Abuja’s Art Awakening
Arguably eclipsed by the chaotic cultural hub that is Lagos, Nigeria’s capital is discovering its artistic side as young creatives move in and build a scene around pop-up shows, hidden gardens and cultural cafes.
Words Clementine Wallop
Past a short, grassy slope by a roadside in one of Abuja’s smarter districts, there’s a quiet revolution taking place. Walk down a few stairs and into what looks like an enchanted forest, and you’ll see metallic curtains draped over tree branches; ...
In The Frame
Words Rocky Casale
Autumn in New York means many things to locals and travellers. But for most it is the season when the city gets a jolt from the art world, which seems to roll out of hibernation after the lull of the summer. New York’s most import art exhibitions and sales at galleries, museums and auction houses are hot ticket from September and through the holidays, and more so than ever now that the new Whitney Museum of American Art opened downtown in May, overlooking the High Line ...
Words Nana Ocran
In her first published book, Contemporary Design Africa, writer, designer and blogger Tapiwa Matsinde fills a gaping hole in the publishing market for a continent-wide focus on modern African design. The publication’s spotlight mostly falls on interior decoration, but its broad visual stories explode many of the clichéd and romanticised perceptions of what leading-edge, African-designed products should look like.
Textiles, crafts, ...
African animation, a memorial bus for Ken Saro-Wiwa, and new music by Nneka and Samba Touré – cultural happenings from March to May and beyond.
Meet the Affogbolos
In the lead up to Afro-Polis, a 6-day experiential exhibition taking place in London this October, founder Pierre-Christophe Gam introduces us to its muses, Kolade and Remi Affogbolo.
Art and Soul
From Lagos to London, Johannesburg to New York, Dakar to Dubai, contemporary African art has garnered a new wave of interest from art enthusiasts, buyers and collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. With it comes a glaring spotlight on the touchy subject of ownership
Interview: Sandra Obiago
The power of the creative sector to lift economies, boost morale and promote tourism has proven phenomenal all over the world. Sandra Obiago, the Lagos-based powerhouse behind a wealth of initiatives is on a mission to draw on Nigeria's cultural gold mine .
WORDS Diane Lemieux • PORTRAIT Adolphus Opara
Seated in a comfortable armchair in her living room, development activist, documentary filmmaker and art collector, Sandra Obiago doesn’t have time to sip her ...