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The Sheltering Pixel: The Representation of the Other



The Sheltering Pixel is a very personal meditation of a non-African artist but who has matured his discourse and his way of looking, thanks to African artists in the Diaspora, whose knowledges and art works have raised issues such as the representation of the Other.

Raquel Villar-Pérez in conversation with Javier Hirschfeld.

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Oh the Horror: Black Characters in Scary Movies


Horror is often cited as the genre that reflects our deepest, darkest and most base fears and this is why it is the rawest platform to explore society. The best films evoke the visceral, emotional and mental demons that reside within us and as such it is clear that race is a demon that still frightens society. The catch is that ‘society’ has meant white society and so the threat of the Other has always been present. Therefore the two-dimensional, reductive portrayals of black and minority characters have endured.

Christabel Johanson on Black Characters in Scary Movies
Still from ‘Get Out’, 2017

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Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town


The politics behind our Zeitz MOCAA Social Practice and performance production and the storyline it currently tells have raised questions about the way that this story will be written as well as how much of a say Africans really have in the discourse around African Art.

Phumzile Twala about Zeitz MOCAA, the recently opened Contemporary African Art Museum in Cape Town
Yinka Shonibare, Addio Del Passato.

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Renee Cox


“I wanted to overturn the concept that blacks were always represented as victims. I want to deconstruct stereotypes. I want the stereotypical representations of women turning upside down, for their empowerment.”

Rob Perrée in conversation with the American artist Renee Cox.

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Abdoulaye Konaté

KonateL'oisseau rouge 2016 Cover

“The wealth of African countries does not have to do with money, it is their culture and their traditions. Therefore it is so important that we process traditional culture in our work and at the same time show that we are open for external influences.” Abdoulaye Konaté

Rob Perrée on the Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté
L’Oisseau Rouge, 2016.

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