A platform for international art from African perspectives

Contemporary And (C&)

February 22, 2013

Contemporary And (C&) is an international online platform for diverse and critical insights into, and perspectives on, contemporary African art. The project is initiated and published by the German “Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen” – ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations)

C& givesestablished and emerging artists, curators, art critics and other cultural producers from Africa and the diaspora the opportunity to reach an international audience and expand their networks.

C& is edited by a team of art critics and other cross-cultural writers and cultural producers, all of whom have close connections to Africa and the diaspora. Editor-in-chief is the journalist and art historian Julia Grosse; coordinator is the cultural scholar and producer Aicha Diallo. The advisory board expands the platform’s range and includes architect David Adjaye; Clémentine Deliss, Director of Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main; curator Christine Eyene; artist Ato Malinda; artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and Bisi Silva, Director of CCA Lagos. 

C& will publish articles in English, French, and German. The website will offer a lively magazine with critical essays, columns, and reviews. The first edition will feature interviews with Dineo Seshee Bopape and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, as well as writing by authors Sean O’Toole, Stacy Hardy of Chimurenga or Massa Lemu. Numerous other contributors will broaden the scope of the magazine’s focus and inform readers about important new publications, current exhibitions, art venues, symposia, and biennials in Africa and beyond. A recurring emphasis will consist in looking back at historically important exhibitions, biennials, workshops, as well as important African artists and collectives. 

C& will also include an ART SPACE, a virtual room where artists and curators can realize projects and exhibitions together. C& ART SPACE wants to create opportunities for interaction beyond borders and mobility limitations. The C& ART SPACE is premiered by curator Yvette Mutumba and artist Misheck Masamwu looking closer at hybrid, manifold narratives.

For further information, please feel free to contact:

Markus Müller
Bureau Mueller
Alte Schönhauser Str. 35
10119 Berlin, Germany
T +49 (0) 30 20188432 / mm [​at​]

Editor-in-chief: Julia Grosse, jgrosse [​at​]
Editor/Coordinator: Aicha Diallo, adiallo [​at​]
Assistant Editor: Olivia Buschey, obuschey [​at​]

Idea: Elke aus dem Moore
Concept: Elke aus dem Moore, Julia Grosse, Yvette Mutumba
Publishers: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa), Germany, Elke aus dem Moore

Jude Anogwih, Lagos
Stephanie Baptist, London
Igo Lassana Diarra, Bamako
Pamella Dlungwana, Cape Town
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Atlanta

C& is an Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) project.
C& is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office through “Aktion Afrika.”
C& has a media-partnership with AfricAvenir.