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On Friday 28 January, 2022, ZAM editor-in-chief Bart Luirink will be in conversation with Fem Comic Artist and activist Maia Matches about her new book-in-the-making on two South African artists: Thami Mnyele and her grandfather Bill Hart. They will discuss subjects around artists in resistance during Apartheid. Maia will also share some of her personal ideals in creating the new work. Out of the wilderness of East York Toronto comes Maia Matches! Her immigrant parents didn't bat an eyelid when... On Friday 28 January, 2022, ZAM editor-in-chief Bart Luirink will be in conversation with Fem Comic Artist and activist Maia Matches about her new...
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On Sunday 6 February, the third edition of the ZAM Nelson Mandela Lecture took place at the International Theatre Amsterdam. The lecture, which is part of our #ImagineMandela-Live! programme, was delivered by acclaimed Kenyan author and opinion maker Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor: The Future is a Story we Tell Ourselves. Notes for a Prelude . While the 2020 lecture by Nigerian writer Elnathan John happened only days before the Netherlands went into lockdown, the latest edition came to life when the country... On Sunday 6 February, the third edition of the ZAM Nelson Mandela Lecture took place at the International Theatre Amsterdam. The lecture, which is part...
Bart Luirink
DeLovie Kwagala is the winner of this year’s East African Photography Award. His series Through the Cracks depict intimate partner violence in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Kwagala is a non-binary, queer, self-taught photographer and social activist from Kampala, Uganda, and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In their words: ‘A queer project to be winning means the world to me. It means that our stories are finally being heard and our voices are finally being given a platform... DeLovie Kwagala is the winner of this year’s East African Photography Award. His series Through the Cracks depict intimate partner violence in the...
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African photographers on the continent or elsewhere beware: the 2022 edition of the annual Pride Photo Award is now open. This year’s theme focuses on those in the vibrantly diverse LGBTQIAP+ communities who deserve more visibility. ‘In the queer community, things are shifting’, the organisers write in this year’s call for entries. “Decades of emancipation (…) has improved the position of the white, cisgender lesbian and gay community. (...) However, what about other members of the LGBTQIA+... African photographers on the continent or elsewhere beware: the 2022 edition of the annual Pride Photo Award is now open. This year’s theme focuses on...
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I Am Samuel , an LGBTQ+ documentary about a Kenyan man struggling with his sexuality, has been banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board. In a statement, the board described the film as 'a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer to promote same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life'. The board went on to claim that the film was ‘demeaning of Christianity as two gay men in the film purport to conduct a religious marriage invoking the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit’, The... I Am Samuel , an LGBTQ+ documentary about a Kenyan man struggling with his sexuality, has been banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board. In a...
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Afrovibes x ZAM: how we made it – African artists center stage from De Balie TV on Vimeo . Like what you see? Support us in creating exceptional stories for change. Scan the QR code and become a friend of ZAM! * Forget about borders, visa restrictions and Fort Europe! Join us on Friday 8th of October for a special ZAM / Afrovibes festival programme. How We Made It – African Artists Centre Stage With hosts Ikenna Azuike & Ms Aba. Participating artists: Trixie Munyama, Lisette Ma Neza, Jelili Atiku... Afrovibes x ZAM: how we made it – African artists center stage from De Balie TV on Vimeo . Like what you see? Support us in creating exceptional stories...
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On Sunday 5 September, the Nelson Mandela Memorial was unveiled in the South East district of Amsterdam. With over 170 nationalities, the South East is the most multicultural neighbourhood in the city. The creator of the work is South African artist Mohau Modisakeng. The memorial differs from all other Mandela monuments in the world. It is not a statue because, in the words of Modisakeng in an interview with Dutch daily Trouw 'a larger-than-life Mandela does not make one think'. His memorial... On Sunday 5 September, the Nelson Mandela Memorial was unveiled in the South East district of Amsterdam. With over 170 nationalities, the South East is...
Hlonipha Mokoena
Reluctantly, South Africans are coming to terms with the fact that in the same way that no condition is permanent, no euphoria is permanent either. The innocence of the 1990s and early 2000s, when the country moved from apartheid to post-apartheid, has given way to a gnawing unease about the future of the democratic experiment. Two camps are emerging — there are those whose disenchantment expresses itself in the desire to burn everything, destroy everything, declaim everything. There are, on the... Reluctantly, South Africans are coming to terms with the fact that in the same way that no condition is permanent, no euphoria is permanent either. The...
Anita Mizrahi
In July 2021, Julie Kretzschmer and Jay Pather presented a three-day programme full of multimedia installations from the field of contemporary dance, performance and visual arts to conclude the Here Comes Africa, Africa 2020 in the La Friche Belle de Mai centre in Marseille. Before Julie Kretschmer—who specialises in making projects in the Arab world, including Algeria and develops new contemporary cultural programmes on the spot—and Jay Pather—curator of Afrovibes and Infecting the City... In July 2021, Julie Kretzschmer and Jay Pather presented a three-day programme full of multimedia installations from the field of contemporary dance,...
Shannon Lorimer
On June 12, Richard Kofi’s newest film, Imprenta , premiered online, streaming from Korzo Theatre in The Hague. The film forms part of the FluX programme series, where connection, movement, and conversation are central. Imprenta is a collaboration with choreographer and dancer Junadry Leocaria as well as filmmaker Conni Trommlitz and musician Ernest Guiraud Cissé. Richard Kofi is a member of the diaspora himself, having grown up in the Netherlands with Ghanian roots. He says he has always felt both... On June 12, Richard Kofi’s newest film, Imprenta , premiered online, streaming from Korzo Theatre in The Hague. The film forms part of the FluX programme...
