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Malick Sidibé, Danseur Méringué, 1964, © Malick Sidibé, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris


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Malick Sidibé, Danseur Méringué, 1964, © Malick Sidibé, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair announced a lineup of special projects for the 2017 edition of the New York fair (May 5 – 7, 2017). This year’s special projects program is the largest roster of non-for-profit programming for the New York fair since its inauguration in 2015, and will highlight an incredibly diverse mix of projects and partnerships that will complement the gallery presentations throughout the main fair.
Robert Kelty with Esther Mahlangu


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Amref Health Africa is a wonderful and pretty essential organization, particularly in providing vital health services to African communities who need it most. What made you decide to run an art auction to raise funds, how did this project evolve? Why the focus on artists from the continent only.

We decided to hold a benefit art auction because of the rise in popularity of African contemporary art in the United States. We felt it would resonate with audiences here, in terms of bringing them unique, contemporary art pieces to invest in, while showcasing the diversity and talent from all regions across Africa. Being an African based health development NGO, we also wanted to raise more awareness of our ability to mobilize the incredible creativity of Africa. 


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Biannually, Venice becomes the world capital of contemporary art. Art enthusiasts, curators, artists, and journalists attend and discuss important social topics regarding the Biennale’s participants. Comparatively by geography, population, and the creative capability of the African continent, very little has been exhibited and discussed about many African countries until now. Only 7 out of 54 African countries are represented in national pavilions in the 57th Biennale Dell'Arte di Venezia.The lack of content becomes a lack of debate and research: How can unrepresented countries develop and improve their infrastructure for the promotion of the arts? Which are the factors preventing their community of creatives from thriving, both on a national and a global level?

Otobong Nkanga Wins The 2017 Belgian Art Prize

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The most important and historic award for contemporary art in Belgium goes to Otobong Nkanga. The artist’s delicate works on transformation processes referring to changes in our society won over the international jury. Alongside the Belgian Art Prize exhibition in Brussels, Otobong Nkanga’s work is currently also on view at Contour in Mechelen and Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens.

The public voted for its favourite artist and awarded the ING Public Prize to Maarten Vanden Eynde.

1:54 Announces FORUM Program, Curated by Koyo Kouoh

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Brooklyn, NY (March 2017) – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives, is pleased to announce the 2017 New York lineup for 1:54 FORUM, the fair’s annual talks program, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Founder and Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar and supported by Gabriella Beckhurst (FORUM Curatorial Assistant).

EXOTIC TRADE: Cultural imperialism, decolonisation and the Internet

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Tabita Rezaire in conversation with ART AFRICA.

 Tabita is a French born Guyanese and Danish new media artist, currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work explores ideas surrounding decolonial health and knowledge, and navigates these themes, both online and offline, through internet’s tools and languages. ART AFRICA sat down with Tabita to discuss her solo show, Exotic Trade, currently up on exhibition at the Goodman Gallery.

Win a life-changing trip to the Greenpop Zambia Festival of Action

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Take me to Zambia! Greenpop, a social enterprise working in Southern Africa, launched a competition to win a trip to the Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone. The festival is an environmental action summit that brings people together from around the world to actively engage with sustainability solutions and have fun while doing it. Everyone can enter the competition via the Zambia Festival of Action Giveaway. Just send Greenpop your short motivation before 3 May and win one week in Zambia between 25 June and 16 July 2017.

Chinafrika Conference at Goethe Institut, Johannesburg

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Chinafrika is a two-day conference from 29-30 April 2017 at Goethe Institut, Johannesburg presented in partnership with MetroZones Berlin, The Confucius Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. The conference presents academic papers, artist’s presentations and group discussions focused on cultural responses to the relationship between the African continent and the People’s Republic of China, both historical and contemporary.

Five Artists Announced UAE’s exhibition for the 2017 Venice Biennale

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Five Artists Announced for ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play’, the National Pavilion UAE’s exhibition for the 2017 Venice Biennale.

