ART AFRICA – writing art history since 2002.
Through insightful positioning pieces, in-depth interviews, features, profiles, and reviews, ART AFRICA captures and reports on the latest developments around contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. ART AFRICA today sees itself as a vehicle that celebrates Africa’s future-present. Our writers and contributors produce insightful and thought-provoking content that includes some of the most significant thought leaders of our time. Committed to the idea of Africa as the hub and matrix of a changing world, ART AFRICA recognises the great importance of building connections and growing networks. While the digital provides the means, ART AFRICA is about building people, building ideas, and building cultures recreated through exchange; but not forgetting its origins as a ground-breaking print publication.
HISTORY OF ART AFRICA
ART AFRICA, WRITING ART HISTORY SINCE 2002
For too long, there was too little written about contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Writing art history from an African perspective is essential to changing the narrative about art from the continent and owning it proudly.
After opening our contemporary art gallery in 1999, our next step was to launch Art South Africa in 2002. Our conviction was that Africa had to take a proud stance and to showcase itself from the continent and with an African voice. It has never been easy to navigate between the 54 countries that make up the continent, never mind the cultural and language differences. But through intellectual dialogue and the discourse on the internationalism and multiculturalism of the arts from Africa – we have made it easier to navigate the conversations. In 2015 we went international, changing the title of the publication to ART AFRICA. Over the last 18 years, the magazine has become a collector’s item – our highly curated editorial strategy and intelligent design ensure that every single edition of the magazine makes a valuable addition to our archive. The publication is also a vital resource, found on the library shelves of global art collectors, museums and gallery directors, academics, artists and those just wanting to learn more about contemporary from Africa. Through insightful positioning pieces, in-depth interviews, features, profiles, and reviews, ART AFRICA captures and reports on the latest developments around contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora.