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Savvy Journal - artcontemporaryafrican The official Facebook account of SAVVY Journal: A Journal for Critical Texts on Contemporary African Art in the African and African Diaspora context.

The aim of this bilingual journal is to revitalise an open and academic discourse on contemporary artistic positions and art projects related to Africa and its Diaspora. The journal strives, on the one hand, at partaking in and steering the current debate on contemporary African art, and on the other hand at formulating and instigating new critical questions, positions and discourses. SAVVY | art.contemporary.african. aims, with zeal and zest, not only at shining light on these issues but also at paving the way for a new generation, as well as a shift in the subject matter from the defensive‚ colonial, post-/ Neo-colonial focus to an offensive, self-confident and interdisciplinary cultural, fine art and art historical nucleus. A further focal point is the art scene in the German-speaking countries, where this journal is the first of its kind and where the methodologies of curating contemporary African art need to be investigated. Twitter: https://twitter.com/SavvyJournal

22/09/2013

The official countdown starts today... we will keep you informed about the works and vita of all the formidable artists in the very promising upcoming show at SAVVY Contemporary ... “Perpetual Travellers”.

Here is the line up... so stay tuned!
Sunday - Juan Duque
Monday - Assaf Gruber
Tuesday - Ištvan Išt Huzjan
Wednesday - Meggy Rustamova
Thursday - Pascale Marthine Tayou
Friday - Philippe Van Wolputte
Saturday - Pieter Vermeulen (Curator)

www.savvy-contemporary.com

14/08/2013

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The Walther Collection was featured in DW Deutsche Welle. Give it a look.
30/07/2013
Photography defines West's view of Africa | Culture | DW.DE | 22.07.2013

The Walther Collection was featured in DW Deutsche Welle. Give it a look.

How does the West view Africa? Their images over time have been closely tied to the development of photography. An exhibition in Germany now explores how external ideas about Africa have been shaped by photographs.

29/07/2013

Only 5 more #likes until we reach 300! Help us get there by sharing our profile!!! We'd appreciate it so much!

Our sister space SAVVY Contemporary has a new building!
23/07/2013
Kathedrale der Elektrizität

Our sister space SAVVY Contemporary has a new building!

Kein Schloss, keine Kirche – ein Umspannwerk. In der Richardstraße vegetierte dieses Perle der Industriearchitektur viele Jahre vor sich hin. Und hat nun neue Gäste gefunden.

23/07/2013
Africology

If you're in the NYC area!

IT'S An Africology Weekend in NYC: The Official Guide

TODAY: PEPPA SOUP FESTIVAL @JACKIE ROBINSON PARK IN Harlem 1PM-6PM

TOMORROW: SummerStage NYC WITH OLIVER " TUKU" MTUKUDZI.... A LIVING LEGEND::)

2PM-7PM

BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!

11/07/2013
Art Dubai

Call for Entries!!

Call for entries: the The Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, in collaboration with the Omoba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) announces the third edition of the Unilag/OYASAF Art Entrepreneurship workshop, taking place between September 23-27. The fields to be covered include: Ceramics; Experimental Art forms; Performance Art and Waste recycling; Bead and wire works and photography. To apply, send your resume to: [email protected] by August 20.

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126604:unilagoyasaf-workshop-calls-for-entries&catid=74:arts&Itemid=683

West African photographer Andrew Esiebo was recently featured in the New York Times. Check it out!
04/07/2013
West Africa, as Seen From Its Barbershops

West African photographer Andrew Esiebo was recently featured in the New York Times. Check it out!

Andrew Esiebo, who documents barbershops in West Africa, is among an emerging generation of African photographers telling stories rooted in daily life but often overlooked.

Check out this review from Buala.
25/06/2013
African Screens (re)viewed from Lisbon | BUALA - african contemporary culture

Check out this review from Buala.

Representations of Africa tend to reproduce old stereotypes, adapted to recent trends but ultimately reproducing, even in postcolonial times, a largely negative and monolithic image of a diverse continent. The same can be said of cinema. A more or less consensual approach to "African cinema" associa...

24/06/2013
ADDIS RUMBLE

Check out and LIKE this great page!

We’re approaching 1000 likes. Let's make it happen. Share Addis Rumble and help us uncover African arts.

La maison rouge fondation Antoine de Galbert has an exhibition opening tomorrow--"My Joburg"--that includes work by Guy ...
19/06/2013
My Joburg - La maison rouge - fondation antoine de galbert

La maison rouge fondation Antoine de Galbert has an exhibition opening tomorrow--"My Joburg"--that includes work by Guy Tillim, who is also part of the Berlin based gallery Kuckei + Kuckei. Read more about it here!

"This exhibition looks at the art scene in a city where history has been on the march since the abolition of apartheid and the first democratic elections in 1994...By presenting this selection of artists, la maison rouge would like to give its visitors a taste of the creativity and energy typical of the arts in Joburg today and the place that they occupy on the contemporary art scene."

http://www.lamaisonrouge.org/spip.php?article949&date=venir

My Joburg at la maison rouge continues a series of exhibitions showcasing art in cities that are not capitals, less known by French public, and (...)

