“There can be little doubt that the times we are living through at this moment are both necessary and self-inflicted. It calls for repentance. The etymology of the word repentance is complex but the Greek translates as metanoia. Metanoia is a cerebral and visceral return to the right path and nothing combines both sides of the brain: the intuitive, perceptive; the observational and thoughtful quite like art. In this regard, we need to build cultural bridges, collaborative practices, air corridors with organisations and individuals with similar values and aims as we have.
ART AFRICA has been at the forefront of selfless and consistent services in decades. It is a faithful and committed duty. For this reason, I am happy to be a guest editor and Editor-at-Large for the seminal publication. I am also grateful to Suzette and Brendon Bell-Roberts, the founders, for inviting me on to build the new online direction of the magazine with them.” –Azu Nwagbogu
The current digital edition of ART AFRICA, titled RAPID RESPONSE, can be viewed complimentary until the end of November 2020.
About ART AFRICA – writing art history since 2002
ART AFRICA captures and reports on the latest developments around contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora and today sees itself as a vehicle that celebrates Africa’s future-present. Committed to the idea of Africa as the hub and matrix of a changing world, where building people and ideas, building connections, and growing networks, are mobilised towards rewriting history from African perspectives.
Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, and the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nwagbogu was the interim Director/Chief Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from April 2018 to August 2019. He created Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary art from Africa and diaspora. Nwagbogu is on the jury of major art awards and committees such as the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, the World Press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-18), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Lensculture and Magnum. Nwagbogu also works as an independent curator and culture critic.