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Friday, February 7th, 2014

New short film: John Akomfrah, Stuart Hall and the film essay

In 2013 I had the opportunity to work with frieze, a UK-based contemporary art and culture magazine. Towards the end of my time at the magazine, I co-produced a film on John Akomfrah, which just went live today (film below). For those of you unfamiliar with Akomfrah’s work, he began his practice as an artist

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Zimbabwean Diaspora Diaries

I have been photographing for 3 years now. I began at the start of my degree in Photojournalism at Falmouth University in the UK, from which I graduated this year. I was born in Zimbabwe in 1990,...

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The visibility of contemporary women artists in Africa

There has been much written recently about the proliferation of the ‘Africa Issue’ amongst many contemporary art publications and journals. So, true to form, last week saw the launch of the latest volume of feminist art journal...

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Marcus Garvey’s Africa

Late last year I had the opportunity to review College of William and Mary History Professor Robert Vinson’s remarkable new book, The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa. Vinson details both...

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Il Manifesto

It may come across as self-indulgent and somewhat presumptuous that I named the original version of Africa is a Country “The Leo Africanus.” But it was also a fortuitous choice for a blog name that helped me...

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Azonto Germany

So apparently there’s more to the Ghana-Germany connection than the Boateng boys. I think the above Azonto rave in Hamburg this past January is proof of that. It’s perhaps an illustration of some of the points we...

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Music Break. Hamdan Al-Abri

I've been in Dubai for the past month working on an documentary on the life of late South African political activist and Mandela confidante Fatima Meer (we shot it in South Africa but the production company is...

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

More to Staten Island than ‘Mob Wives’

Photographer Glenna Gordon, no stranger to AIAC, is working on a new project in Staten Island, home to the largest population of Liberians outside of Liberia. I asked her if I could publish some of the work...