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Redirecting The Lens: ART AFRICA In Conversation with Gabriel Bauret

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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.

'Arab Territories' by Nadira Laggoune

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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 Partners with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) / ART AFRICA devient partenaire de l'Institut français d'Afrique du sud (IFAS)

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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.

Santu Mofokeng wins International Photography Prize 2016

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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.

THAT ART FAIR 2016: What not to miss on the final weekend!

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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. 

'Polymorphic:' ART AFRICA In Conversation with Oliver Barnett

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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.

'The Great Divide' by Jihan El-Tahri

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"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.'

"The Medium is the Message:' ART AFRICA In Conversation with Emo de Medeiros

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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.

La grande ligne de séparation

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'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. 

THAT ART FAIR partners with Videobrasil!

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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 ShortFilmFestivalSunshine 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.

'The Double Layer of Mediation:' Online Exhibitions and Technology in Curation

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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.


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