Performance Art

The Displaced: a Performance Installation by Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey

Ghana. Stories of migration are rooted deep in our traditional and political histories. In as much as there are documentations of colonial migrations, there are many untold stories of internal ethnic migrations. Contemporary Ghanaian Artist Serge Attukwei Clottey tells the story of his family through a performance installation titled “The Displaced”. more

Source: Africa Speaks 4 Africa

Illustration
By Jennifer Sefa-Boakye

South African Illustrator Pola Maneli’s Reflections On Blackness

South Africa. Pola Maneli is a South African freelance illustrator and art director who centers his work around blackness and the multi-dimensional experiences of people of color. Blending bold colors and contemporary iconography with floral and faunal motifs, Maneli uses his art to speak out against the notion of a monolithic black culture. more

Source: okayafrica

LGBTQI

Africa’s Out! And fiercely claiming its freedom

All Africa, New York. Africa’s Out! launches with a fundraiser in NYC. Founded by Kenyan artist and activist Wangechi Mutu, the platform is raising awareness and radical thought around the empowerment of the LGBTQI community within Africa. more

Source: thisisafrica

Photography

A New Online Exhibition Of Nigerian Photography

Nigeria. The Photographic Museum of Humanity, which launched in 2013 as the first “internet museum” dedicated to contemporary photography, has recently unveiled a new series dedicated to contemporary photography from Nigeria. more

Source: okayafrica

Street Art

Coloring Kigali: Bringing Street Art to Rwanda

Rwanda. From those who make and access art to the basic definition of art, street art is changing the face of the African continent. A subset of public art, street art takes many forms including, but not limited to, graffiti, mural, wheat-paste, stick, and projection art. more

Source: AADAT Art

Art

Paintings show the casual violence of colonial masters

Congo. In front of a white building, with a Belgian flag flying high in the yard, a black man in a striped t-shirt and shorts is being strangled with a chain. This is a scene from one of the paintings by T. Kalema, an artist who was part of the Lubumbashi Movement, and whose work is part of the exhibition, 53 Echoes of Zaire, which opened on 27 May at the Sulger-Buel-Lovell gallery in London. more

Source: CNN

Feminism

Everyday sexism: What’s it really like #BeingFemaleinNigeria?

Nigeria. The Hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria is causing quite a stirr on Twitter. The tweets are coming in from women all over the world, not only Nigerians but from all those who have similar experiences to share. Some hashtags are outright funny while others are thought-provoking and alarming. more

Source: CNN

African literature

Ngugi wa Thiong’o says “let our planes fly”

Kenya. Kenyan literary giant, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, was arrested by the Kenyatta Government for being too critical in 1977 and in 1982. Under Kenyatta’s successor, Daniel Arap Moi, he was allowed to go into exile with the veiled threat that upon his return he would be met by a ‘red carpet.’ He was away for 22 years. Now Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first President, invited him back, rolling out the red carpet in his honor. more

Source: Africa is A Country

Insider's cultural guide

An insider’s guide to Addis Ababa: Car crashes, coffee and contemporary art

Ethiopia. From the Ethiopian Jay Leno to a serious coffee culture, artist sanctuaries and a history of motor accidents, the streets of Addis Ababa host a collision of culture. Ethiopian project manager and creative director, Metasebia Yoseph, who also is the founder of Design Week Addis Ababa, and author of Culture of Coffee, has put together an Insider's Guide to Addis. The New Africa gives you the highlights. more

Source: The Guardian