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EVENT: This is Lagos Presents: “Lagos Sessions”.

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Lagos, This is Lagos is spearheading a brand new music, culture and lifestyle series that aims to fuse daily life situations through music.

Inspired by the city’s booming and diverse entertainment culture and Nigeria’s leading role in both the African and world music scenes, and birthed out of the Goethe-Institut’s global mission to develop local creative talents, as well as encourage cultural exchange between international and local artists, The Lagos Sessions will provide support to both established and emerging artists through a series of concerts that provide a more intimate connection between the performer and audience.

The first edition of Lagos Sessions is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6PM prompt. Attendance to the concert is free.

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GLOBAL EVENTS LISTINGS - ART & FILM: July 18th, 2014.

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère.

Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

USA: “Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas.

Tête de Femme, a new body of work by artist Mickalene Thomas, explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage, focusing on how artifice serves both to mask and reveal the individual essence of her subjects.

Lehmann Maupin, New York.
June 26 – August 8, 2014.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”.

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History.

Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

USA: Trenton Doyle Hancock: “Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing”.

A new and exciting exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston features work from American artist Trenton Doyle Hancock amassed over a period of two decades, from 1984 to 2014, chronicling the foundation of the artist’s prolific career. Beginning with his childhood, the exhibition provides a unique glimpse into the evolution of Hancock’s idiosyncratic vision.

'Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing is the first in-depth examination of Hancock’s extensive body of drawings, collages, and works on paper. The exhibition features more than two hundred works of art as well as a collection of the artist’s notebooks, sketchbooks, and studies, many showing the preparation for several public commissions.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas.
April 27 – August 3, 2014.

ENGLAND: “Return of the Rudeboy” Exhibition.

This summer, London’s Somerset House is highlighting one of Jamaica’s most influential exports on British fashion, music and style - the Rudeboy.

Birthed on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, the Rudeboy (or Rudie) came to represent the young rebels who wore distinctively sharp sartorial styles such as Mohair suits, thin ties and pork pie hats. Much of their identity was rooted in aesthetics but their style was also closely connected to the music movements of the time, notably American Jazz and R&B musicians.

Curated by prolific photographer and filmmaker for music’s most wanted Dean Chalkley and fashion-industry favourite creative director Harris Elliott, this interactive exhibition focuses on and highlights the origins of Rudeboy culture in Jamaica, as well as its presence in the United Kingdom through various subcultures, through a series of portraits, installations and set pieces.

Somerset House, London.
13 June – 25 August 2014.

USA: Free Outdoor Screening of Wattstax.

A free outdoor screening of the legendary documentary that chronicles the events and social climate surrounding the 1972 Wattstax day-long concert, hosted by BAM.

Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
22 July at 8pm.

USA: “Drawing On Things” with Shantell Martin.

Inspired and led by Shantell Martin, adult workshop participants will bring their own objects to adorn with elaborate, original drawings! BYO blank canvas (any white object — clothing, curtains, tote bags, shoes, lampshades, whatever!) and drawing supplies will be provided. Open bar.

MoCADA, Brooklyn, NY.
July 2014 at
6:30 am (I think they meant pm) - 8:30 pm.

USA: 2014 AFF SUMMER SERIES, New York.

Lots of great movies to be seen all summer long thanks to the folks a AFF. Join them at various venues in NYC parks to get your fill!

Various parks, New York City,
July 7th - September 7th, 2014.

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okayafrica:

This year we teamed up with Nairobi’s Electrafrique to introduce New York’s new monthly dance party. After hitting the decks at SummerStage in Central Park with Black Coffee and DJ Spoko last month, Electrafrique NYC returns in July to shake things up with our very first Ghana Edition featuring special guests L’Afrique Som Systeme (Papa Ghana & Asheru) all the way from the Netherlands and resident DJs Cortega and Underdog. The party is hosted at The 303 at Louie & Chan, one of New York’s newest and most intimate clubs located in the heart of the Lower East Side. 

»>RSVP FOR FREE ENTRY TO ELECTRAFRIQUE BEFORE 11PM

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH
10PM-4AM
DOOR $10
FREE BEFORE 11PM WITH RSVP
THE 303 AT LOUIE & CHAN
303 BROOME STREET, NYC

Common in celebrating the release of his latest LP Nobody’s Smiling with a free album release party at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st.

