WRITING ART HISTORY SINCE 2002
For too long, there was too little written about contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Writing art history from an African perspective is essential to changing the narrative about art from the continent and owning it proudly.
After opening our contemporary art gallery in 1999, our next step was to launch Art South Africa in 2002. Our conviction was that Africa had to take a proud stance and to showcase itself from the continent and with an African voice. It has never been easy to navigate between the 54 countries that make up the continent, never mind the cultural and language differences. But through intellectual dialogue and the discourse on the internationalism and multiculturalism of the arts from Africa – we have made it easier to navigate the conversations.
In 2015 we went international, changing the title of the publication to ART AFRICA. Over the last 18 years, the magazine has become a collector’s item – our highly curated editorial strategy and intelligent design ensure that every single edition of the magazine makes a valuable addition to our archive. The publication is also a vital resource, found on the library shelves of global art collectors, museums and gallery directors, academics, artists and those just wanting to learn more about contemporary from Africa.
Through insightful positioning pieces, in-depth interviews, features, profiles, and reviews, ART AFRICA captures and reports on the latest developments around contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora.
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The pervasive Coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into mayhem. Galleries have closed, art fairs have closed, and so many art print publications have closed their doors.
This has affected us all, the artists, the writers, the curators, the biennales and art fairs.
This the cultural ecology that ART AFRICA publication supports and vice versa.
ART AFRICA needs your assistance as patrons of the arts to keep ongoing.
Every contribution will make a difference and will help us to continue to write African art history from an African perspective and, proudly, from the African continent.
We need to be able to commission our writers and contributors. We need to nurture emerging artists and creative practitioners so that the next wave of thought leaders can build on what we have been able to achieve so far!
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