"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.
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.
We have had an overwhelming response to the call for applications for THAT ART FAIR 2016, receiving over 165 applications from artists and galleries from 21 countries, including Ghana; Mali; Senegal; Brazil; Ethiopia; Egypt; Cote d'Ivoire; Kenya; South Africa; Namibia; Angola; Mauritius and as far afield as Canada, Germany and Dubai! Have a look at the full list of confirmed participants for this year's fair – now only four weeks away!
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.
Since you last heard from us, we have been working tirelessly on our ever-expanding programme for the 2016 iteration of the event, having received applications from over 165 artists from 20 countries! See what we've been up to...
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.
The South African art world mourns the sudden and untimely passing of two great minds and well respected professionals. In December 2015, we lost both the esteemed auctioneer Stephan Welz and acclaimed architect Jeremy Rose. Find out more about their significant contribution to the art world here.