AS THE 10TH EDITION OF BAMAKO ENCOUNTERS DRAWS NEAR

Renowned curator and Director, CCA, Lagos, Bisi Silva has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the 10th edition of Bamako Encounters themed TELLING TIME. Founded in 1994, Bamako Encounters is collaboratively produced and organised by Mali’s Ministry of Culture and Institut Français. The biennale is the first and principal international platform dedicated to African photography and lens-based media on the continent. In pursuance of its objective ...


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THE AUCTION ROOM HOLDS ITS SECOND AFRICAN ART SALE

On March 26, 2015, leading auction London-based auction house, The Auction Room will hold its second African Contemporary & Modern Art Sale. The sale comprises of 66 lots with low estimates ranging from only £300 up to £28,000, suitable for both seasoned and younger collectors. It also features a mixture of celebrated modernists such as Ben Enwonwu, Twins Seven Seven, Suzanne Wenger and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, as well as contemporary artists such as Julien...


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VICTOR EHIKHAMENOR: PAPER WORKS, WORKS ON PAPER

Paper Works: Works on Paper, a solo exhibition by leading contemporary artist Victor Ehikhamenor opened on March 19. The exhibition will run till May 14, 2015 and is organized by Constant Capital in collaboration with The Life House.

Ehikhamenor’s art is characterized by abstract and symbolic elements, drawing from the duality of African traditional religion and the interception of Western beliefs, memory and nostalgia. Like his previous series, Paper Works: Works o...


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THAT ART FAIR DEBUTS IN CAPE TOWN

On February 27, 2015, ARTsouthAFRICA launched THAT ART FAIR, a curated and affordable art fair with the sole objective to provide a platform for emerging and established African artists who work under the radar and differ from their counterparts. The fair ran till March 1 alongside the Cape Town Art Fair, GUILD Design Fair, and the Design Indaba Expo.

THAT ART FAIR aims at building new young audiences and collectors in Africa while making art entert...


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OLU AMODA: FRINGE

Fringe is sculptor and mixed media artist, Olu Amoda’s recent solo exhibition, investigating questions of privacy and public space in the Nigerian urban environment. The exhibition opened on March 7 at Art Twenty One and features remarkable works in sculpture, drawing and installations, examining the relationship between surveillance, religion, and the female form.

Amoda is renowned for his technique of welding several found objects including iron to create sculptures o...


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CHRISTINE DIXIE: TO BE KING

To be King is Christine Dixie’s recent video installation at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery. The exhibition runs from February 27 to March 7 and is informed by the essay Las Meninas, which Michel Foucault published in 1966 as the first chapter to his book The Order of Things.

In describing the painting by Velàsquez, Foucault suggests that through language, the taxonomy of the day, things are ordered. This order, particular yet tenuous, is depend...


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DEBORAH POYNTON: SCENES OF A ROMANTIC NATURE

Deborah Poynton’s Scenes of A Romantic Nature at Stevenson Gallery revolves around 21 large canvases and two series of corresponding drawings. The works on display reiterate her assertion that “Art is an offering, a show that mirrors the show we form around ourselves as we move through our scenery. Art is always artful, a ruse, a trick. It is part of the dream that we inhabit.”

The exhibition runs from February 12 to March 20 as a continuation of Poynton’s investigati...


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