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Robyn Sassen In Conversation with Richard Smith

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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.

Andrew Lamprecht in conversation with Gavin Rain

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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. 

'A Concept in Flux:' Sabrina Moura's Positioning Piece for the December Issue of ART AFRICA

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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. 

You can now also purchase a copy via our convenient electronic payment form! SUBSCRIBE or BUY A COPY today! You can also access this exclusive content in the December digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICAapp, HERE for Apple and HERE for Android.

'Symptoms Articulated as Objects': FNB JoburgArtFair 2015 by Ashraf Jamal

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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."

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.
 

First Thursdays Highlights: Exhibitions to See Throughout December 2015

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It has been an interesting and important year for art, especially within the African context. To round it off, here are a number of exhibitions that will see 2015 through. As part of First Thursdays - that took place on 3 December in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa - these were some of our highlights from last night's event. If you didn't make it out last night, don't dispair! Most of these exhibitions will be on throughout December and make for some excellent holiday browsing.

The Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, in Support of Book Dash

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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.

'It Is What It Is:' Zemba Luzamba at EBONY

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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.

10th Bamako Encounters: Snapped in Conversation with Uche Okpa-Iroha

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ART AFRICA's sister publication Snapped met up with Nigerian photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha at the 10th Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography. Uche Okpa-Iroha has been an instrumental figure in the development of African photography and is a founding member of both the Invisible Borders: Trans-African Project and the Nlele Institute.

This interview also speaks to his body of work, The Plantation Boy (2012), which won the Seydou Keita prize at this year's edition of Bamako Encounters, the first time that anybody has been awarded the prize twice in the festival's history.

10th Bamako Encounters: Snapped in Conversation with Bisi Silva

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ART AFRICA's sister publication Snapped spoke to curator Bisi Silva about the 10th Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography in Mali, which opened in October.

In this interview Silva sheds some light on the events history, the significance of this year's theme, 'Telling Time,' the challenges that African photography face and the importance of the medium as a tool to help remember and redefine.

'Whose South Is It Anyway?': Valerie Kabov's Positioning Piece for the December Issue of ART AFRICA

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The December issue of ART AFRICA, titled ‘Whose South is it Anyway?’ grapples with some pertinent questions relating to concepts of the ‘Global South,’ such as: What is considered the ‘Global South’? Who does this definition encompass and what are its effects? And, increasingly, are these definitions and delineations even still relevant?

This particular edition takes its name from this positioning piece by Valerie Kabov, ‘Whose South is it anyway?’ Kabov lends an indispensible voice to this issue, both as the founder and director of First Floor Gallery (Harare) and, we’re pleased to announce, one of our team as an ART AFRICA Editor-at-Large!

This article is available in the December issue of ART AFRICA, now on shelves across South Africa and available via international subscription. You can now also purchase a copy via our convenient electronic payment form! SUBSCRIBE or BUY A COPY today! You can also access this exclusive content in the December digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICA appHERE for Apple and HERE for Android.

Carthage Film Festival Award Ceremony

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Carthage Film Festival is the oldest international festival of its kind in Africa. Set in Tunis, the event ran from the 21 - 28 November, showcasing some of the most outstanding film production from Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and South America, with a particular emphasis on cinema from North Africa. ART AFRICA were fortunate enough to attend the award ceremony and would like to take this oppurtunity to congratulate not only the winners, but everbody who contributed to the 2015 festival's cultural wealth.

ART AFRICA Claims Silver in the 2015 Arts Journalism Awards

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The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) announced the winners of the 2015 Arts Journalism Awards in Johannesburg yesterday, naming freelance writer Lwandile Fikeni as overall Arts Journalist of the Year.

ART AFRICA was awarded silver in the ‘Organisational Award’ category and Ashraf Jamal, previous editor of Art South Africa and ongoing contributor to ART AFRICA, also snagged a silver in the ‘Features’ category! Congratulations to all the winners!

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.
 
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