Details on entry here.

ISSUE Project Room & Pioneer Works Present:  Mahmoud Ahmed.

One of Africa’s leading musicians and a pioneer of theEthiopian music scene during its ‘golden age’ in the 60s-80s, Mahmoud Ahmed’s career has enjoyed longevity due to his blend of classic Ethiopian folk music styles with soul, jazz & funk, and of course the distinct and unbelievable talent embedded in his beautiful multi-octave voice.

Now, thanks to ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Mahmoud Ahmed will be performing live in Red Hook, Brooklyn—his first New York performance since 2011.

Additional supporting acts will be announced soon for this indoor/outdoor event, which opens ISSUE Project Room’s summer concert series in collaboration with Pioneer Works.

Listen to Mahmoud Ahmed sing ‘Yeshi Hargetu’.

Saturday July 26th (3-8pm)
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn

EVENT: Cape Town World Music Festival (#CTWMF).

With headliners like the legendary Vieux Farka Toure, the awe-inspiring Thandiswa Mazwai and one of the summer’s biggest hit-makers DJ Clock and Beatenberg, the upcoming Cape Town World Music Festival, which boasts a total of over 20 acts, already has more than enough reason for you to be in attendance this Mandela weekend.

Celebrating music from around the world, and more especially the Pan-African sounds of the continent, the CTWMF is a great way to remember and pay tribute to the diversity and fight for universal humanity Madiba fought to attain and preserve both in South Africa and around the world.

Get your tickets here.

"Return of the Rudeboy" Exhibition at Somerset House.

This summer,from mid-June to mid-August, London’s Somerset House is highlighting one Jamaica’s most influential exports on British fashion, music and style.

Birthed on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, the Rudeboy (or Rudie) came to represent the young rebels who wore distinctively sharp sartorial styles such as Mohair suits, thin ties and pork pie hats. Much of their identity was rooted in aesthetics but their style was also closely connected to the music movements of the time, notably American Jazz and R&B musicians.

Curated by prolific photographer and filmmaker for music’s most wanted Dean Chalkley and fashion-industry favourite creative director Harris Elliott, this interactive exhibition focuses on and highlights the origins of Rudeboy culture in Jamaica, as well as its presence in the United Kingdom through various subcultures, through a series of portraits, installations and set pieces. In the past year, Chalkley and Elliott have photographed over 60 sharply dressed individuals from across the UK, whether it be on the streets of Shoreditch or Savile Row, all of whom embody the essence of what it is to be a Rudeboy (or Rudie) in the 21st century, to document the life, style and attitude of this growing urban group.

In addition to these portraits, all of the individuals pictured have provided their signature playlist, which has been fused along with curators’ and collaborators’ choices, into a soundtrack to capture the spirit and soul of the Rudeboy, and a complimentary sonic addition to the visuals of the exhibition.

And if all that isn’t awesome already, to highlight the essence of grooming as part of the Rudeboy aesthetics, the space will host a pop-up ‘grooming station’ on Thursdays and Saturdays, from Saturday 21 June, where visitors can book appointments to get their hair cut or beard trimmed by a top Rudeboy barber.

Celebrating Rudeboy culture is important for several reasons. Not only is it one of the biggest movements that has largely shaped 20th century British identity, it also highlights some of the impact and contributions that have been made in Britain and the UK at large through the Jamaican diaspora.

13 June – 25 August 2014
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Until 21.00 on Thursday 3 July (last entry 20.30)

Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission

More events.

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province.

For three days, some of the continent’s biggest acts will be joined by a range of international stars for a multi-stage musical extravaganza during South Africa’s Heritage Day long wekeend - the first of its kind in Africa.

TribeOne: Dinokeng’ is a three-day music festival that will boast an electrifying mix of music genres across three main stages, with over 80 artists performing live on the ‘Thunder Valley’ and ‘Diamond Fields’ stages and more than 80 DJ’s playing live sets in the multiple ‘Dance Village’ domes.

Tickets are currently on sale and you have several ways to pay, depending on your ticket type and the time of purchase.

See the full line-up here.

(that logo though…)

AFROPUNK Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced!

New Yorkers! It’s finally here! The complete line-up for this year’s AFROPUNK Festival has been announced. 

