Newsletter: December 2017

5-vernissage-yaphoto-2017YaPhoto – Yaounde Photo Network held a series of events in Yaounde from 27 November to 2 December to conclude the pilot phase of the Cameroonian photography platform launched a year ago.
A curatorial debrief was published on YaPhoto website and discussions on the project’s next phase are already under way.

In England, Lubaina Himid MBE, Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a pioneer of the 1980s British black arts movement, a long-standing champion of women artists, and lead of UCLan’s Making Histories Visible project, has won the Turner Prize 2017.


The prize winner was announced on Tuesday 5 December by artist, musician and actor Goldie at Hull Minster (see BBC coverage). The members of the Turner Prize 2017 jury were Dan Fox, Co-Editor at Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center’s Bentson Scholar of Moving Image in Minneapolis, and Associate Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, Director, Showroom. The jury was chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.
Beyond the lifting the age limit, Himid is the first ever black woman to be awarded this prestigious artistic distinction established in 1984. Her work along that of the other nominees, Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Buttner and Rosalind Nashashibi, is currently exhibited at Ferens Art Gallery until 7 January 2018.

In Nottingham, Sounds Like Her, New Art Exchange’s project exploring sound art from a female perspective is still on show until 3 January. The exhibition features works by Ain Bailey, Sonia Boyce MBE RA, Linda O’Keeffe, Elsa M’bala, Madeleine Mbida, Magda Stawarska-Beavan and Christine Sun Kim.

Sonia Boyce, Devotional series (detail), 1999 to present. Installation view at New Art Exchange.

As part of the exhibition’s public programme, Sonia Boyce will give a talk at NAE’s main gallery on Thursday 14 December from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. She will discuss her practice that addresses race and gender, as well as her improvised collaborations between artist and audience. In Sounds Like Her, Boyce is presenting a new development of her ongoing Devotional series with the names of 200 black British female performers inscribed on a wallpaper, overlaid with placards especially created for the exhibition, featuring images of these women, plucked from Boyce’s own archive of concert announcements, fashion magazines and other materials documenting popular culture.
Visit New Art Exchange website to find out more.


In Brussels, Bozar is hosting a screening and debate as part of ARE YOU SERIES? – INTERNATIONAL TV SERIES FESTIVAL. Showing on Sunday 17 December 5.00pm-7pm, an episode of Guerilla, starring Idris Elba as activist Kent Fue, a member of the British Black Panthers, a radical underground movement set in 1970s London. Guerrilla series is directed by John Ridley, Oscar winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave (dir. Steve McQueen).
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Anna Ssemuyaba (script editor of Guerrilla), Omar Ba (activist, journalist BE) and Christine Eyene (curator, UK).


The call for applications to the 4th International Biennial of Casablanca is on until end of March 2018.
A public presentation on the biennial’s new artistic orientations and further insight on the theme of the 4th edition will take place in Morocco and England in February 2018.

Finally, we are sad to announce the passing of British artist Damian Le Bas.

Ausstellung Gypsyland
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Damian Le Bas (5 January 1963 – 9 December 2017) was a British artist associated with the Outsider Art genre. His Irish Traveller heritage formed a recurrent theme in his work. He had recently explored the claustrophobia experienced by nomads in modern European society by mixing cartography with an idiosyncratic tribal portraiture.
Le Bas attended the Royal College of Art and exhibited frequently in the UK. His work was also shown in Japan, France, the United States and beyond. In 2007, he was included in both the Prague Biennale 3 and the Roma Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Our thoughts go out to his wife the artist Delaine Le Bas, his son the writer and editor Damian ‘Danes’ Le Bas, their family and friends.

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