Jelili Atiku | A Performance Artists’ Efforts Towards Visual Education & Change

"As a principle of my personal de-colonization process, I use Egungun methods in my work. But this is not to say I am re-producing the Egungun performances. The Egungun are believed to be heavenly bodies and such it is secretive; whereas I, I am Jelili Atiku, the performer.  In theme, my performances are based on contemporary experiences." — Jelili Atiku

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  • 07.21.2014
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In Conversation with Dr. Pachanga, a Johannesburg-based Vintage Clothier

NOT x Chris Saunders | A Fashion & Photography collaboration from New York to South Africa featuring Dr. Pachanga

For some fashion merely constitutes items of clothing to cover the body, and for others it’s the palette for creativity and individuality. Johannesburg based vintage clothier,  Jean-Rene Onyagunga who goes by the alias Dr. Pachanga, falls into the later category.

Leading up to the NOT x Chris Saunders exhibition next month in New York, and tandem with their current Indiegogo fundraising campaign Another Africa over the coming weeks introduces each of the collaborators. This week we introduce Dr. Pachanga!

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Images courtesy of Chris Saunders. All rights reserved.

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  • 07.18.2014
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In Conversation with Jenny Lai & Chris Saunders on Digitally Enabled Cross-Cultural Creative Collaborations

‘NOT x Chris Saunders’ an experimental fashion and photography collaboration from New York to South Africa made possible by the Internet.

The Internet is undoubtedly changing the way we interact. The recent cross-cultural collaboration between New York based fashion designer Jenny Lai, and Johannesburg based photographer and filmmaker Chris Saunders hits this point home. Their photography and fashion project would never have happened if South Africa’s burgeoning creative scene wasn’t on the digital map.

Leading up to the NOT x Chris Saunders exhibition next month in New York, and tandem with their current Indiegogo fundraising campaign Another Africa over the coming weeks we will introduce each of the collaborators through candid interviews with exclusive behind-the-scene images shot during the making of each garment/accessory with images of the final collaborative pieces modeled by their muse, Manthe Ribane.

To get things started, meet the duo that crossed the digital divide, left caution to the wind and went on to conceive and make this project happen. Read more on anotherafrica.net

Images courtesy of Chris Saunders. All rights reserved.

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  • 07.11.2014
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Next Chapter: Inquiries into emerging art practices

…With all the buzz about Africa and it’s artwork, the biggest question that arises is what does all this mean for the next generation of artists? Will all this attention turn into programs providing previously unattainable resources? Will this lead to a greater emphasis on art-based education? And will young emerging artists begin to receive the exposure their work deserves?

Join us over the next three months for Next Chapter, a series that focuses on a group of countries in three regions of the continent, southern Africa, northern Africa and western Africa.

The series will attempt to provide an invigorating survey of the current conditions, education and resources available to young emerging artists in these regions on the continent. Next Chapter will include interviews, in depth discussions with, and reflections from, practitioners on the continent and those in the diaspora, all with the intention of highlighting the work being done by emerging African artists and making sense of what the impact of this African resurgence means to this new generation of artists.

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Images courtesy of Mohamed Aredjal. All rights reserved.

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  • 06.23.2014
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Cyprien Tokoudagba | Vodun, Animalia and the Twelve Kings of Abomey

The late Cyprien Tokoudagba had an undeniable talent for crafting windows into complex spiritual planes. These worlds are dominated by the haunting visages of animal and human hybrids, saturated with the diversity of Beninese motifs. This was a realm that Tokoudagba was thoroughly immersed in.

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Cyprien Tokoudagba (b. 1939 – 2012, Abomey, Benin) lived and worked as a painter and sculptor in Abomey, Benin.

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All images courtesy of the artist and Galerie Degbomey. All rights reserved.

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  • 06.20.2014
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Artsi Ifrach | The Fashion Chronicles of A Dream Catcher

"Memories and my imagination are my greatest sources of inspiration." -  Artsi Ifrach

Another Africa recently met in Paris with the formidable ‘Arty Dandy’, to discuss dreams, old cinema and incidentally the future of the fashion industry.  Read the full in-depth interview on Another Africa.

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  • 06.10.2014
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Antoine Schneck | Profiles of Mali

Headwear the world over is a meeting of protection from the environment and a manner of accessorising. These Malian models, as captured by French photographer Antoine Schneck, blur the line in their own way through the use of striking block colours. Though the elements must be kept at bay and traditional practices taken into account, it’s in the personalisation where style truly takes form.

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All images courtesy of the artist, Antoine Schneck. All rights reserved.

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  • 05.12.2014
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POPCAP ’14 Call for Contemporary African Photography

Now into its third year, POPCAP ’14 welcomes contemporary photographic portfolio submissions for its annual competition.

Five winners will be selected by a panel of eighteen international judges. The winners will all be invited to exhibit their work internationally at five open-air POPCAP exhibitions in Basel, Berlin during the European month of photography and with the Cape Town Month of Photography, LagosPhoto Festival, Addis FotoFest.

*POPCAP is open to photographers of any age and descent.

Find out how to apply and more details.

Open call closes on July 1, 2014.

All images courtesy of the artist, Cristina del Middel and piclet.org.

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  • 05.09.2014
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Jeremy Snell | Mali

Our last evening in Sourountouna was filled with the usual sandstorms, thunderclouds, and picturesque moments.
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  • 05.04.2014
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Demystifying ‘African’ design, The Africa is Now Exhibition

Good design has a place to not only making daily life aesthetically pleasing, but also functional was the clear message at this year’s Design Indaba - Africa is Now exhibition.

Curious about who designed these woven vases from Swaziland? All the answers and more in our review.

Source | anotherafrica.net

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  • 04.21.2014
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Discussing Aesthetics in The Trans-African Project - Invisible Borders

If there is anything like contemporary African art, it is those creations that are cognisant of this element of spontaneity and improvisation, which tends to work with, and draw from it the possibility of alternative forms and aesthetics. Therefore “being African” is to blur the lines between possible and impossible rendering the very state of “being” indefinable.

© Emeka Okereke. La Nouvelle Expression, Doulala, Cameroon (Invisible Borders, 2012).

Excerpt from photographer and Invisible Borders founder Emeka Okereke’s discussing aesthetics in The Trans-African Project and their current Indiegogo fundraising campaign which ends on April 23, 2013.

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  • 04.18.2014
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