The 2014 lineup includes D’Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, Straight Line Stitch, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Alice Smith, Cold Specks, Unlocking The Truth, Cakes Da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Gordon Voidwell, The Tontons, Clipping, BLXPLTN, Cipher, HO9909 as well as DJ Sets by DJ SLiiNK, MikeQ, Uniique, Jasmine Solano + Melo-X, Mista Selecta + Mane Squeeze A Tribe Called Red, Theesatisfaction, Oscan N and Adam R. 

Now in its tenth year, the fest commences at Commodore Barry Parkon Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24th in Brooklyn, NY.

AFROPUNK Fest features 4 stages of music including the more traditional heavy/punk Black Stage and Speaker’s corner where the politically minded can speak theirs, a slew of Food Trucks making a variety of cuisine, the Spin Thrift Market with it’s 100 vendors selling various goods and crafts, and the ever present Art Wall where selected visual artists produce original works of art within the park grounds.

This year’s festival will feature dance music from local scenes such as Jersey ClubBaltimore ClubNYC Ballroom, as well as underground DJ sounds from Washington D.C. and Seattle.

More artists to be announced.
Visit afropunkfest.com!

GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: July 4th 2014.

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from 29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: Barthélémy Toguo ‘Celebrations’ & Mawande Ka Zenzile ‘Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose’.

Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Tuguo and South African artist Mawande Ka Zenzile will be showcasing several pieces from their body of work for the very first time at Cape Town’s STEVENSON gallery in Woodstock.

STEVENSON, Cape Town
29 May - 12 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History.

Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

USA: “Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas.

Tête de Femme, a new body of work by artist Mickalene Thomas, explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage, focusing on how artifice serves both to mask and reveal the individual essence of her subjects.

Lehmann Maupin, New York.
June 26 – August 8, 2014.

NIGERIA: Spoken Word/Poetry Workshop hosted by Goethe-Institut Lagos.

With “Words burn” the Goethe-Institut is introducing its new series of Poetry Slam Sessions where well-known Spoken Word artists as well as upcoming talents present the finest of Spoken Word Poetry in Lagos.

Lagos City Hall, Lagos.
July 2n-4th, 2014.

USA: BLITZ the AMBASSADOR at Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum.

Catch Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador live, and for free, at Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum on July 5th.

Brooklyn Museum, New York.
July 5th.

USA: 2014 AFF SUMMER SERIES, New York.

Lots of great movies to be seen all summer long thanks to the folks a AFF. Join them at various venues in NYC parks to get your fill!

Various parks, New York City,
July 7th - September 7th, 2014.

TO ADVERTISE AND PROMOTE YOUR EVENT WITH DYNAMIC AFRICA, EMAIL DYNAMICAFRICABLOG@GMAIL.COM.

GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: JUNE 28th 2014.

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

SUISSE: Here Africa / Ici l’Afrique.

Here Africa / Ici l’afrique assembles, for the first time in Switzerland, contemporary African art with more than 70 works by 24 artists from 17 African countries. The exhibition is hosted in the premises of the Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, located in the area of United Nations and the international organizations. Originally from Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, some residing in Africa while others in the diasporas and coming from different generations, the participating artists and filmmakers are interesting for their great contribution to the aesthetic and cultural development of their continent, as well as for their involvement in key questions regarding African people.

The catalogue of 146 pages includes 48 pages of colour pictures, an introduction by the curator, interviews with the artists Frédric Bruly Bouabré, Barthélémy Toguo and the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, as well as a section on the artists of Maghreb curated by the editorial team of Ibraaz, London.

Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists
A project by ART for The World.

Château de Penthes, Geneva.
8 May–6 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from 29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: Barthélémy Toguo ‘Celebrations’ & Mawande Ka Zenzile ‘Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose’.

Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Tuguo and South African artist Mawande Ka Zenzile will be showcasing several pieces from their body of work for the very first time at Cape Town’s STEVENSON gallery in Woodstock.

STEVENSON, Cape Town
29 May - 12 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History.

Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

USA: “Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas.

Tête de Femme, a new body of work by artist Mickalene Thomas, explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage, focusing on how artifice serves both to mask and reveal the individual essence of her subjects.

Lehmann Maupin, New York.
June 26 – August 8, 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: First Thursdays Cape Town.

This month’s edition of Cape Town’s First Thursdays takes place on Thursday, July 3rd. Traverse through the city’s central district to see the best in local art, food, fashion and design.