17/06/2013
THE WALTHER COLLECTION

The Walther Collection has a new exhibition that opened just last week. Check it out!


"'Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive', the third exhibition devoted to African photography and video art.

This exhibition brings together late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century portraits, cartes de visite, postcards, album pages, and books from Southern and Eastern Africa, set in dialogue with recent photography and video by contemporary artists who have engaged with photographic archives."

http://www.walthercollection.com/displayEssay.php

Check out the feature of Louis Phillipe Degagouge from Another Africa.
12/06/2013
Shades of Swagger #32 | Louis Phillipe Degagouge,...

Check out the feature of Louis Phillipe Degagouge from Another Africa.

Shades of Swagger #32 | Louis Phillipe Degagouge, is his name. A Personal Shopper, Stylist and Fashion Blogger living and working in Casablanca, Morocco. An ardent blogger since November 2011. From...

The Stevenson gallery in South Afica recently opened an exhibition of Meschac Gaba's third solo show at the gallery "The...
11/06/2013
STEVENSON | Meschac Gaba

The Stevenson gallery in South Afica recently opened an exhibition of Meschac Gaba's third solo show at the gallery

"The exhibition will comprise works that he made for the recent Benin Biennale as well as an installation titled La Mode en Miniature.

La Mode en Miniature takes the form of a shop of babies' and children's clothes, made in Cotonou, Benin, and displayed on painted dummies, also from Cotonou. At first glance, the installation appears childlike and sweet, yet a closer look reveals that the embroidered texts on the colourful clothes are violent, disturbing and disconcerting words and phrases, a reminder of children's vulnerability to certain phenomena in our society."

http://www.stevenson.info/exhibitions/gaba/index2013.html

This summer in London, Tate Modern will present Meschac Gaba's Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997-2002), an immersive 12-room installation which fuses art and daily life, questioning the nature of the museum and perceptions of African art. Constructed over a five-year period, it invites visito...

06/06/2013
Nolan Judin · Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kudzanai Chiurai, Georgina Gratrix, Andrew Gilbert, Kiluanji...

Artist Kiluanji Kia Henda, who was featured in our fourth edition, is part of an exhibition at the NOLAN JUDIN BERLIN.

"...the exhi­bi­tion includes a selec­tion of works that connects to the artists’ social and polit­ical real­i­ties, entan­gled with their per­sonal lived experiences."

Find out more here! ->

http://www.nolan-judin.de/exhibitions/2013/the-beautyful-ones/about.html



African Digital Art Network covered Senegalese photographer and designer Omar Victor Diop  (Viktor (Photos)). Check it o...
05/06/2013
Omar Victor Diop

African Digital Art Network covered Senegalese photographer and designer Omar Victor Diop (Viktor (Photos)). Check it out!

http://www.africandigitalart.com/2013/06/omar-victor-diop/

TweetOmar Victor Diop was born in Dakar in 1980. Since his early days, Omar Victor Diop developed an interest for Photography and Design, essentially as a means to capture the diversity of modern african societies and lifestyles. The quick success of his first conceptual project Fashion 2112, le...

Here's an interview with the curators from Beyond Entropy Ltd about their work with artist Edson Chagas at this years La...
03/06/2013
Angola

Here's an interview with the curators from Beyond Entropy Ltd about their work with artist Edson Chagas at this years La Biennale di Venezia. They were awarded the "Golden Lion for Best National Participation"! - http://www.labiennale.org/en/mediacenter/video/55-b27.html

Biennale Arte 2013 - Nascimento e Rabolli Pansera

Congratulations to Edson Chagas and Beyond Entropy Ltd for being awarded the "Golden Lion for Best National Participatio...
03/06/2013
Encyclopedic Luanda: Angola at the Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Edson Chagas and Beyond Entropy Ltd for being awarded the "Golden Lion for Best National Participation" while representing Angola at this years La Biennale di Venezia!

Find out more about their exhibition here - http://theculturetrip.com/africa/angola/articles/encyclopedic-luanda-angola-at-the-venice-biennale/

Edson Chagas and Beyond Entropy will represent Angola at the Venice Biennale, with a project which sees them reconstruct part of Luanda and interrogate our perception of the city.

31/05/2013

Are you at the La Biennale di Venezia? If so, share your photos and thoughts about the exhibitions with us!!

Tavares Strachan is representing the Bahamas at this years La Biennale di Venezia. Check out this article about his work...
31/05/2013
Tavares Strachan Represents the Bahamas Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition la...

Tavares Strachan is representing the Bahamas at this years La Biennale di Venezia. Check out this article about his work there!

And check out their website and FB page as well!

http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/05/tavares-strachan-represents-the-bahamas-pavilion-at-the-55th-international-art-exhibition-la-biennale-di-venezia-june-1-november-24-2013/

The Bahamas, which will host its inaugural pavilion at the 55th International Venice Biennale in 2013, will present Polar Eclipse, a multi-sensory installation by Tavares Strachan that investigates themes of heroic exploration, cultural displacement, oral history, and the shifting of historic narrat...

