Thursday, 14 February 2013

Launch of CONTEMPORARY AND (C&) - A platform for international art from African perspectives


CONTEMPORARY AND (C&)

A platform for international art from African perspectives



Launch Party with South African DJs Lakuti (Uzuri , Süd Electronic) and Rushmo, February 22, 2013 starting at 9.30 pm at Roter Salon, Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin

Contemporary And (C&) is an international online platform for diverse and critical insights into, and perspectives on, contemporary African art. The project is initiated and published by the German „Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen“ – ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations). C& gives established and emerging artists, curators, art critics and other cultural producers from Africa and the diaspora the opportunity to reach an international audience and expand their networks.

C& is edited by a team of art critics and other cross-cultural writers and cultural producers, all of whom have close connections to Africa and the diaspora. Editor-in-chief is the journalist and art historian Julia Grosse; coordinator is the cultural scholar and producer Aicha Diallo. The advisory board expands the platform’s range and includes architect David Adjaye, Clémentine Deliss, director of Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main, curator Christine Eyene, and Bisi Silva, director of CCA Lagos.

C& will publish articles in English, French, and German. The website will offer a lively magazine with critical essays, columns, and reviews. The first edition will feature interviews with Yinka Shonibare and Dineo Seshee Bopape, as well as writing by authors Sean O’Toole and Caine Prize winner Olufemi Terry. Numerous other contributors will broaden the scope of the magazine’s focus and inform readers about important new publications, current exhibitions, art venues, symposia, and biennials in Africa and beyond. A reoccurring emphasis will consist in looking back at historically important exhibitions, biennials, workshops, as well as important African artists and collectives.

C& will also include an ART SPACE, a virtual room where artists and curators can meet and realize projects and exhibitions together. C& ART SPACE wants to create opportunities for interaction beyond borders or transportation difficulties. The ART SPACE doesn’t replace the real exchange but is an alternative opportunity for collaboration and exchange.


Come, dance and celebrate the launch of Contemporary And with us on February 22. Details to follow.


For further information, please feel free to contact


Markus Müller
Bureau Mueller
Alte Schönhauser Str. 35
10119 Berlin
Germany
Phone:  +49 (0) 30 20188432
E-mail: mm@bureaumueller.com



C& is an Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) project.

C& is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office through “Aktion Afrika”.
Africavenir - www.africavenir.org - is our media partner.

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