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The letter is a site of close encounter – cataloguing those articulations of inner selves meant for others’ consumption. Letters deliver us to the conscious memories and imaginings of the hands which script them, permitting – or insisting – that these become, (Y)ours Sincerely.

Writing with unrestrained anger and deep sadness, Joséphine Imani’s job application cover letter The Papers, addressed to the humanitarian aid industry, challenges the anaesthetisation of the voices of those most affected by the violence international aid organisations attempt catalogue in the name of humanitarianism.
In E.C. Osondu’s Letter from Home, a mother attempts to distance-raise her grown son. She writes of marriage, money, whiteness, death – pleading, lightly threatening and teaching (or warning) through tales of his peers’ adventures.
In an open letter addressed, Dear Dr. Schwab, Queen of Jordan, Binyavanga Wainaina critiques the seduction of artists, athletes, intellectuals and all manner of people “significant” in their field, by the validation of Global Institutional Credibility and highlights to the tension between ambition and creativity.

The apparent demise of millennia-old Arab cultural centres and the rapid growth of Emirates-based investment are raising some questions. Is oil alone in fuelling the contemporary art boom? In whose interests? Marcia Lynx Qualey explores the possible motives and consequences of these centres Shifting Gulfward.
Offered in The Wise Enemy is Hassan Musa’s historical profile of the aesthetic thinking and teachings of Arab-Islamic artist Ibrahim El-Salahi within and through a new Sudan’s urban-elitist craving for post-colonial national unity.
The important contribution of the Black Consciousness Movement to art activism in 1970s South Africa is without question, yet mainstream art history ignores it. The poet and painter, Lefifi Tladi, in conversation with Percy Mabandu reflects on Propaganda and Politics: tunnel vision history of art and activism in South Africa.

 

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The latest issue of the Chronic, explores ideas around mythscience, science fiction and graphic storytelling. Like previous editions of the Chronic, this edition is borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently – beyond the dogma of growth and development and the endless stream of future projections released by organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.

In opposition to the idea of the future as progress – a linear march through time – we propose a sense of time is innately human: “it’s time” when everyone gets there. We invited artists to produce graphic adaptations of stories that speak of everyday complexities in the world in which we live, in which we imagine we will live and in which we want to live.

Corpse Exhibition and Older Graphic Stories

 

The Forest and The Zoo Lives On

Under the direction of composer/trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, some of Johannesburg’s leading jazz musicians explore themes such as history, exile and memory in their tribute to the freedom and prolific musical imagination of South African jazz legends, the Blue Notes.

 

Ten Unrepentant Songs for Comrade Thabo

DJ Ntone mixes ten unrepentant songs in the spirit of undefeatinatitude for Comrade Thabo. Tragic and celebratory. A radical challenge to political power, in defence of intelligence, memory and spirit.

 

Phenomenal Women

Legendary DJ, music historian and teacher Andy Williams spans multiple genres – funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, afro, latin, broken, boogi – to pay tribute to ‘Phenomenal Woman’ — past and present, historical, imagined, mythological, fabulist, and fabulous.