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Breaking down artistic barriers in Ghana

Nana Oforiatta-Ayim on why it is an exciting time culturally in Ghana right now “Right now, artists are using their paradigmatic freedom and the multifariousness of input to create art that’s breaking through…

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Chale What?

ACCRA [dot] ALT’s Sionne Neely on Ghanaian emerging practice and their synonymous Chale Wote Street Art festival. Each year the CHALE WOTE street art festival transforms old Accra into a live cultural museum,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Tracing Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in Angola

© Kiluanji Kia Henda. As God Wants and the Devil Likes It (O.R.G.A.S.M Congress) 2011-2013. Courtesy of the artist and Brundyn+.   Angola’s critically acclaimed presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2013 has become yet…

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Surveying Zimbabwe’s Artistic Landscape

Bulawayo based curator Mthabisi Phili shares thoughts on the current state of the arts  and education in Zimbabwe  Working simultaneously as both an independent curator and founder of Voices in Colour, an organisation…

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Tracing Emerging Artistic Practice in South Africa

With planning underway for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art and on the back of the announcement of Johannesburg as one of Phaidon’s 12 Future Art Cities, there is an air of…

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