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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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Next Chapter: Rowan Smith on distinguishing a new generation of practicing artists

Employing a multi-disciplinary approach to his artistic practice that includes sculpture, painting and photography, Smith’s work examines the complexities of 21st century South Africa, through the acts of appropriation, defacement and reparation. ©…

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Next Chapter: Mohau Modisakeng on investigating the impact of cultural histories on contemporary society

Working across the disciplines of performance, sculpture and photography, with an interest in exploring the relations between post-colonial societies and their connected histories, Modisakeng’s work,“emerges from a dark past, striding forward into the…

Next Chapter: Inquiries into emerging art practices

Next Chapter: Inquiries into emerging art practices

© Mohamed Arejdal. Qui Tiandra L’Afrique Tiandra Le Ciel. In-situ installation. Morocco, 2012. Photo by Younèes Baba-Ali. As we reach the midway point of 2014, one of the highlights of this year has…

Where Art Thou? Distance and Visibility in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Where Art Thou? Distance and Visibility in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Art in its many incarnations is a cultural ‘product’, whether hung on the walls of a museum, a private home or left in the atelier of its maker. From the moment it takes shape…

Separate But Equal, Negotiating Art Market Demand & Discourse

Separate But Equal, Negotiating Art Market Demand & Discourse

In 2010, Giles Peppiatt, director of African art at British auction house Bonhams made a revelatory assertion on the art market. “Look at the other markets — no one buys a van Gogh…

To Be or Not to Be [ African] Is That Even The Question, Identity in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

To Be or Not to Be [African] Is That Even The Question, Identity in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Benjamin Disraeli once said that “news is that which collides from the North, East, West, and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class…

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