There are 5 artist representing Zimbabwe at this years La Biennale di Venezia - Voti Thebe, Rashid Jogee, Virginia Chiho...
30/05/2013
Zim in Venice

There are 5 artist representing Zimbabwe at this years La Biennale di Venezia - Voti Thebe, Rashid Jogee, Virginia Chihota, Portia Zvavahera and Michele Mathison.

Today we're highlighting their exhibition there!

"Zimbabwe's curatorial theme identified for the exhibition is entitled DUDZIRO: Interrogating the visions of religious beliefs. The theme relates to the bigger Venice Biennale 2013 theme The Encyclopaedic Palace developed by the Curator Massimiliano Gioni."

http://ziminvenice.tumblr.com/

In 2011 Zimbabwe made its first ever appearance with an inaugural pavilion at the 54th Venice Art...

The CCA,Lagos is presenting - "Emissaries of an Iconic Religion, the first major solo exhibition in Nigeria of Adolphus ...
27/05/2013
Current Exhibition: Adolphus Opara, Emissaries of an Iconic Religion

The CCA,Lagos is presenting - "Emissaries of an Iconic Religion, the first major solo exhibition in Nigeria of Adolphus Opara. This photographic series of portraits of diviners from the regions of South-Western Nigeria invoke the symbols and narratives of indigenous religious belief, as well as its relevance and function within the society."

http://www.ccalagos.org/current-exhibition

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present Emissaries of an Iconic Religion, the first major solo exhibition in Nigeria of Adolphus Opara. This photographic series of portraits of diviners from the regions of South-Western Nigeria invoke the symbols and narratives of indigenous religio...

Today is the last chance to see this exhibition! Stop by hausderkunst if you're in Munich!"Vivid, evocative, and dramati...
26/05/2013
Haus der Kunst - Detail

Today is the last chance to see this exhibition! Stop by hausderkunst if you're in Munich!

"Vivid, evocative, and dramatic, "Rise and Fall of Apartheid" features nearly 70 artists and covers more than 60 years of photographic and visual production that form part of the historical record of modern South African identity. With more than 500 photographs, artworks, films, videos, documents, posters, and periodicals, the exhibition is a rich tapestry of materials."

http://www.hausderkunst.de/index.php?id=83&no_cache=1&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=3590&cHash=1df0a2c4417a3be431e4612923e1a0c7

Haus der Kunst

25/05/2013
Entrevista com Manthia Diawara | BUALA - cultura contemporânea africana

definitely worth reading!

Entre 27 e 29 de Junho, o ISCTE-IUL irá a acolher a quinta Conferência Europeia de Estudos Africanos (ECAS 2013). Paralelamente aos painéis temáticos haverá uma mostra de cinema africano, o ECAScreenings, e uma mesa-redonda, The State of the Art: African Contemporary Cinema in Focus. BUALA colabora…

The "Nothing to Declare? World Maps of Art Since '89" exhibition at the Akademie der Künste ends this sunday! Check it o...
24/05/2013
Nothing to declare

The "Nothing to Declare? World Maps of Art Since '89" exhibition at the Akademie der Künste ends this sunday! Check it out before it's over!!

http://www.adk.de/de/projekte/2013/Nothing_to_declare/

(page in English and German)

Die geopolitische Wende 1989 eröffnete das Zeitalter der weltweiten Biennalen, deren Geografie die Westkunst, mit ihrem alten Gegensatz zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie, verabschiedete. Mit dem Ausstellungsprojekt Nothing to Declare? werden diese globalen Entwicklungen dokumentiert. Im Zentrum der A...

Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and their highlight of the exhibition by Kenyan-born, Brooklyn–based ...
21/05/2013
Wangechi Mutu

Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and their highlight of the exhibition by Kenyan-born, Brooklyn–based artist Wangechi Mutu.

http://www.mca.com.au/exhibition/wangechi-mutu/

Wangechi Mutu, curated by the MCA’s Rachel Kent is a comprehensive survey of works by Kenyan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu. Touring to: Orange County Museum of Art 4 November 2013 – 26 January 2014

16/05/2013
Ingrid Baars | The Poetic Psyche of Female Iconography | Another Africa

A great article from Another Africa about artist Ingrid Baars -

"With “L’Afrique !”, Ingrid Baars transmutes into a self-improvised spiritual medium. Provoking uncharted subject matters such as mysticism and animism, she tackles with great humour, kindness and temperance, issues that remain inherent to the DNA of past and contemporary Africana."

http://www.anotherafrica.net/art-culture/ingrid-baars-the-poetic-psyche-of-female-iconography

The life of an artist is that of an impetus to humanity’s search for beauty, truth and understanding. A breed entirely apart, struggling to bring forth onto the canvas of a chosen media, feelings and emotions that a mere commoner would note only in passing. Dutch born and Antwerp based visual artist...

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