Contemporary And (C&)

Contemporary And (C&) is an art magazine and a dynamic space where issues and information on international art from African perspectives are reflected and connected. C& has been online for four years now and has attracted great international attention so far during this period. Apart from publishing weekly features, columns, reviews and interviews with major protagonists in the global art scene on contemporaryand.com, our international network has repeatedly enabled us to present emerging artists before they made their breakthrough in the art world. C& provides a space for the relevant protagonists and artistic discourses from international African perspectives – online and on the ground: in addition to our online platform we have produced seven very successful print issues since 2014, distributing them in cities such as Dakar, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Lagos, Venice, Bamako, New York and Sao Paulo.

C& and ArtsEverywhere value this partnership as both platforms are constantly challenging the art canon by looking at artistic perspectives beyond excluding categories and labels. Exchanging content is very fruitful to broaden networks and discourses that are relevant to both platforms. Features range from artistic discourses in queer activism to non-formal education approaches to marginalised narratives.

Centering Indigenous Bodies, Thought and Practice

Aïcha Diallo, Berlin 

The gathering Under the Mango Tree — Sites of Learning, that was organized by aneducation of documenta 14 and ifa, acted as an open forum to explore the notion and practice of education globally. Artist Duane Linklater, who participated in the gathering with the project Wood Land School, met with Aïcha...

In Ghana, Visions of Queer Friendship and Love

M. Neelika Jayawardane, New York 

This article is part of a series produced in collaboration with Aperture magazine and Contemporary And, coinciding with Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa.” In his series Just Like Us (2016), the photographer Eric Gyamfi explores the contradictions of queer life in Ghana. His work chronicles what it means to be “other” in...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The Rising Contemporary African Art Brand and the Burden of Africanness

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Hanover, New Hampshire 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? borrows its title from Sidney Poitier’s 1967’s epic comedy-drama, a fitting metaphor, in reference to the astute observation of art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu that African artists have indeed mastered the realpolitiks of contemporary art and can now be counted as legitimate stakeholders. They have invited themselves to the dinner...