Newsletter: January 2016

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Happy New Year! and welcome to’s first 2016 newsletter.

This year will be mainly dedicated to research, with an emphasis on the work of South African photographer George Hallett, alongside a number of events programmed throughout the year, and the development of future exhibitions.

Our event this month:

‘On Afrophobia: Towards Decolonial Curatorial Approaches’, a seminar exploring forms of decolonial curatorial practices through interventions by curators, artists and researchers. With Nana Adusei-Poku, Christine Eyene, Alanna Lockward and Christian Nyampeta, moderated by Kjell Caminha.
Monday 18 January, 15.00-18.00, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
More information here.

For a list of future talks and conferences, visit upcoming events.

In the diary:

Zina Saro-Wiwa, Phyllis, 2010. Still from video. Image source: Tate Modern.
Zina Saro-Wiwa, Phyllis, 2010. Still from
video. Image source: Tate Modern.

Larissa Sansour: In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain at New Art Exchange, Nottingham (14 Jan – 13 March).

Mario Cravo Neto: A Serene Expectation of Light, Maud Sulter: Syrcas, and The Missing Chapter: TMC Showcase at Autograph ABP, London (15 Jan – 2 April, opening 14 Jan).

Zina Saro-Wiwa: From Nollywood to the Niger Delta, screenings and conversation between the artist and curator Zoe Whitley. Monday 18 Jan, 19.00-21.00, Tate Modern, London.

The Work Between Us: Black British Artists and Exhibition Histories, a one-day symposium unearthing the stories behind the exhibitions that have put the practices of African and Asian descent artists on Britain’s cultural map. Wednesday 20 January, 09.00 -18.00, Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Paper Tiger Whisky Soap Theatre (Dada Nice) an exhibition by Sonia Boyce curated by Sophie Orlando at Villa Arson, Nice (31 Jan – 30 April, opening 30 Jan).

Still showing in the UK:

Last days to visit the British Art Show at Leeds Art Gallery (until 10 Jan) before it travels to Edinburgh. In Leeds as well, The Feast Wagon with Simeon Barclay, Delaine Le Bas, Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh, The Tetley (until 10 Jan).

Carte de Visite with Helen Cammock, Claudette Johnson and Ingrid Pollard continues to 23 Jan at Hollybush Gardens, London. The exhibition booklet with an introduction by Lubaina Himid, writing by the artists, and an essay by Christine Eyene is now available at the gallery reopening on Friday 8 January.

Finally, No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 at The Guildhall, London, closes on 24 Jan.

Pavillon Martin. FRAC Reunion artists residency. Saint-Leu, Reunion Island.

News from Reunion Island:

Où poser la tête?, the two-part exhibition curated by Julie Crenn at the FRAC Réunion’s Maison Bédier and Villa de la Région is on until 24 Jan.

FRAC Réunion has just opened a new residency space, Pavillon Martin, in Saint-Leu. The first call for local artists closed early January but we’ll be sharing more information on the residencies and FRAC Reunion’s upcoming activities.

Watch this space for more art news!


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