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.
Dr. Julie Taylor, the founder and director of the online art platform Guns & Rain, writes about the rise of the Internet and of new, rapidly-evolving web technologies that have had profound consequences for all aspects of society and economy, in particular for the flow of information. This article explores some of the implications of the Internet for exhibition and curatorial practices.
Nearly ten years after the Standard Bank Gallery hosted the controversial ‘Picasso and Africa’ exhibition, the public will soon be given the chance to experience first-hand the work of another Modernist great – Henry Matisse.
Galerie m Bochum, Germany, hosted South African artist Tanya Poole’s first major exhibition in Europe, 'Thozama and Rose'. Christiane Lange speaks to Poole about her large-scale ink drawings and video installations, which confront issues of motherhood, socio-economic difference and conflict, born from the unexpected subject matter of karate.
Sophia Olivia Sanan of the African Arts Institute spoke to some of the members of the Global South Initiative about the implications of migration on culture, the possibilities for Southern solidarity and the role of culture in the global development agenda.
This series of interviews were published in the December issue of ART AFRICA.
Valerie Kabov spoke to curator Gabirela Salgado about how Latin America and Africa motivate her work, her personal interest in exploring their complex, ‘ex-centric’ place in art history through a ‘Global South’ lens and the need to decolonise our minds.
Houghton Kinsman shares his view on the role of art journalism with ART AFRICA, speaking to some of Africa's most influential arts writers about their understanding of the contribution that writing makes to artistic discourse and the responsibility that comes with it.
ART AFRICA's Robyn Sassen met up with South African artist Richard Smith to discuss his current exhibition, 'New Paintings,' at Ebony in Cape Town. Smith began his career as a cartoonist, producing work for The Sunday Times, Punch and the Harvard Business Review. His current body of work is testament to his versatility as an artist. In the interview, Sassen speaks to Smith about his transition into oil painting, the naming of his work and the power of the accidental.
This article was published in the December issue of ART AFRICA, 'Whose South is it Anyway?' and is also available in the December edition of the Digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICA app, HERE for Apple and HERE for Android.
Khehla Chepape Makgato reviews ‘Uncovered,’ the students’ exhibition at Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg.
The Foundation for Contemporary Art in Ghana needs your help! In June 2015 the heavy rains and flooding in Accra, Ghana, caused major damage to the library and project space when a tree fell on the building. In order to make the space functional once more, they've put out a call to assist their crowdfunding campaign. Here's how you can help.
Andrew Lamprecht met up with South African artist Gavin Rain at Worldart in Cape Town to discuss his creative process, neuropsychology, his Masters in Space Studies and his participation in the 54th Venice Biennale. Rain is best known for his op-art pointillist paintings that combine mathematics, precision and a love for analogue photography. Practicing as a painter throughout his career, he developed his specific pointillist style from 2003. Since then he has built up an impressive collection of pointillist portraits, cityscapes and other interesting subject matter.
In October ART AFRICA attended the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc-Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas, in São Paulo. The following positioning piece - which appears in the December Issue of ART AFRICA, 'Whose South Is It Anyway' - was written by the fair's seminar curator Sabrina Moura as a continuation of some of the discussions that were held over the course of the festival.
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Award-winning Cape Town-based cultural analyst, writer and educator, Ashraf Jamal, reviews the 2015 FNB JoburgArtFair for ART AFRICA. "Just how ‘African’ is African art?" asks Jamal, "How transcultural? How diasporic? It would seem that each of these questions... proved critical to [Lucy] MacGarry’s directorship."
Khehla Chepape Makgato reviews 'Two Social Pacifiers' at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg for ART AFRICA, a solo exhibition by the Ethiopian artist, Endale Desalegn. The exhibition is on show from from 5 November to 19 December 2015.
To celebrate the launch of her latest book Broken Monsters (2014), local sci-fi thriller writer, Lauren Beukes joined forces with curator Jacki Lang to put on a pop-up art exhibition with a twist. Not only would artists be invited to create works on pages torn from Beukes’ book, but the proceeds raised would go directly to a charity nurturing young South Africans to develop a love of reading.
Anna Stielau reviews Zemba Luzamba's solo exhibition, 'It Is What It Is,' at EBONY, Cape Town. Luzamba was born and grew up in Lubumbashi, DRC during the 1970s. Due to rampant civil war back home, the artist decided to move to South Africa, where he has lived and produced art since 2000.