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.
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.