The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the five UAE-based contemporary artists who will be participating at the 57th International Art Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale). Commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition will run from May 13th to November 26th, 2017, with a preview from 10th to 12th May, 2017.

South African Film KROTOA is a hit at International Festivals

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KROTOA is just as remarkable and unforgettable as the historical heroin this impressive film is based on. It has already managed to conquer the hearts of international film lovers and critics, and is set to be an even bigger hit with local audiences. This film, which has not yet been released in South Africa, has already received six official selections at international film festivals, like the International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture, World Film Awards, Artemis Women in Action Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival.

The Lagos Biennial | Living on the Edge

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Lagos, an economic centre of Africa and cultural destination on the continent, has been dubbed as one of the emerging art capitals of the world. With its most recent art festivals being FESTAC ’77, Lagos Photo, ARESUVA, and Art X, Lagos is taking on the international art scene.

The Lagos Biennial, which is an artist initiative, will be held once every two years in the city of Lagos with the primary aim of opening cultural, artistic, and political conversations from Lagos to the rest of the world. In line with the spirit of Lagos which is all-welcoming, the Lagos biennial is not driven by Afrocentric ideologies but rather embraces the unifying simplicity of the human experience.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Announces 2017 National Artist Award Honoree

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Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. (April 11, 2017) — Anderson Ranch Arts Center, a premier destination in America for art making and critical dialogue, celebrates creativity and service to the arts by recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of key figures in the art world. This summer Anderson Ranch will honor Wangechi Mutu with the National Artist Award, Jan and Ronnie Greenberg with the Service to the Arts Award and Ann Korologos with the Extraordinary Leadership Award at its 21st Annual Recognition Dinner. The gala evening will take place on July 20, 2017.

Where are we/Where are we going?: Disempowerment and the Future of the DRC

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ART AFRICA in conversation with Patrick Bongoy.
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrick Bongoy graduated from both the Institute of Fine Art and the Academy of Fine Art in Kinshasa. Bongoy currently lives and practices in Cape Town, South Africa, but continues to reference the socio-economic and political dialogue of his birth country.

ART AFRICA spoke to Bongoy about his experiences in both South Africa and the DRC, as well as his work for upcoming solo exhibition at EBONY Curated, ‘Where are we / Where are we Going?’. 

Tabita Rezaire: EXOTIC TRADE

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Exotic Trade is Tabita Rezaire’s first solo exhibition in which she deploys ‘digital healing activism’ as a strategy to envision decolonial technologies through which we can ‘holistically connect to ourselves, to one another, to the earth and to the multiverse’ (Rezaire). Exotic Trade is on show at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg from 8 April to 17 May 2017.


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Art Dubai has established itself as one of the world's leading global art fairs. Whilst its roots were originally set in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA), Art Dubai has evolved over the years to become a vibrant meeting ground between established and trail-blazing emerging artists, collectors and art connoisseurs, and a vital link between the art ecosystems of Europe and the Americas with the Arab world, Africa and Asia.
Over the past seven years ART AFRICA has maintained a partnership with the fair and experienced these developments first hand. We believe that this platform in particular has an important place to play for Africa as it continues to emerge more prominently on the global art scene. Besides being a cultural powerhouse and center of creativity, Art Dubai harnesses the incredible spirit of collaboration and artistic energy of the region.

Documenta 14 | Learning from Athens

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The 14th edition of documenta will open in April 2017 in Athens and in June 2017 in Kassel. documenta 14, organised by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, is unique in its organisation as, reflected in its title: “Learning from Athens”, the exhibition will take place over two cities, instead of the usual Kassel.

Ryan Hewett 'Once Were Leaders' at Barnard Gallery

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Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.’Marcel Proust

A Story Picture Book by Obie Oberholzer

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Obie encompasses a decades-long sweep of his life’s work and covers the globe. It is part coffee-table book, part travelogue, part autobiography and part storybook, with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure. It’s a great photographer, documenter and character looking back through his ever-increasing archive (built up over 60 years) and choosing the images that resonate the most, and which have a story to tell. 

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