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Photo Story: ART AFRICA at JCC Carthage Film Festival (Tunis)

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This week, ART AFRICA is in Tunis for the Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (JCC - Carthage Film Festival). The Carthage Film Festival is the oldest event of its kind in Africa (established in 1966) and brings together the best in Arab and African film, including the best in student film projects. The highest award of the festival is the 'Golden Tanit' named after the Phoenician goddess Tanit.

Following the terrorist attacks in the capital on Wednesday night, security measures and a curfew have come into effect, but the festival continues. This beautiful city will not be shut down. ART AFRICA stands in solidarity with creative communities around the world affected by recent global events.

AKAA Announces 2015 Exhibitors & Resolves That the Fair Will Go On

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For the first edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa) – taking place in Paris at the Carreau du Temple from 3 – 6 December 2015 – twenty-five galleries from ten different countries have been carefully selected by the AKAA Committee. Alongside the announcement of the confirmed exhibitors, Victoria Mann (Founder and Director of AKAA) has resolved that the fair will go on despite the recent terror attacks across the city of Paris.

Entries for The SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Are Officially Open

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Now in its second year, the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award is an innovative competition that aims to bridge the divide between high art, contemporary culture and the vast population of South Africans using public transport daily. Now seeking entries from across the country, the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award asks artists to take their own artwork and interpret it further for a decal that will cover an entire taxi.

The ART AFRICA December Issue: 'Whose South Is It Anyway?'

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The ART AFRICA team has been hard at work on the upcoming December issue, 'Whose South Is It Anyway?' We have sent the second edition of the all-new ART AFRICA to print, and we eagerly anticipate its arrival on shelves and at numerous art fairs and events across the globe, including AKAA (Also Known As Africa) in Paris!
 
Here are some of the December issue's highlights...
 

'Brave Beauties': A Pratt Photography Lecture by Zanele Muholi

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Presented by the Pratt Institute's B.F.A. Photography programme, The Pratt Photography Lectures feature diverse photographers, critics and curators that speak about their work.
 
In Brooklyn, New York City, 'visual activist' Zanele Muholi was the selected speaker for the series. Muholi studied at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and completed an MFA at Toronto-based Ryerson University. At Pratt Institute, the artist discussed diverse photographic projects including Faces and Phases (2006-ongoing), ZaVa (2012-2014) and Brave Beauties (2013-present), along with her more recent self-representative work, Somnyama Ngonyama (2015).
 
Javiera Luisana Cadiz Bedini was there to document the event for ART AFRICAYou will also be able to access this exclusive content in the November Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android)!
 

'Brutally Early Club:' Brendon Bell-Roberts in Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

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Brendon Bell-Roberts met up with the swiss curator, writer and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist to discuss the latest edition of the Brutally Early Club, which was held for the first time on African shores in Johannesburg earlier this year.
 
You will also be able to access this exclusive content in the September Digital Issue of ART AFRICA (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android)!
 

ART AFRICA at the 10th Bamako Encounters, Mali: Photos

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ART AFRICA recently visited Mali to attend the 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography. This year's theme, curated by Bisi Silva, was 'Telling Time' – exploring "the complex and multifaceted relationship between images and time," according to Silva. 
 
"Inspired by both Mali’s rich cultural traditions of storytelling and the nation’s recent political upheavals, the forthcoming edition questions the methods by which artists narrate real and imagined experiences through different economies of time," Silva continues; "In chronicling how artists address the unpredictable and consequential relationship between political action, social experience, and aesthetic experience, Telling Time offers a multiplicity of perspectives from which to assess the biennale’s enduring role as an international convener of photographic practices in Africa."
 
Have a look at some of our snapshots from the event, which opened on 31 October and will run until 31 December.
 

'Africanizing the Philosophy Curricula in Universities in Africa' by Edwin Etieyibo

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There have recently been sustained discussions regarding the need to reflect on what students are being taught at universities in Africa. These discussions have also been severely cashed out within the broader debates on transformation and curriculum development.
 
The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) Philosophy Department recently hosted a workshop entitled, 'What Are You Teaching Me? Africanizing the Philosophy Curricula in Universities in Africa' in order to better understand some of these issues within the context of the philosophy curriculum. Dr. Edwin Etieyibo shares his insight from the workshop with ART AFRICA.
 

Curator's Insight: Tegan Bristow on 'Post African Futures' at Goodman Gallery JHB

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Post African Futures’ (held at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg from 21 May to 20 June 2015) was an exhibition curated by Tegan Bristow that critically engaged with the position of technology within contemporary African culture, investigating a resistance to technological globalisation.
 
This article forms part of a new ART AFRICA feature, known as ‘Curator’s Insight,’ which provides a comprehensive look into the curatorial processes and thinking behind significant exhibitions across the globe. You will also be able to access this exclusive content in the October Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

ComicArtAfrica: Su Opperman in conversation with Karlien De Villiers

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South African artist, Karlien de Villiers has proven herself to be a versatile and dynamic practitioner that's equally comfortable in a variety of artistic expressions, whether in sequential graphics or looser forms of painting and printmaking. She has exhibited widely in both South Africa and Europe and is currently in the process of completing her second graphic novel, Die Wildevroue, which will be released in France this year. ComicArtAfrica’s Su Opperman decided to find out more.
 
