the opening positioning piece of the March issue of ART AFRICA, titled 'Looking Further North.' IFAS translated El-Tahri's article from English to French for our Francophone readers.
In the March issue of ART AFRICA, titled 'Looking Further North,' Layli Foroudi explores the ways in which artists have responded to recent global crises. The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) translated her article from English to French for our Francophone readers.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Brooklyn, New York for the second time. The fair has just announced the participating galleries and artists that we can look forward to seeing this May!
Hailing from Cotonou (Benin) and Paris (France), THAT ART FAIR is proud to announce this year's Invited Artist Emo de Medeiros, who will present works from his recent Paris exhibition 'All Things Magic.' Having exhibited at the 58th Salon de Montrouge (2013) and Palais de Tokyo (2014), this will mark the first time that his work has been shown in South Africa.
Husband-and-wife team Trevyn and Julian McGowan are the founding directors of Southern Guild, the foremost collectable design gallery in South Africa. ART AFRICA spoke to them about some of their favourite designers, their recent success at Design Miami/Basel 2015 and the market for African design, both locally and internationally.
Pamela Stuyck reviews South African artist Bianca Baldi's performance 'Livro de Todo o Universo' at the Museum Plantin Moretus in Antwerp, Belgium. The two-and-a-half hour performance reflects on the processes of knowledge making, using the specificity of the site as a framework.
Ashraf Jamal pays a visit to Cape Town-based artists Liza Grobler and Norman O'Flynn at the Upper East Side Studios in Salt River, Cape Town in the lead up to their upcoming exhibition ‘The Space Between / The Noise Behind’ at the Fried Contemporary in Pretoria on the 25th February 2016.
ART AFRICA takes a look at some of the challenges faced by Nigerian artists following the arrest of performance artist Jelili Atiku on the 18th of January, 2016: an issue deeply rooted in political and economic uncertainty.
Building on the partnership between Associação Cultural Videobrasil and ART AFRICA magazine, THAT ART FAIR is excited to extend this relationship with THAT FILM FOCUS, a week-long film festival held in collaboration with shnit International ShortFilmFestival, Sunshine Cinema and Associação Cultural Videobrasil. The curated programme will showcase a broad spectrum of outstanding cinematic production from across the Global South, with a selection of feature length films and an evening dedicated to short films.
Ed Cross is the founder of Ed Cross Fine Art, a London-based gallery that specialises in art from Africa and its diaspora. ART AFRICA spoke to him about his recent sales at the Auction Room in London to find out more about current trends in the international art market, as well as the role of the collector and platforms like 1:54 and AKAA.