|Zanele Muholi, South Africa|
Contemporary AND (C&): C& is a growing online platform combining a lively magazine with features, interviews, columns as well as constantly growing databases of important renowned as well as upcoming art spaces, museums, galleries, artists and publications around international art production from African perspectives.
Another exiting area is our C& Art space, a virtual gallery where artists, curators, critics or art historians can collaborate and work on projects and exhibitions together!
APiF: Can you explain the name of the magazine?
C&: So the name itself Contemporary And (C&) plays with the idea that an artist is foremost a "contemporary" working artist and maybe then "from Nairobi, studied in New York or has a gallery in Italy." We want to open up and kind of overcome the blurry and as well stereotypical term of the "African" artists because the question is "What is African"?
|by South African artist Mary Sibande|
C&: We work on different levels: through our own knowledge, research and network of writers, producers, artists. It entails some constant reflections and work in progress. Our vision is really to act as a medium that transgress certain limitations and fixed localities. One of our goals is also to give voices to critical and outstanding artists, writers and producers, so to go beyond what is obvious.
APiF: What is the African Perspective?
|Detail from 'Found not taken' series, March, 2013, Luanda, Angola, E. Chagas.|
APiF: Can you name some artists to watch out for?
C&: Edson Chagas from Luanda, Angola. He won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2013 and the great thing is that we featured him as our "Artist of the month" one week before he and the Angolan Pavilion won the prestigious prize! Another name would be Fatoumata Diabaté, photographer from Bamako, Mali.
APiF: How would you explain why anything "Africa"-related continues to be so "trendy"?
|Vincent Michéa, Ivory Coast|
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