Newsletter: May 2017

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The last couple of months have been spent researching George Hallett pre-exile photography practice in 1960s South Africa, visiting the 13th Sharjah Biennial (read the review on Contemporary And) and Reunion Island as part of the Frac (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain), which was also an occasion to meet artists across the island and give a talk at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art.

Back in London we’ve got a few projects in the pipeline including a preview of the video programme of YaPhoto 2017 hosted in collaboration with Open Source and Vortex.

Waves still
Edem Dotse and SUTRA, still from Waves/The Water (2017), video, 5’26”.

Digital Africa is a format first developed for a presentation at Southbank Centre, revisited for the video component of YaPhoto, Cameroon photography and lens-based platform, that will be screened in Yaounde, alongside other events, in November 2017.

Digital Africa, 25 May @ Vortex, London. Find out more here.


We’ve also been collaborating with Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, a new contemporary art gallery based in East London that opened last January. For its third exhibition, the gallery will present Still unresolved and very much ongoing, a selection of works by Delaine Le Bas (UK), Thierry Geoffroy (France/Denmark), Elsa M’bala (Cameroon/Germany), Gideon Mendel (South Africa/UK), and texts from Bakwa Magazine and its editor Dzekashu MacViban (Cameroon).

The exhibition runs from 9 June to 5 Aug. Private view: Thur 8 June @ 6pm.
See here for more information.

Gideon Mendel, Damage, 1980.
Gideon Mendel, Damage, 1980. Courtesy the Artist.

In the regions, we are currently developing Sounds Like Her with New Art Exchange, Nottingham. This UK touring exhibition, opening in October 2017, will bring together major women artists whose practice focuses on sound art and music. More information to come soon…

Lubaina Himi. Photo: Edmun Block, Modern Art Oxford.

In recent news, there has been a bright spotlight on African women art practitioners from Elvira Dyangani Ose being appointed Senior Curator of Creative Time last February, Marie-Ann Yemsi leading the Bamako Biennial, to Gabi Ngcobo, Curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, announcing her curatorial team. A number of artists have also been acknowledged, notably Dineo Seshe Bopape recipient of both the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize and Future Generation Art Prize, the Special Prize going to Phoebe Boswell; Otobong Nkanga with the BelgianArtPrize 2017; and Lubaina Himid, Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire and founder of the Making Histories Visible project, being nominated for the Turner Prize.

Issa Samb. Photo Christa Holka. Source Iniva.

On a sad note, in the second half of April alone, the art community has lost Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017), Vito Acconci (1940-2017) and Issa Samb (1945-2017). These three artists have made major contributions to black representation in painting, performance, video and conceptual art, across medium and beyond cultural boundaries.

Our thoughts go out to their family and friends.

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