Pics by Akinbode Akinbiyi, Thabiso Sekgala, en Haut!
If land was more than just land, what then have Africans lost by being dispossessed of it?”
The invention of Zimbabwe
Whatever Zimbabwe is, and is becoming, already exists in the sound-worlds produced in the region. From 9 – 12 November, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) will land in The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ), were we’ll be joined by musicians, artists, writers, cultural producers and rebels in studio to uncover these worlds. Participants include Kudzanai Chiurai, Netsayi Chigwendere, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Virginia Phiri and many more
Invention in Zimbabwe: Clapperton Mavhunga’s writing explores technologies of everyday innovation in Zimbabwe. Listen to ‘Knowing From Here’, his public lecture as part of ‘Angazi, but I’m Sure’, Spring 2017 session of the RAW Academy in Dakar, conceived and directed by Chimurenga.
Artist and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti opens an African hair braiding salon and invites Dyani Douze, Taja Cheek and Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa to create a live sound collaboration followed by mbira lessons.
Listening to Dambudzo Marechera with The Otolith Collective and George Shire
A Layered Way of Working
“… my place as a painter in an African country is a tenuous one… Sometimes I feel trapped by the rules of painting that I’ve learned… so I constantly have to work at breaking them.” Zimbabwean painter, Helen Teede‘s work grapples, in multiple and oblique ways, with the tension between abstraction, landscape and human experience.
Also see: Nairobi-based artist Jackie Karuti on “the divine world of making things with my hands” and post-disciplinary artist Maurice Mbikayi on networks of unequal trade, low-wage labour, and ecological catastrophe appreciating beauty in all its forms.
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.
Functioning as “ecole du soir” (evening school) – a meeting place, a classroom, and laboratory where different worlds will converge, the radio programming explores the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, contemporary South Atlantic exchanges and Afro-Mexican cultures. It also serves as community meeting, a space to heal and recover life. Each week’s programme is conceived and produced by guests curators, selected from collectives working in Mexico or Latin America.
Tune in via PASS website to listen.
Or catch up with the recordings via our mixcloud page:
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.