Check out our guide from last week to see what you can expect.

Cape Town
July 3rd 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) 2014.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town is an annual event that gives local designers, both established and aspiring designers, the opportunity to showcase their new spring/summer designs.

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.
24 to 26 July, 2014.

TO ADVERTISE AND PROMOTE YOUR EVENT WITH DYNAMIC AFRICA, EMAIL DYNAMICAFRICABLOG@GMAIL.COM.

GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: JUNE 24th 2014.

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

SUISSE: Here Africa / Ici l’Afrique.

Here Africa / Ici l’afrique assembles, for the first time in Switzerland, contemporary African art with more than 70 works by 24 artists from 17 African countries. The exhibition is hosted in the premises of the Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, located in the area of United Nations and the international organizations. Originally from Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, some residing in Africa while others in the diasporas and coming from different generations, the participating artists and filmmakers are interesting for their great contribution to the aesthetic and cultural development of their continent, as well as for their involvement in key questions regarding African people.

The catalogue of 146 pages includes 48 pages of colour pictures, an introduction by the curator, interviews with the artists Frédric Bruly Bouabré, Barthélémy Toguo and the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, as well as a section on the artists of Maghreb curated by the editorial team of Ibraaz, London.

Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists
A project by ART for The World.

Château de Penthes, Geneva.
8 May–6 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from 29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History. Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

USA: “Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas.

Tête de Femme, a new body of work by artist Mickalene Thomas, explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage, focusing on how artifice serves both to mask and reveal the individual essence of her subjects. The artist will be present for an opening reception on Thursday, June 26 from 6 to 8PM.

Lehmann Maupin, New York.
June 26 – August 8, 2014.

USA: BLITZ the AMBASSADOR at Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum.

Catch Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador live, and for free, at Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum on July 5th.

Brooklyn Museum, New York.
July 5th.

TO ADVERTISE AND PROMOTE YOUR EVENT WITH DYNAMIC AFRICA, EMAIL DYNAMICAFRICABLOG@GMAIL.COM.

GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: JUNE 17TH, 2014.

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

SUISSE: Here Africa / Ici l’Afrique.

Here Africa / Ici l’afrique assembles, for the first time in Switzerland, contemporary African art with more than 70 works by 24 artists from 17 African countries. The exhibition is hosted in the premises of the Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, located in the area of United Nations and the international organizations. Originally from Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, some residing in Africa while others in the diasporas and coming from different generations, the participating artists and filmmakers are interesting for their great contribution to the aesthetic and cultural development of their continent, as well as for their involvement in key questions regarding African people.

The catalogue of 146 pages includes 48 pages of colour pictures, an introduction by the curator, interviews with the artists Frédric Bruly Bouabré, Barthélémy Toguo and the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, as well as a section on the artists of Maghreb curated by the editorial team of Ibraaz, London.

Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists
A project by ART for The World.

Château de Penthes, Geneva.
8 May–6 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: THE WKND SOCIAL ‘June Edition’.

For the June edition THE WKND SOCIAL will be joining MOAD’s 21 ICONS Exhibition as they pay tribute to some of the countries well known and celebrated icons.

Johannesburg.
21 June.

SWITZERLAND: ART BASEL-SALON: Contemporary And (C&) IN CONVERSATION WITH El Anatsui and Bisi Silva

In the frame of Art Basel’s Salon, C& presents a rare talk with the internationally renowned artist El Anatsui in conversation with the Founding Director of Centre for Contemporary Art, LagosBisi Silva and Yvette Mutumba, Co-initiator of C& and curator at Weltkulturenmuseum  in Frankfurt.

Art Basel, Basel.
21 June.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History. Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

NIGERIA: Afropolitan Vibes

Afropolitan Vibes is a monthly live show in Lagos that goes beyond convention. This month’s bill includes Salawa Abeni - the original waka queen, Nosa - a very talented singer-songwriter and the British-Nigerian Grime MC Afrikan Boy who is coming from the UK to perform at Afropolitan Vibes courtesy of British Council.

Freedom Park, Lagos Island.
June 20th.

USA: BLITZ the AMBASSADOR at Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum.

Catch Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador live, and for free, at Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum on July 5th.

Brooklyn Museum, New York.
July 5th.

TO ADVERTISE AND PROMOTE YOUR EVENT WITH DYNAMIC AFRICA, EMAIL DYNAMICAFRICABLOG@GMAIL.COM.

GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: JUNE 8TH, 2014.

USA: Ibrahim El Salahi - Selected Works 1962-2010 

The Skoto Gallery in New York is currently hosting “Selected Works 1962-2010” which showcases a collection of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El Salahi’s works. The exhibition, his second at the gallery and the first U.S presentation of his work since his highly-acclaimed retrospective at the Tate Modern, London in 2013, features a range of dynamic drawings and paintings by the artist throughout the majority of his career. 

May 1st – June 14th, 2014
SKOTO GALLERY, New York

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

SUISSE: Here Africa / Ici l’Afrique.

Here Africa / Ici l’afrique assembles, for the first time in Switzerland, contemporary African art with more than 70 works by 24 artists from 17 African countries. The exhibition is hosted in the premises of the Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, located in the area of United Nations and the international organizations. Originally from Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, some residing in Africa while others in the diasporas and coming from different generations, the participating artists and filmmakers are interesting for their great contribution to the aesthetic and cultural development of their continent, as well as for their involvement in key questions regarding African people.

The catalogue of 146 pages includes 48 pages of colour pictures, an introduction by the curator, interviews with the artists Frédric Bruly Bouabré, Barthélémy Toguo and the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, as well as a section on the artists of Maghreb curated by the editorial team of Ibraaz, London.

Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists
A project by ART for The World.

Château de Penthes, Geneva.
8 May–6 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Sydelle Willow Smith - “Soft Walls”.

Hosted at Cape Town’s Ava Gallery,Smith’s Soft Walls figuratively investigates the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities.

Ava Gallery, Cape Town.
12 May - 5 June.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: THE WKND SOCIAL ‘June Edition’.

For the June edition THE WKND SOCIAL will be joining MOAD’s 21 ICONS Exhibition as they pay tribute to some of the countries well known and celebrated icons.

Johannesburg.
21 June.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”.

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History. Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

USA: Okayafrica Presents Black Coffee, DJ Spoko & Electrafrique Free At SummerStage.

Okayafrica will be presenting a special night in celebration of 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa and the National Youth Month (June 2014) at this year’s Central Park SummerStage concert series on June 15. The night will feature performances from South Africa’s biggest DJ/producer Black Coffee, ‘bacardi house’ creator and one of the leaders of the new wave of SA dance DJ Spoko, as well as our very own Electrafrique DJs Cortega & Underdog.

Central Park, New York.
June 15th.

NIGERIA: Afropolitan Vibes

Afropolitan Vibes is a monthly live show in Lagos that goes beyond convention. This month’s bill includes Salawa Abeni - the original waka queen, Nosa - a very talented singer-songwriter and the British-Nigerian Grime MC Afrikan Boy who is coming from the UK to perform at Afropolitan Vibes courtesy of British Council.

Freedom Park, Lagos Island.
June 20th.

USA: BLITZ the AMBASSADOR at Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum.

Catch Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador live, and for free, at Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum on July 5th.

Brooklyn Museum, New York.
July 5th.

TO ADVERTISE AND PROMOTE YOUR EVENT WITH DYNAMIC AFRICA, EMAIL DYNAMICAFRICABLOG@GMAIL.COM.

Five Recommendations for First Thursdays Cape Town - June Edition.

This month’s edition of Cape Town’s First Thursdays series takes place tomorrow. Traverse through the city’s central district to see the best in local art, food, fashion and design.

Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola” at Brundyn+:

Ditaola is South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Sydelle Willow Smith - “Soft Walls” at AVA Gallery:

Hosted at Cape Town’s Ava Gallery,Smith’s Soft Walls figuratively investigates the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities.

Stable at 65 Loop Street:

Stable brings together the best of South African design, curated by Aidan Bennetts the range consists of tables, lighting, seating, home-ware, art and accessories. New designers are added on a weekly basis. Their June exhibit is titled, “This is Africa” (T.I.A.) and looks at design in the diaspora.

SAM (South African Market) at 107 Bree Street:

Support South African designers by visiting this one-stop-shop full of clothing, jewelry, accessories, stationery and furniture - all by local designers.

Walking tour at Church Square:

Meet at Church Square at 6pm, outside the Slave Lodge museum on the corner of Bureau and Adderley Streets, for a free guided hour long historic walking tour of the area.