Art & Culture

lettera27 & Megumi Matsubara On Language

“When we close our eyes, what do we see?”: a simple question posed by a Japanese artist opened a door to an exquisite dialogue upon language and its power to communicate. Another Africa…


Tracing Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in Nigeria

Exploring the nexus of Nigeria’s local and diasporic artistic production   © Nkiru Oparah, poetics of reverie, 2014.   Often referred to by some as the “Giant of Africa”, Nigeria has long been…


Expanding intercultural dialogue in Nigeria

Marc-Andre Schmachtel on the Goethe-Institut and its commitment to intercultural exchange and local artistic discourse 2012 saw the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Lagos, Nigeria. Originally established in 1962–two…


Emerging Abroad: Contributing to Nigerian art from afar

In conversation with Nkechi Ebubedike on her experience as a young artist connected to but working outside of Nigeria   © Nkechi Ebubedike, Bright Boys, 2011.   “Why not focus on any culture’s…


Deciphering the Traditional Symbology of Contemporary Masks

Our intertwined history with the undeniably disparate act of disguise has assured the immeasurable quality of mask design. Masking can be as lighthearted as it is significant – from the playful finishing touch…


1:54 The New Face of African Art in North America?

Contemporary African art is growing into a more coveted commodity within a terse global art market. The emergence of art fairs such as 1:54 could signal a rise in seamless commercial platforms for…


The Currency of Nástio Mosquito

When is being dangerous priceless? Missla Libsekal speaks with contemporary artist Nástio Mosquito.


56th Venice Biennale | This Is a Sound Proposal

First African curated Venice Biennale opens a wide space for questioning the world we live in. Expressing the complexity of our times, it offers us opportunities to become engaged. * Click images to…

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