ZAM Reporter
The winners of PRIDE PHOTO AWARD, an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity, were announced last Friday, November 1, 2019, in Amsterdam. Here they are: This is the winning picture by Seungwook Yang (South Korea): two identical superhero action figures, posed as if they are kissing, on a colourful flower-print cloth, reminds us of acting out romantic fantasies as a child. Using two male superheros, the photographer subtly hints at LGBT children being heroes... The winners of PRIDE PHOTO AWARD, an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity, were announced last Friday, November 1,...
Molara Wood
The seventh Ake Arts and Book Festival was a space for transformative dialogue, as demonstrated in a conversation between Mona Eltahawy and Fakhrriyyah Hashim, which took place on the last day of the festival. An Egyptian-American feminist and author based in New York, Eltahawy has been an Ake Festival favourite for some years now, and has garnered a considerable following in Nigeria, particularly among young women. She was appearing at this year’s edition, as part of her Feminist Giant World Tour,... The seventh Ake Arts and Book Festival was a space for transformative dialogue, as demonstrated in a conversation between Mona Eltahawy and Fakhrriyyah...
Molara Wood
How black bodies move from pain to healing and thrive as centres of joy The seventh Ake Arts and Book Festival held over four days at the end of October in Lagos, Nigeria, draws hundreds of people to book readings, poetry performances, panel discussions, art exhibitions, films and more. The festival prides itself as the largest in Africa; and for the first time since its inception in 2013, it is funded in the main by an indigenous Nigerian company – a milestone founder Lola Shoneyin is proud of.... How black bodies move from pain to healing and thrive as centres of joy The seventh Ake Arts and Book Festival held over four days at the end of October...
Oliver Barstow
… In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast... … In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the...
Jonny Steinberg
I could have sworn that I was in my office when I read the newspa­per report that triggered this book. My memory has me reading the words on the monitor on my desk, then gazing out of the window at the brickwork on the building across the road. Indeed, I cannot picture that article except on my monitor, and I cannot separate my first thoughts about it from the view of the brickwork. They are forever fused. When I return to the article I am astonished to learn that it was pub­lished on 31 December... I could have sworn that I was in my office when I read the newspa­per report that triggered this book. My memory has me reading the words on the monitor...
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Katumba Badru Sultan’s image ‘In Her Own World' was chosen as the winning photograph of the Uganda Press Photo Award 2019. Documentary photographer and UPPA judge Jide Adeniyi-Jones simply describes the winning image: “Nothing to say. The image speaks for itself.” Judge and photojournalist Frédéric Noy also comments: “Perfect shot. The composition and contrasting bright and dark colours (luckily the girl is in red while the men are mainly in white or blue) result in a potentially homogenous looking... Katumba Badru Sultan’s image ‘In Her Own World' was chosen as the winning photograph of the Uganda Press Photo Award 2019. Documentary photographer and...
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Season 6 has started at the Centre for the Less Good Idea . It’s all about labour. This year’s edition is co-curated by architect and urban designer Thiresh Govender and dancer and choreographer Sello Pesa, alongside founder William Kentridge and co-animateurs Bronwyn Lace and Phala Ookeditse Phala. This season sees traditional forms of art and performance being re-imagined through free-spirited, transdisciplinary collaboration, and the gentle exploration and reiteration of varying forms of labour.... Season 6 has started at the Centre for the Less Good Idea . It’s all about labour. This year’s edition is co-curated by architect and urban designer...
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African creatives will move the Mozambican capital as never before. What did the great American novelist and thinker, the late Toni Morrison mean when she said in her 1993 Nobel Prize acceptance speech: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Nairobi based Nanjala Nyabola will explore this issue in a lecture at the upcoming Maputo Fast Forward festival. The writer, independent thinker and polical analyst’s work focuses on conflict and... African creatives will move the Mozambican capital as never before. What did the great American novelist and thinker, the late Toni Morrison mean when...
Oliver
The Hague’s annual iAfrica Film Festival opens with Joël Karezeki’s acclaimed Second Congo War cinematographic odyssey. Mercy of the Jungle premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Male lead Marc Zinga was awarded the Étalon d’Or at this year Fespaco Film Festival in Bamako, Mali. The story: at the outbreak of the Second Congo War, Sergeant Xavier and young private Faustin are accidentally left behind in the jungle. With only each other to count on, they embark on an odyssey... The Hague’s annual iAfrica Film Festival opens with Joël Karezeki’s acclaimed Second Congo War cinematographic odyssey. Mercy of the Jungle premiered...
ZAM Reporter
We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale in the DRC. An initiative by the Picha art centre, the Lubumbashi Biennale will bring together more than 50 artists from the DRC and elsewhere. Lubumbashi Biennale Artistic Director Sandrine Colard In artistic director’s statement, Sandrine Colard says the Biennale will explore the possibilities of repurposing the cartography of the world. “One of the seven African countries crossed by the Equator,... We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale in the DRC. An initiative by the Picha art centre,...
ZAM Reporter
In several African cities protests against the daily import of tons of second hand clothing from Western countries are increasing. Donated by do-gooders, dresses, shirts and trousers have become a lucrative revenue model for local traders. More importantly, the supply of cheap second hand clothing has a devastating effect on the development of a local industry. In the documentary Goodwill Dumping, Terry Cherim in collaboration with fashion designer Lisa Konno and Cake Film & Photography explore... In several African cities protests against the daily import of tons of second hand clothing from Western countries are increasing. Donated by do-gooders,...
