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

What does it mean to you to be an emerging artist working on the African continent in the 21st century?

It means that I am actively engaged with a deep-rooted culture and heritage of the African continent, which has proven to be resilient, surviving the effects of colonialism and globalization, adapting and expanding. Yet I feel like I’m both at the center of it all and simultaneously at the margins of the global cultural community.

Artist Mohau Modisakeng speaking to Another Africa’s Houghton Kinsman.

Source | anotherafrica.net

© Mohau Modisakeng, Ditaola VI, 2014. Courtesy of Mohau Modisakeng and Brundyn+,Cape Town.

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  • 09.15.2014
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Ojeikere, A Compelling Monograph on a Photographic Legend

Not since 2000 and the release of  J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Photographs has there been an extensive publication dedicated to the work of the late Nigerian photographer (1930-2014). This October at 1-54 art fair in London, a new monograph is set to launch with more than 200 photographs from Ojeikere’s archives along with critical essays that includes the artist’s final in-depth interview.

With the project in its final stage of development, Bisi Silva has launched a kickstarter campaign to complete and print the book. There are some exciting rewards on offer, such as one remaining Ojeikere archival print at £1,500 GBP with copies of the publication for donations of £70 GBP.

The campaign closes on Sept 22nd.

Visit the kickstarter page for more details.

All images courtesy of foto ojeikere and CCA,Lagos.

Source | anotherafrica.net

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  • 09.08.2014
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POPCAP ’14 Contemporary Photography from Africa Prize Winners Announced

It’s official, POPCAP’14 announces the 5 winners for this years edition of the Piclet.org Prize for Contemporary African Photography. The winning portfolios selected from 720 submissions are by Joana Choumali (Ivory Coast), Ilan Godfrey (South Africa), Léonard Pongo (Belgium), Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort (The Netherlands), and Patrick Willocq (France).

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Images courtesy of Patrick Willocq and piclet.org. All rights reserved.

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  • 07.28.2014
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In Conversation With Sound Artist Emeka Ogboh on Lagos, and Listening To The World In a Musical Way

A lot of people would consider Lagos’ soundscape as being very noisy, and they’d call it noise. But I stopped calling it noise since I started listening to it. — Emeka Ogboh

Ilpo Jauhiainen | But when you first started did you have any doubts? Did you always know sound was going to be one of your main media?

Emeka Ogboh | It’s an interesting question; I didn’t actually set out to be a sound artist. Lagos made me a sound artist. I didn’t always know that sound would be one of my main media of artistic expression. I thought I would be a brief affair, but I completely got sucked into it and I didn’t see that coming. Of course I had doubts when I started, I wasn’t so sure what I was doing or where I was going with it. It felt like I was groping around a dark room, searching for the light switch. But then, persistence paid off.

Read the full in-depth interview with Lagos-based sound artist Emeka Ogboh in conversation with Ilpo Jauhianen.

Source | anotherafrica.net

Images courtesy of Emeka Ogboh. All rights reserved.

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  • 07.28.2014
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In Conversation with Dennis Chuene, a Cape Town-based Fashion Designer

Meet the collaborators in the dynamic fashion and photography project, NOT x Chris Saunders, from New York to South Africa.

Dennis and Jenny meeting for the first time in Cape Town, 2014. Photo | Chris Saunders.

Leading up to the NOT x Chris Saunders exhibition 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 Dennis Chuene of fashion label Vernac!

Quite frankly my preoccupation/obsession with the China bag, came with a need to take ownership of a discarded cheap bag that I grew up seeing.  I wanted to personify it, to give it a metaphoric voice to say, ‘I am part of you. You use me when you’re out on your luck and discard me when you make a buck.’ — Dennis Chuene

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Images courtesy of Chris Saunders. All rights reserved.

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  • 07.25.2014
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Another Africa x Vestoj | Sartorial Meditations No. 3 | The Lengths

‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud.’ – Coco Chanel

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  • 04.10.2014
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The Treasures of Accra’s Growing Art Scene

In Accra there is a perception that art is only for the moneyed classes or people from abroad, but Swaniker hopes that having the cafe in Bubiashie, a community of working people, will inspire and change mindsets.

“I think what is happening in Accra right now is incredibly exciting,” says Nana Oforiatta Ayim, founder of the cultural research platform ANO.

Source | anotherafrica.net

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  • 02.14.2014
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Antoine Tempé | Portraits of Contemporary African Dancers

Photographer Antoine Tempé masterfully wields a camera and captures his subjects, luminaries of contemporary dance from Africa, with beautiful kinetic energy.

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  • 02.07.2014
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Shades of Swagger #78 | Vintage studio photography

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  • 10.29.2013
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Shades of Swagger #77 | J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Untitled 1970

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  • 10.28.2013
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Shades of Swagger #76 | Pose, Cigarette, Sunglasses for Yéyé en position, 1963. Studio portraiture by Malick Sidibe.

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  • 10.27.2013
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