The abbreviated version of this interview appeared in the September issue of ComicArtAfrica, a sister publication of ART AFRICA that ran as an internal supplement in the inaugural issue, ‘Becoming African.'
 

The 2015 Visible Award: Temporary Parliament

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This Saturday, 31 October 2015, is the date for the upcoming jury event for the 2015 Visible Award! First awarded in 2011, and then again in 2013, the Visible Award is the first European award for socially engaged artistic practices in a global context. Visible itself is an ongoing research project in contemporary art devoted to art work in the social sphere, that aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context.

Look out for a review of this weekend's open jury consultation, chaired by Chris Dercon, in the upcoming December issue of ART AFRICA!

Announcing the 2015 ArtReview Power 100!

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As the most established ranking within the artworld, contemporary art magazine ArtReview’s Power 100 provides a unique snapshot of the contemporary art scene as it stands today. This ranking of figures is compiled by an invited international panel, with entrants judged on their international influence over the production of art and their contribution to the artworld during the past twelve months.
 
ART AFRICA would like to congratulate all those who made it onto the list, with special mention going to Okwui Enwezor (who made the Top 20 this year at #17), Roselee Goldberg (#57), Koyo Kouoh (climbing to #73) and William Kentridge (a new entry at #81). Well done to all of you!
 

Otobong Nkanga's 'Crumbling Through Powdery Air' at Portikus, Frankfurt

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Daniel Hewson reviews 'Crumbling Through Powdery Air,' an exhibition by Otobong Nkanga, with Miriam Bettin, Stefan Cantante, Il-Jin Atem Choi, Siri Hagberg, Lina Hemmsdorf, Sophia Lee, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, Filippa Paterson and Natalia Rolón. The exhbibition was on show at Portikus, Frankfurt from 16 July - 6 September 2015.
 
This exhibition review appears in full in the inaugural issue of ART AFRICA, 'Becoming African.'
 

In This Life and the Next: ART AFRICA In Conversation with Paa Joe

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In the lead up to his performance piece, titled The Farewell, at the 2015 FNB Joburg ArtFairART AFRICA spoke to Paa Joe, the celebrated Ghanaian palanquin and fantasy coffin artist.
 
This interview appears in full in the inaugural issue of ART AFRICA, 'Becoming African.' You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the October Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

'My World': Senzo Shabangu at David Krut Projects, Johannesburg

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David Krut Projects in Parkwood, Johannesburg presents ‘My World’, a solo exhibition by Senzo Shabangu which officially opened on Saturday the 3rd of October 2015. This solo exhibition is the fourth under Shabangu’s belt, and his second within this main gallery space. The exhibition spans an assortment of mediums – from ink to charcoal drawings, and from linocuts to lithograph prints in limited edition. Khehla Chepape Makgato, an independent artist and arts writer, contributes his voice to the exhibition.

Curatorial Concept Announced for 2016 Marrakech Biennale for Contemporary Art

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Curated by Reem Fadda, the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale announces its curatorial concept, 'Not New Now.' The curatorial concept aims to provide for an intellectual framework that unites multiple arenas of art and cultures by looking at it from the particular location and history of the city of Marrakech. It builds on a longstanding history of Pan Afro-Arab unity, through critically investigating socio political projects, cultural partnerships, and art movements that have led to many shared artistic tendencies.

The heritage sites of Marrakech will invoke these moments of intersection, through a plethora of site-specific commissions and installations, by a group of international artists especially from Africa, the Arab world and its diasporas. Performances, displays of archives, film programs, seminars, lectures and even conferences will provide for a dynamic structure that looks at and cements these cultural commonalities and relationships.

ART AFRICA In Conversation with Koyo Kouoh About 1:54 FORUM, London 2016

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With the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair opening its doors at Somerset House in London today (15 October 2015), ART AFRICA looks back at our conversation with Koyo Kouoh, coordinator of the 1:54 FORUM educational and artistic programme for this year -- focusing on the artistic and intellectual relationships between the Maghreb or North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa or ‘Black Africa.’
 
South African art historian Liese Van der Watt speaks to  Kouoh, the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, her own organisation based in Dakar, Senegal, which was established to promote and stimulate critical, theoretical and analytical conversation around contemporary art production. FORUM is essentially a continuation of that agenda, albeit on a larger platform.
 
This interview appears in full in the inaugural issue of ART AFRICA, 'Becoming African.' You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the October Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

Announcing the winners of the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, ‘Southern Panoramas’

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ART AFRICA extends our congratulations to the winners of the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc-Videobrasil, 'Southern Panoramas'! Spread throughout the sprawling city of São Paulo the Festival comprises a meticulously organised exposition of video and visual art exhibitions; talk programmes, meetings, conversations, workshops, seminars, book launches and educational presentations. Here we present the winners and their respective residency prizes, along with a glimpse at some of this year's highlights.
 

Call for Applications: World Cultures Connect Creative Skills Workshops in Ethiopia and Malawi

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Visiting Arts (UK), in partnership with The Africa Centre, based in South Africa, prepares for the World Cultures Connect ‘Creative Skills’ training programme for arts practitioners from the 11-13 November 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and 17-19 November 2015 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Creative Skills training programme calls for artists and creative practitioners looking to develop their business to submit an application to join us in November.
 
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