It’s not a nation/ Sir, I corrected/ Only a notion/ In the imagination..” – Olu Oguibe
PASS in Mexico
For the next 2 months the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is broadcasting live from Museo Tamayo in Mexico City – Wednesdays to Sundays, 4-8pm.
Tune in via PASS website to listen.
Or catch up with the recordings via our mixcloud page:
Post-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi makes arts from “junk technology” to question networks of unequal trade, low-wage labour, and ecological catastrophe. He talks to us from Tomorrows/Today, a group exhibition at Cape Town Art Fair, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, and featuring 10 young artists from Africa and the diaspora.
Also see: Nairobi-based artist Jackie Karuti on “the divine world of making things with my hands” and appreciating beauty in all its forms. And A Layered Way of Working: a conversation with Harare based painter, Helen Teede.
“A place open to everybody… dancers, dry-cleaners, plumbers, drivers, tailors, electricians, acrobats, boxers, bouncers—every man from every profession in the world. No one is invalid in Kalakuta Republic.” Brent Hayes Edwards’ channels a conversation between Afrobeat agitator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and jazz instigator Lester Bowie in the wake of the “Kalakuta massacre.”
More from the Shrine: Tunde Giwa‘s recalls the “sweetly illicit quality” of kicking it at the Shrine; Afrobeat poet Ikwunga Wonodi narrates opening for Femi Kuti; and Keziah Jones waits five days to speak with Fela.
Also Werewere Liking talks to Rustum Kozain about the “lunatic language” (language as conversation, process, improvisation, exchange and collaboration) behind her independent art centre, Ki-Yi Mbock in Abidjan.
And shortly after his death in 2011, Dominique Malaquais pays tribute to Goddy Leye and the independent spirit and the belief in art and life that infused the Art Bakery, the artists’ initiative he founded in 2002, in Bonendale, Cameroon.
Poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday presents an audio collage from her Astro/Afrosonics Archive that imagines a jazz school with Charles Mingus at the helm.
Stacy Hardy follows the path of JJ Machobane, the social visionary, writer and agronomist from Lesotho, who founded an independent agricultural college.
Henri-Michel Yere looks at how Zouglou emerged from the destruction of universities by the IMF to become a new form of knowledge sharing.
As we put food back on the table; asking how we write ourselves and our lives through food, beyond ideas of scarcity, this issue also explores global geopolitics as they are expressed through money exchanges. Additionally, we continue our investigation into higher education across the continent.
With contributions from Harmony Holiday, Yemisi Aribisala, Kodwo Eshun, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire and more.
Other Chimurenga Publications:
A pavement literature project consisting of serialized monographs.
a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.
A Biennial publication that challenges the depiction of urban life – redefines cityness, Africa-style.