Western Africa Category


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!00 years of West African Portraits

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January 6, 2015 • African Art in Public Health

“You’ve got to be a bit utopian to be an artist because it is not a very realistic occupation. The thought of being an artist in itself I think is a utopian idea because I don’t really make anything useful and I think that in of itself is an illustration of my disposition.”


• On Being an Artist and the Utopian Dream: Yinka Shonibare MBE •


“I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory. You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.”

– Thomas Sankara, 1985

Artwork by Célanie Xavier

Xavier Célanie

Xavier Célanie

• On Madness and Invention: Thomas Sankara •


November 14, 2014 • Cameroon Color


November 11, 2014 • This is What Hatred Did


October 27, 2014 • 2014 Lagos Photo Festival


October 2, 2014 • Art by Folasade

Bamako is full of contrasts and contradictions. It’s a huge village. Tradition holds a very important place and the youth resolutely aspires to modernity. To me, visually speaking, Bamako is an open-air installation. I love its light, its river, its hills, its new tarmacked avenues that suddenly turn into little bumpy roads…. I use architecture as a language to bear witness to social change.


• François-Xavier Gbré: Bamako, Architecture, Photography and Change •


June 23, 2014 • Fatoumata Diabaté


May 20, 2014 • Last Kings of Africa


May 18, 2014 • Feature Artist: Neals Niat