This Week in African Artwork and Tradition (October 10 – 16, 2021) – Sugarcane Journal ™

This week in African artwork and tradition, the 1-54 Modern African artwork honest, Africa’s greatest artwork honest, kicks off in London. Additionally in London, a gaggle exhibition that includes rising artists from Democratic Republic of Congo opens. Sadly, we report information of the passing of considered one of Africa’s famend summary painters. And on the literary scene, one other African writer has his work going to display, and a Ugandan author has received the PEN Worldwide Author of Braveness 2021 award.

1-54 Modern Artwork Truthful Kicks Off at Somerset Home, London


Above: Osinachi | Man in a Pool III | 2021 | Courtesy of the artist and Daria Borisova (collaborating in The Digital Salon at 1-54)

This week, 1-54 Modern African artwork honest kicks off its ninth and largest version but on-line, together with a bodily occasion on the Somerset Home, London. The honest commenced on Oct. 14, with works from 48 main worldwide galleries representing 23 international locations throughout Europe, Africa and North America together with Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, the UK and america. 

The honest is accompanied by 1-54 Discussion board, an in depth program of artist talks, panels, screenings, performances and readings that will probably be curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif, director of collections and senior curator at Sharjah Artwork Basis, additionally going down each on-line and at Somerset Home. Entitled Continental Drift, 1-54 Discussion board brings collectively artists and audiences; mediators and narrators, to collectively delve into themes of legacy, philanthropy and digitality. Exploring this interstitial second in historical past, 1-54 Discussion board explores the idea of the drift as a second for gradual reflection.

Moreover, as a part of this system of 1-54 Particular Initiatives, the honest as soon as once more will probably be partnering with Christie’s to current an exhibition on the Duke Avenue area, curated by artwork historian and artwork critic Christine Eyene.

1-54 Modern Artwork Truthful at all times has been one of many main African artwork gala’s on that has traveled to totally different cities—corresponding to Marrakech, Morrocco, New York, Paris and London. Nevertheless, because of the challenges of COVID-19, the honest got here to a gradual halt; nevertheless, with this version, momentum appears to be choosing up once more in London. The honest undoubtedly goes to revive the thrill that has been missing for the reason that lockdown.

The bodily honest will come to a detailed on Oct. 17, 2021.

Breaking the Mould: New Signatures from DRC Curated by Christine Eyene in London

Exhibiting in London is a gaggle exhibition titled, Breaking the Mould: New Signatures from DRC, that includes the work of 12 rising artists from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), predominantly former college students of the Academy of Effective Arts in Kinshasa, who’re breaking the boundaries of educational coaching and growing new types of visible explorations.

The artists are Arlette Bashizi, Beau Disundi, Ghislain Ditshekedi, Godelive Kasangati, Anastasie Langu, Jamil Lusala, Catheris Mondombo, Arsène Mpiana, Stone Mutshikene, Chris Shongo, Ange Swana and Joycenath Tshamala. 

For this exhibition, which opened Oct. 14, curator Christine Eyene chosen over 15 artworks and sequence comprising portray, images, mixed-media and set up items that replicate the brand new concepts, aesthetics and discourses rising from the center of Africa.

Breaking the Mould: New Signatures from the Democratic Republic of Congo is the artists’ first gallery exhibition within the U.Okay. It additionally seeks to put the second largest African nation, whose sculptural traditions have had a big affect on the event of Western and world modernism, on the heart of the continent’s creativity.

Alongside the exhibition is deliberate a public program that may launch throughout the 1-54 Modern African Artwork Truthful and a listing revealed by Beam Editions with a foreword by Barby Asante and essays by the curator and Lubumbashi, DRC-based artwork author and cultural operator Patrick Mudekereza.

This exhibition marks the reopening of the newly redeveloped 198 Modern Arts and Studying and is funded by Yetu – Property Funding Membership and Arts Council England. The exhibition will probably be on view from Oct. 14 till Dec. 11, 2021.



Ghanaian Artist and Curator Atta Kwami Passes Away at 65




Above: The late Atta Kwami

Atta Kwami, a Ghanaian painter whose abstractions are recognized for establishing a continuum between Africa’s previous and current, has died at 65. 

Kwami’s work usually resemble colourful arrays of geometric kinds which can be organized in ways in which recall grids. However not like the neat preparations seen in works by Piet Mondrian and Agnes Martin, Kwami’s compositions are freer and livelier, and infrequently are crammed with shapes of uneven sizes, rows of various widths, and dramatic contrasts between hues. In that manner, they’re nearer to the abstractions of Stanley Whitney, whose work, like Kwami’s, usually melds Western modernism with types related to jazz and crafts.

Born in 1956 in Accra, Kwami was primarily based in Kumasi, Ghana, and Loughborough, England. In his artwork, he usually alluded to the cross-pollination of European and African aesthetics that he witnessed all through his profession. Amongst his Ghanaian sources have been Ewe kente material and the sounds of the folks musician Koo Nimo.

