Another exhibition on contemporary African art of Simon Njami. He is known as the curator of Africa Remix (2005), the first African Art Fair (2008) in Johannesburg, The Divine Comedy (2014) in Frankfurt and the Dak’Art of last year in Senegal.
Mutuku likes to explore new approaches in his art practice, particularly the integration of organic and man-made materials with new digital and technological processes – for the artist “any medium can be art.” Interrogating ‘what can be art’ and ‘what art can be’ is central to Mutuku’s outlook. He says “if we stay stagnant in what has already been accepted in art then we come to a point where art can die…you need to ask yourself, are you really commenting on the time that you are living in.”
Craig Halliday on Mwini Mutuku.
Visceral, Red Vinyl on Mirror, detail.
We should start talking about black people as creators of their own knowledge instead of mere subjects. We should not only speak about different kinds of knowledge productions but also about different kinds of experiences. We are still in the moment that we haven’t achieved it.
Lih-Lan Wong in conversation with curators Tatenda Magaisa and Katleho Shoro and participant Matshelane Xhakaza
“My main sources of inspiration have come firstly from paintings. I admire painters like Rembrandt. Caravaggio and Jean-Michel Basquiat are my favourites. I am attracted to Caravaggio’s use of light and mood in some of his paintings. His paintings are very dramatic and therefore I like to take influence from his work.”
Christabel Samuel interviews Othello De’Souza-Hartley.
The Masculinity Project.
The film is both about identity and race. From a black man getting out of prison to a black man living the white house as president, American society forces you to live with a double consciousness of being black in a country that oppresses people of color.