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The Ivorian artist’s work is one of the highlights at this year’s international photo festival. Accra based Gallery 1957 will run a solo booth by the award-winning Ivorian photographer and mixed media artist Joana Choumali at Unseen, Amsterdam. Presenting new work from her Alba’hian series, Choumali will also participate in Unseen Amsterdam’s curated section Woven Matters – a group exhibition that explores the use of textiles in photography. Woven Matters sees a duo presenation from Choumali and... The Ivorian artist’s work is one of the highlights at this year’s international photo festival. Accra based Gallery 1957 will run a solo booth by the...
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Moving beyond separate worlds and overcoming segregation is at the heart of the Welkom Today Studio taking place in the lobby of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September from 10.00-12.00. Guided by photographer Lebohang Tlali, students from South African and Dutch schools will run a photo studio, taking portraits of Stedelijk Museum visitors and asking them to share their views on segregation in society. Through their portrait, visitors will cast a vote for one of three... Moving beyond separate worlds and overcoming segregation is at the heart of the Welkom Today Studio taking place in the lobby of Stedelijk Museum...
Alberique Houndjo (Benin), Chief Bisong Etahoben (Cameroon), Fidelis Mac-Leva (Nigeria), Anneke Verbraeken (The Netherlands)
Billions are wasted in stagnant economies because of unspoken realities. Human rights are violated and development money is wasted under the guise of witchcraft. But local governments, police, human rights defenders and international aid organizations remain passive. Entrepreneurs being blackmailed. Politicians being poisoned. Houses burned down. Mafia-like gangs committing crimes. Once part of a spiritual system at the service of communities, witchcraft has now become a threat for those... Billions are wasted in stagnant economies because of unspoken realities. Human rights are violated and development money is wasted under the guise of...
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Artists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, the Netherlands and the USA will take part in the 6th exhibition for the Afrovibes Performing Arts Festival The exhibition will run together with the festival at various locations in Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam. The exhibition features emerging artists, political cartoonists, seasoned illustrators, photographers and first time artist exhibitors. Thania Petersen is the featured artist this year’s exhibition. Thania's work can be... Artists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, the Netherlands and the USA will take part in the 6th exhibition for the Afrovibes Performing Arts...
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ZAM Magazine is looking for an experienced part-time (social media) marketer on a freelance basis. How to reach out to a wider audience? That should be the marketer's first and leading thought concerning all ZAM publications and activities. We are looking for a strategic and creative marketer. At this stage, ZAM offers a part-time and temporary freelance job of appr. 20 hours per month until the end of 2019. ZAM's motto is Building a World Beyond Them and Us . ZAM aims to connect and publicise a... ZAM Magazine is looking for an experienced part-time (social media) marketer on a freelance basis. How to reach out to a wider audience? That should be...
Oliver
Friends and partners of ZAM met at the newly opened Stevenson Gallery in Amsterdam to enjoy an exhibition inspired by South African artist Peter Clarke’s Winter Sun . Clarke studied at the Amsterdam Rijksacademie in the early 1960s. Far away from the country that had declared him a lawless citizen, he received his education in freedom. Winter Sun is a modest hymn on the city and shows with the television antennas on the roofs, a long gone time. ZAM has been working with the South African Stevenson... Friends and partners of ZAM met at the newly opened Stevenson Gallery in Amsterdam to enjoy an exhibition inspired by South African artist Peter Clarke’s...
Wim Bossema
On 21 May 2019 after suffering a stroke, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (48) passed away. On Thursday 24th October, 2019, a celebration of his life and works will be held at Studio ZAM. Guests will focus on two of his brilliant essays: ‘How to Write About Africa’, about the framing of ‘Africa’ in Western media, and ‘I Am a Homosexual, Mom.’ As a kick-off for that meeting Dutch journalist Wim Bossema, who has been writing on ‘anything African’ since 1980, mainly for the Dutch daily de Volkskrant,... On 21 May 2019 after suffering a stroke, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (48) passed away. On Thursday 24th October, 2019, a celebration of his life...
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This year’s edition will bring young African pioneers and known talent from the world of theatre, dance, music and design to the Netherlands. Afro_Vibes Festival's 16th edition will bring young African pioneers and known talent from the world of theater, dance, music and design to the Netherlands. The festival hosts events in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague, and brings groundbreaking theatre and dance performances, music and film from the inner cities of Africa's cultural hotspots. This... This year’s edition will bring young African pioneers and known talent from the world of theatre, dance, music and design to the Netherlands. Afro_Vibes...
Bart Luirink
From Monday, July 22, Dutch television broadcasts Ikenna Azuike's six-part documentary series about a "gigantic" and "spectacular" country in western Africa. Traveling between the extremes. Azuike made a name for himself as a satirical vlogger. After a career shift - he first worked as a lawyer - he joined RNW Media. This is where he developed his What’s Up, Africa satirical vlogs. They were soon noticed by BBC World and taken over. His new series Planeet Nigeria , produced by De Haaien with... From Monday, July 22, Dutch television broadcasts Ikenna Azuike's six-part documentary series about a "gigantic" and "spectacular" country in western...
Eric Brassem
Institutions from Europe and Nigeria are talking about a new exhibition space in Benin City to host the bronzes that were once stolen and are still on view in European museums. At a meeting of the Benin Dialogue Group in the first weekend of July, 2019, reknown Tanzanian/British architect Sir David Adjaye was invited to Benin City, to share his ideas on a transformation of the town into a cultural hub. Picture courtesy of the Benin National Museum, Benin City, Nigeria The planned Royal Benin Museum... Institutions from Europe and Nigeria are talking about a new exhibition space in Benin City to host the bronzes that were once stolen and are still on...