Periodically, Kwami additionally labored as a curator and an artwork historian. In 2013, he revealed the guide, Kumasi Realism 1951–2007: An African Modernism, which explored the expansion of an artwork scene within the metropolis he lengthy referred to as house. The guide postulated a method that Kwami termed “Kumasi Realism,” or a Ghanaian type of portray that emphasised multiplicity, and regarded the position that town’s artwork areas performed in fostering a neighborhood type of modernism.

He received the 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize, a $57,000 artwork award that comes with an exhibition on the Serpentine Galleries, and his sculptures might be seen on the Folkestone Triennial within the U.Okay. Within the forthcoming Phaidon guide, African Artists From 1882 to Now, Kwami’s work is included alongside that of extra well-known artists like Meschac Gaba, Wangechi Mutu and Yinka Shonibare.

When Kwami was introduced the winner of the 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize final 12 months, Hans Ulrich Obrist, inventive director of the Serpentine Galleries, referred to as him “an artist with many years of pioneering work.”

Kwami usually talked concerning the abstraction of his work “My work is described conventionally as ‘summary,’” he wrote in 2011. “Given that there’s a very exact, knowable set of sources behind it, I might describe it as schematic: like a map, or quite a response to or interpretation of a map. It’s about possession, a solution to discovering myself, the place I’m.”

Kwami produced work that may be discovered within the collections of each the nationwide museums of Ghana and Kenya; the V&A and the British Museum in London; and the Met and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, in addition to the Nationwide Museum of African Artwork in Washington. He was engaged on an architectural set up to be proven on the Serpentine galleries on the time of his dying.

Sulaiman Addonia’s Silence is My Mom Tongue Goes to Display

Silence is My Mom Tongue, by Ethiopian author Sulaiman Addonia, has been adopted for display. The Belgian filmmaker Laurent Van Lancker and Addonia received a grant to jot down a movie script for the guide. 

Addonia shared the information on social media, stating that the choice was made unanimously by some distinguished Belgian cinema professionals.

Silence is My Mom Tongue was revealed by Indigo Press in 2018. It tells the story of Saba, a younger free-spirited Eritrean girl dwelling in a refugee camp. Will probably be thrilling to see how the interpretation of the work will end up on display.

Addonia joins a rising record of African writers who’ve had their work transition from novel to movie.

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija Is PEN’s 2021 Worldwide Author of Braveness


Above: Ugandan novelist, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has been chosen by Tsitsi Dangarembga because the PEN Worldwide Author of Braveness 2021 award. The information was unveiled at a ceremony held on the British Library, London, U.Okay. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.

The PEN Pinter Prize is awarded yearly to a author from Britain, the Republic of Eire or the Commonwealth who, within the phrases of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize profitable speech, casts an “unflinching, loyal” gaze upon the world, and reveals a “fierce mental dedication… to outline the true reality of our lives and our societies.” Different winners since 2009 embrace Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lemn Sissay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sir Salman Rushdie and Hanif Kureishi.

The judges for this 12 months’s cycle have been The Guardian’s affiliate editor for tradition and English PEN trustee Claire Armitstead; literary critic and editor-at-large for Canongate Ellah P. Wakatama, and poet Andrew McMillan. 

On June 8, Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, filmmaker and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga was introduced because the winner of the PEN Pinter Prize 2021. The prize was to be shared with an Worldwide Author of Braveness: a author who’s energetic in protection of freedom of expression, usually at nice danger to their very own security and liberty. The co-winner was to be chosen by Dangarembga from a shortlist of worldwide circumstances supported by English PEN.

The chosen winner of the Worldwide Author of Braveness—revealed by Tsitsi Dangarembga as she delivered a keynote handle at a ceremony hosted by British Library and English PEN—is Ugandan novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija. He’s the writer of The Grasping Barbarian, a novel which explores themes of high-level corruption in a fictional nation, and Banana Republic: The place Writing is Treasonous, an account of the torture he was subjected to whereas in detention in 2020. 

Dangarembga paid tribute to Rukirabashaija, saying: “My profession has taught me that the work of a author is doing and that when circumstances enable, this doing is, in actual fact, writing. Alternatively, when circumstances don’t enable for the writing course of, a author continues the expression that’s now not doable in literature, or that has develop into insufficient by means of literature with different actions. I’ve come to see that the work of writing is to not be seen to be doing however, in actual fact, to do and to maintain on doing, no matter circumstances. Solely typically, if a author may be very lucky, is that doing seen.”

The writer stated, “I wish to congratulate Tsitsi Dangarembga for the deserved PEN Pinter Prize and thank her wholeheartedly for having chosen to share with me this prestigious prize. If it weren’t for PEN, I might nonetheless be someplace in jail—maybe forgotten. After I was hanging on chains within the dungeons, I swore to my tormentors that I might by no means write once more in the event that they gave me an opportunity to reside—as in the event that they have been some deities or God. Fact is, I survived dying. I respect PEN for advocating for my freedom of expression and the totally different facilities everywhere in the world that despatched in pretty messages of braveness. I obtained the messages with smiles although I used to be in horrendous ache.”

Compiled by Roli O’tsemaye


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