1. Let western museums lease the art stolen in colonial times

    Last year in the Netherlands, the ethnographic museums drew up guidelines for the restitution of artifacts stolen during colonialism. A special commission was formed to evaluate possible claims. Is this really such good news for the countries in which the art was made?


  2. ‘First Encounter,’ Johannesburg, 1994. Photo © George Hallett

    Shortly before the inaugural ZAM Nelson Mandela Lecture started, an iconic picture of the South African freedom fighter and statesman found its way to the stage of the Amsterdam City Theatre. It was shot by George Hallett, who died in Cape Town on July 1st 2020.


  3. All images © Sistaaz Hood / Jan Hoek/Duran Lantin

    Sistaaz of the Castle

    Blog / By Elodi Troskie

    A fashion book by transgender sex workers from Cape Town. Life on the edge of the Castle of Good Hope.


  4. Talking #cancelculture

    Blog / By Bart Luirink

    Amid the furore about #cancelculture it may be appropriate to commemorate the outrage that targeted Achille Mbembe, Cameroonian historian and social scientist, and a profound thinker and visionary, earlier this year. 


  5. The river of life within and around us

    The river of life within and around us

    Blog / By Marnix de Bruyne

    This month 35 years ago, a rain of bullets by a South African death squad ended the life and career of artist and activist Thami Mnyele. The Thami Mnyele Foundation, that welcomed 127 African artists in its studio in Amsterdam, kept his ideas alive.



  1. Abdulrazaq Awofeso | ‘Because we are all different’

    The work of Nigerian artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso is the main attraction of the exhibition City Life in the Dutch city of Arnhem. Two thousand small faces to tell you that one shouldn’t generalise.


  2. Sense making in the time of corona

    Sense making in the time of corona

    Blog / By Oyunga Pala and Bart Luirink

    Please join us in our search for new ideas, perspectives and analysis—the building blocks for a better world.


  3. Still from Stop Filming Us (2020)

    The documentary Stop Filming Us won the Dutch Movies Matter Award and received received favourable reviews [by the Dutch press]. Unbelievable, according to postcolonial media scholar Emiel Martens. ‘Postema throws the discussion about the Western view of Congo at least ten years back in time.’


  4. Remembering Binyavanga Wainaina

    Remembering Binyavanga Wainaina

    Blog / By ZAM Reporter

    The significance of Binyavanga Wainaina, the Kenyan writer who died a year ago on May 21, 2019, cannot be underestimated.


  5. Notes on Corona | Stardust

    Notes on Corona | Stardust

    Blog / By Hassan Ghedi Santur

    "I think my neighbors are dead. I peer into their windows but all I can see is darkness."