African Art – We Are Africa
25
May
2018
FUN, FIERCE AND FRIVOLOUS: MEET WANURI KAHUI, FOUNDER OF AFROBUBBLEGUM

5 -min. read Wanuri Kahui founded AFROBUBBLEGUM to empower an altogether more fun, fierce and frivolous view of Africa. Katie Palmer finds out what’s really important from the woman herself.

Chéri Samba, Place de la victoire à Kinshasa/Matonge, 1991, 80 x 100 cm oil on canvas – courtesy of Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels
27
Apr
2018
HOW DRC’S ARTISTS COULD CHANGE PERCEPTIONS OF THE HEART OF DARKNESS

4 -min. read The DRC has been associated with war as long as we can remember. But its budding artists – and tourist attractions – are adding colour and life to the country’s sombre caricature. James Davidson investigates.

Aida Muluneh, Dinkenesh Part One (2016) at David Krut Projects – courtesy of 1:54 / via artnet News
23
Jan
2018
HOW AFRICAN ART FAIRS ARE BRINGING MORE TOURISM TO THE CONTINENT

6 -min. read When just 0.05 per cent of the works shown at Art Basel or the Frieze Art Fair are of African origin, the African-centric 1:54 Art Fair has proved revolutionary in raising the profile of African art outside of the continent, and consequently, in bringing more tourism to Africa. But are region-specific shows excluding Africa from art’s central stage?

Jana 'Babez' Terblanche – by Paul Ward
08
Dec
2017
JANA ‘BABEZ’ TERBLANCHE IS THE ARTIST FOR A NEW AFRICA, SERIOUSLY

3 -min. read Britney-Spears-obsessed performance artist Jana ‘Babez’ Terblanche deviates from Africa’s historical, same-old narrative, instead moving towards an outrageous feminist statement that unites Africa and the world at large.

© Yinka Shonibare MBE
11
Oct
2017
ARE FAUX-AUTHENTICITY AND AN OUTDATED NOTION OF AFRICANNESS ENDANGERING THE CONTINENT’S NEW AESTHETIC?

5 -min. read Do old notions of ‘Africanness’ and ‘African authenticity’ do justice to the contemporary art forms brewing throughout the Motherland today? Discover the African artists who are challenging the status-quo.

TOKARA
06
Oct
2017
ART AND THE VINE: HOW THE CAPE WINELANDS ARE SERVING ART ALONGSIDE OF A GLASS OF RED

4 -min. read Art has linked arms with wine on the manicured estates of the Cape Winelands so that two of the greatest pleasures in life can be enjoyed side-by-side. Take a guided tour of the spellbinding collections to be found amongst the grapes.

22
Sep
2017
BELIEVE YOUR EARS: ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AFRICA IS OPEN

3 -min. read Today the 100,000-square-foot Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opens its doors to the public. As the biggest public art space to launch on the continent for more than a century, it looks set to change the contemporary art market as we know it.

26
Jun
2017
WHO SHOULD DESIGN YOUR NEXT HOTEL?

3 -min. read From vegetable- dyed textiles and charmingly wonky ceramics to sleek lighting and avant-garde sculpture, Emma Love looks to Africa’s homegrown designers for her interior inspiration.

08
Jun
2017
GET SWALLOWED UP BY THE DESIGNS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S PORKY HEFER

3 -min. read Singularly African; unashamedly buoyant; and delivering a sanguine shot of unaffected joy, designer Porky Hefer’s work has only just begun.

12
May
2017
JOHANNESBURG ARTIST LADY SKOLLIE USES HUMOUR AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

4 -min. read The work of Johannesburg-based activist artist Lady Skollie never errs on flippancy. Her pieces address rape culture, gender polarity and racial inequality.

30
Mar
2017
UNCOVERING CREATIVE SPACE IN THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL OF ACCRA

5 -min. read Ghana’s creative scene is steadily growing, and an entrepreneurial spirit pulses through the country’s capital city, Accra.

31
Jan
2017
BRUSHING AWAY THE DUST WITH AFRICA’S CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERIES

4 -min. read For a glimpse into African culture through its art, the vibrant galleries and exhibition spaces in these African cities are the perfect start.

Danielle Clough
19
Jan
2017
INTERNET SENSATION DANIELLE CLOUGH IS MAKING A RACKET ABOUT CAPE TOWN CREATIVITY

3 -min. read Cape Town creative Danielle Clough encapsulates both the pre- and post-viral world. The craft that she has become known for is as timeless as can be.

Tony Gum
03
Jan
2017
COCA COLA MEETS GLOBAL CULTURE WITH THE COOLEST GIRL IN CAPE TOWN, TONY GUM

3 -min. read A Cape Town blogger turned rising art star, Tony Gum is one of the world’s most exciting young creatives.

09
Nov
2016
NEW AFRICA PRIDE AT LAGOSPHOTO

4 -min. read Launched in 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, taking place until 21 November. Melissa Twigg investigates.

Faith47 © Henrik Haven
16
Aug
2016
THE EXISTENTIAL MUSINGS OF JOHANNESBURG-BORN STREET ARTIST FAITH47

4 -min. read Johannesburg-born artist Faith47 is not a Banksy nor a D*Face. Her art does not scream instant recognition.

04
May
2016
PUTTING AFRICAN STORIES IN THE FRAME

2 -min. read Take a journey through modern Africa with our on-site gallery of photographs Made In Africa.

07
Jan
2016
INTO THE ART OF AFRICA

4 -min. read Brendon and Suzette Bell‐Roberts, founders of both ART AFRICA and That Art Fair, tell us how the contemporary art scene is developing in Africa.

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