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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

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The Message Of Art

Algeria. Asad Faulwell's massive canvases channel the ornate appearance of tapestries or kilim, weaving together intricate designs from paint, paper and pins. Yet the repeating patterns are interrupted by decidedly darker, psychedelic imagery: the faces of phantom women, female combatants from the Algerian War of Independence. more

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Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by African Artists

All Africa. The Divine Comedy: In this early fourteenth-century epic, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) explores theological, philosophical and moral issues which have lost nothing of their social and political topicality to this day. His work forms the foundation for the exhibition developed by curator Simon Njami. The motif of the poster is a work by Ethiopian artist Aida Muluneh. Please read her interview on the exhibition that will open March 21 at MMK, Frankfurt / Germany. more

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In Search Of Beauty, Take A Desert Breath

Egypt. Located near the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt, Desert Breath is a massive, double-spiral piece land art dug into the sands of the Sahara desert. Created back in 1997 natural erosion has started to revert it back to its original desert plain. But Desert Breath still remains visible some 17 years after its completion - even from satellite images taken from Google Earth. more

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Celebrating Ethiopian Fine Art

For three days the Itegue Taitu Hotel, the oldest Hotel in Ethiopia, is the highlight of the cultural scenes of Addis Ababa. From December 13 to 15, 2013, the beautiful and vibrant villa in the old city district of Piassa, is the home of the biggest art sale ever in Ethiopia. more

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Sierra Leone. Burn Borders Build Bridges, an exhibition at Art Miami Basel is about the Folorunsho Creative Collective. Curator Mallence Bart-Williams is a designer and social-entrepreneur from Sierra Leone and Germany. more

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A Fantastic Journey

Kenyan-born, New York-based Wangechi Mutu on her identity: When I say I’m an African artist, I mean it’s part of my practice, part of who I am because I was born and raised there. But often when people say I’m an African artist, it’s reductive – it’s exotic, it comes from a world that’s in the past. more