TSA Magazine Iss. 01 – 2016
This issue highlights Nigeria’s presence at the 12th edition of the Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal as we profile the five Nigerian artists featured alongside other international artists. Bapstiste Madinier gives an overview of the biennale and highlights some of its challenges, while in a conversation with Simon NjamiArtistic Director of the 12th Dak’Art Biennale, Bukola Oye navigates the basis for the theme and the urgent need to reignite an African dream and hope in Africa.
The question of the representation of African contemporary art in the West, how it is shared, consumed and perhaps exploited is addressed by Erica Famojure in The rise of African Voices in the Art Market, through discussions at the last 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair Forum in New York. Jite Efemuaye reports the last auctions on African art in Lagos and in London, and the significance of these sales in global market trends.
African-American writer, Jovonna Jones examines the current interest of the West in African art and culture. She writes, “In this contemporary moment, black artists – whether from the African continent or elsewhere in the Diaspora – possess far-reaching influences. Amidst globalised cultural exchange and taste-making power, Western masses in particular continue to hunger for African and African Diasporic art across creative industries, and for various reasons.”
In the travel section, an interview with Nigerian writer and photographer living in Sweden, Lola Åkerström, shows what it takes to be a travel photographer. From El Anatsui to Kehinde Wiley, Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor and more, we spot light some of the trending artists and art photos on our radar in the first half of 2016.
Through the well-researched features, we invite you into our local space which has different windows on African art and in a language that remains accessible.