This month began with a participation to academic events in Paris and London, with a workshop on the representation of the “post-colonial repressed body” within the French context, organised by Françoise Vergès, Chair of Global South(s) at the Collège d’études mondiales. At Tate Modern, “Fast Forward: Women in Photography” brought together international scholars and art practitioners whose work focuses on women’s archival and contemporary photography.
Both events have been recorded and will be made available to the public.
More on women with upcoming events in Lancaster and Nottingham: “Women in Sound/Women on Sound Symposium”, a day-long symposium that explores the role of women in the various disciplines of sound, at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), 13th Nov, 10.00 – 21.30. “Women in Music”, a panel discussion by women working in music, both in front and behind the scene, who will share the challenges they have experienced throughout their careers. New Art Exchange, Nottingham 28th Nov.
Telling Time, the 10th Bamako Encounters curated by Bisi Silva with associate curators Antawan I. Byrd and Yves Chatap. The re-launch of the African photography biennial was marked by the announcement of awards, with Nigerian photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha winning the Grand Prix Seydou Keita (5,000 euros) for Plantation Boy a series revisiting Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Other prize winners include Lebohang Kganye and Simon Gush, South Africa (Prix Coup de Cœur du jury, prix de l’Institut français: €1,500); Aboubacar Traoré, Mali (International Organisation of La Francophonie Prize: €3,000); Em’Kal Eyongakpa, Cameroon (The Tierney Bamako Award: project development in collaboration with Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg); George Senga, DRC (Royal Air Maroc, Prix Léon l’Africain: 2 business class tickets to Marrakech including accommodation), Lucia Nhamo, Zimbabwe (Special prize, Lanchonete.org: residency in Sao Paolo).
The members of jury were: Alioune Ba, Solange Farkas, Ngoné Fall, Kenneth Montague and Simon Njami. The 10th Bamako Encounters continue to 31st Dec 2015.
In Reunion Island, the FRAC – Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain just opened “Où poser la tête“, an exhibition by French art historian and curator Julie Crenn, exploring the art of portraiture. The artists featured are Malala Andrialavidrazana, Giulia Andreani, Soleïman Badat, Sammy Baloji, Valérie Belin, Jimmy Cadet, Denis Darzacq, Oleg Dou, Thierry Fontaine, Samuel Fosso, Esther Hoareau, Stéphanie Hoareau, Pieter Hugo, Pascal Lièvre, Myriam Mihindou, Zanele Muholi, ORLAN, Yohann Quéland de Saint Pern, Rina Ralay-Ranaivo, Moussa Sarr, Mary Sibande, Pascale Simont, Abel Techer, Marc Turlan, Kimiko Yoshida and William Zitte.
Presented over two venues, Maison Bédier and Villa de la Region, the exhibition runs to 24 January 2016.
Still on show:
The Chimurenga Library, an exhibition co-curated by Chimurenga, Otolith Collective and The Showroom. The project includes a number of public events by the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective. Next up: From Africa to Future Study Day 14th Nov, 12–8pm.
The Chimurenga Library is on at The Showroom, London until 21 Nov.
In the diary:
Co-curated by Mary Conlon and Ian Russell
Orsmton House, Limerick, Ireland
20 Nov – 13 Feb. 2016. Private view 19 Nov.
Carte de Visite
Group show curated by Lubaina Himid including work by Helen Cammock, Claudette Johnson and Ingrid Pollard.
Hollybush Gardens, London
4 Dec – 16 Jan 2016. Private view 3 Dec.
The 2015 Visible Award (€25,000) went to Karrabing Film Collective (Australia) a grassroots Indigenous based media collective raising awareness about the injustices faced by the country’s indigenous population, developing new forms of collective Indigenous agency and addressing the question of land appropriation. The experts invited to help decide on the award included: John Byrne, Beatrice Catanzaro, Anna Colin, Ekaterina Degot, Christine Eyene, Janna Graham, Magdalena Malm, Emily Pethick, Laura Raicovich, Marinella Senatore and Nato Thompson. Open deliberations took place on Saturday 31st October in the grand Council Chamber of Liverpool Town Hall. The final decision was voted by the jury together with a live audience.
Visible curators by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander will present Karrabing Film Collective with the award on 13 Nov in the framework of Visible on the High Line: Making Collaborations, during the Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Boys and Girls High School Campus, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City.
Finally, Simon Njami, independent curator and art critic, has been appointed artistic director of the 12th edition of Dak’Art – Biennale of Contemporary African Art. Scheduled to open in May 2016, the biennale is usually preceded by a call for artists. More information should be available soon.
Watch this space for more art news.