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Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu's Eye Spy, 2012

She depicts Goddesses, monsters, and animals that incorporate a new and subversive mythology. She facilitates a transgression and in turn makes the viewer an accomplice in decoding imagery. If the female body does carry the language and nuances of culture, there is something conspiratorial in taking imagery— subverting it—and creating a new language.

Hannah Snyder on the work of Wangechi Mutu.
Eye Spy, 2011.

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Sweet Boys & Butch Girls: activism in (gay) art

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We impose our opinions, our norms and morals onto those others or, even worse, we fight and go to war to basically weep them out or conquer them. Geography, religion, spirituality, traditions, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, we human beings have defined many ways to separate ourselves from “the other”. Will we ever actually see, respect and value all that includes humanity? Can art be a tool in this struggle?

Sasha Dees on activism in (gay)art
Abakhaphi at Promise & Gift’s Wedding II, Daveyton, 2013.

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Venice Biennial: Some Afterthoughts

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“Especially the group show in the main building of the Giardini park was of high quality. Because of the selection, but also because of the clever, inspiring installation. All the good things came together there.
Okwui Enwezor did it again. It sounds like an Obama slogan, but this edition will make a difference, especially for contemporary African art.”

Rob Perrée on his first evaluation of the Venice Biennial.
Kerry James Marshall, Playground, 2015.

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Rehema Chachage. The intimacy and harshness of African women’s rituals

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“(…) I fight hard to create a space for people who are interested in exploring more contemporary and experimental styles of working. My dream is to create a platform for people who are interested in contemporary ways of making art, in dialogue, in exploring new ways to create and in going out there and performing all these interesting interventions and especially targeting Tanzanians!”

Says Tanzanian artist Rehema Chachage to Rosalie van Deursen.

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Eltayeb Dawelbait

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Nothing can quench the insatiable appetite of Eltayeb’s inspired, creative mind, except getting to work, whatever the mode of expression. A falafel chef, a clothing designer, an engineer of recycled furniture, and a good friend to so many, the fetching fellow keeps baring new talents, none of which fail to impress. “My works reflects who I am, my thoughts and experiences, my history and everything around me,” says Eltayeb.

Zihan Kassam on the Sudanese artist Eltayeb Dawelbait, living in Kenya.

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Edition 6, June 2015.

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