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Belgian-Congolese rapper, songwriter, photographer, film and music video director Sammy Baloji will be present at the upcoming World Cinema Amsterdam (WCA21) festival. In collaboration with Cinedans, WCA21 will show two of Baloji’s shorts. Peau de Chagrin / Blue de Nuit , a spirited music video covering wedding rituals of Congolese pygmies. ‘I see music in colours’, Baloji says. ‘I have synaesthesia and I perceive music on a sensory level.’ In Zombies Baloji takes us on a journey between hope and... Belgian-Congolese rapper, songwriter, photographer, film and music video director Sammy Baloji will be present at the upcoming World Cinema Amsterdam...
Bart Luirink
An exhibition opened recently at Nuweland Gallery in the northern part of the Netherlands. Curator, South African artist Morné Visagie, brought together the works of artists from around the world; from Namibia to Mexico, South Korea to Zimbabwe, Germany to the United States, and South Africa. It’s an amazing showcase of artistic expression. Artists Musa N Nxumalo and Haneem Christian, featured on this page, are only two of the participating artists. They might come from different worlds, but they... An exhibition opened recently at Nuweland Gallery in the northern part of the Netherlands. Curator, South African artist Morné Visagie, brought together...
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On Sunday 5 September, Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema will unveil the Nelson Mandela Memorial. The work, inspired by the residents of the neighbourhood, was designed by South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng and produced in Cape Town. The unveiling is the culmination of a week-long programme in which ZAM, Bijlmerpark Theatre, OBA, OSCAM, Imagine IC, Heesterveld, New Metropolis and CBK Zuidoost are participating. Thursday 26 August: In Conversation with Mohau Modisakeng During this informal... On Sunday 5 September, Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema will unveil the Nelson Mandela Memorial. The work, inspired by the residents of the neighbourhood,...
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Amina Zoubir’s collages presented at Markk Museum were created as part of the artist residency 'Reversed Exploration', to which she was invited by the Kulturforum Süd-Nord e.V. in spring 2021 and introduced to the MARKK Museum. In the words of curator Jana Reimer: 'Amina Zoubir's work focuses on the representation and appropriation of the female body in colonially and ethnographically influenced photographs from North Africa. The MARKK's photo collection contains many of these photographs, which... Amina Zoubir’s collages presented at Markk Museum were created as part of the artist residency 'Reversed Exploration', to which she was invited by the...
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This group exhibition, hosted by Stevenson Gallery, is curated by Sisipho Ngodwana and Sinazo Chiya. The title of this exhibition is drawn from a quote by Sun Ra, in which the American artist, musician and thinker describes a moment of abduction and renewal. Ra states that, in a pivotal journey between Earth and Saturn, his tangible form and personal history were metamorphosed, allowing him to continue existence in a truer mode: as an alien brought to preach peace. In pursuing the questions raised... This group exhibition, hosted by Stevenson Gallery, is curated by Sisipho Ngodwana and Sinazo Chiya. The title of this exhibition is drawn from a quote...
Christopher Vourlias
On July 9, 2021, the award winning Ivorian movie Night of the Kings premiers in Dutch cinemas. Its director, Philippe Lacôte (Abidjan), wanted to explore what fantasies can be developed when your body is locked up. A young man is sent to ‘La Maca’, a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new ‘Roman’ and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he... On July 9, 2021, the award winning Ivorian movie Night of the Kings premiers in Dutch cinemas. Its director, Philippe Lacôte (Abidjan), wanted to explore...
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Pieter van der Houwen
African traders in Ghuangzou. Is Europe really yesterday's news? A gripping documentary by photographer and film director Pieter van der Houwen for Dutch VPRO television explores the universe of around 100.000 African traders who live and prosper in Guangzhou, China. It sheds a different light on what is often stereotyped as 'Chinese resource exploitation in Africa' and begs the question if Europe really is yesterdays news. More information:... African traders in Ghuangzou. Is Europe really yesterday's news? A gripping documentary by photographer and film director Pieter van der Houwen for Dutch...
Benon Herbert Oluka
Janet Akello was forced to kill a small boy who had tried to escape from the Lord's Resistance Army camp where she, too, was held captive. Phoebe * had a gun to her head when Joseph Kony raped her for the first time, when she was 14. Victoria * remembers fighting three armies handling a machine gun; abducting, burning, looting and serving as a wife to four commanders. They are now back home and, unlike most other former child soldiers, doing rather well. How a community campaign did what 'Stop Kony... Janet Akello was forced to kill a small boy who had tried to escape from the Lord's Resistance Army camp where she, too, was held captive. Phoebe * had a...
Mohamed Kadir, Christophe Assogba, Theophilus Abbah and Charles Rukuni
Pirates, oil smugglers and thieving local tycoons create employment, stimulates trade opportunities and provide services - with the moneys they obtain through robbery, theft and fraud. Pirates are much loved in Eyl, Somalia, where many businesses are booming thanks to their financial injections and needs. Beninese oil smugglers provide employment for hundreds of people in coastal towns, and help subsidize transport and other small businesses. Nigerian politician James Ibori, currently serving a 13... Pirates, oil smugglers and thieving local tycoons create employment, stimulates trade opportunities and provide services - with the moneys they obtain...
Evelyn Groenink
South Africa | Down with donors, up with taxpaying citizens Africa's pavements are awash with money. After decades of neglect of the informal trading sector and 'citizen value' in general, thirty-five countries on the continent have joined a tax crusade. "It's good for democracy too. Because a paying people is a questioning people." A day in the life of the South African Revenue Service. 'A people that pays its own government is a people that will ask questions of that government' The boss of the... South Africa | Down with donors, up with taxpaying citizens Africa's pavements are awash with money. After decades of neglect of the informal trading...