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TLmag 29 Extended: Afriques / Africas

For the much-awaited reopening of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium—rebaptised AfricaMuseum (which reopened its doors on 8 December 2018) — TLmag journeyed to the vast African continent to explore the artistic inventiveness of creative Africans on a local and international scale. This fascinating edition was challenging, maybe even impossible to create, considering the density of material in the many ‘Africas’: 54 sovereign countries, nine territories and two de facto independent states, each constantly changing, attempting in its own way to exorcise the colonial and post-colonial past and to achieve hyper-modernity. In the extended pages of our 29th print edition, we continue our journey and highlight African artists, designers, architects and photographers who are producing universal, powerful and lively works.

Belgian photographer Sebastien Van de Walle captured the powerful performance art movement in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo during a 2018 visit. There he met Percy Numbi and Flory Sinanduku who create wildly creative costumes out of the waste and trash that sits in a dried up river bed in a poor neighborhood in the city.

On May 20, Sammy Baloji was awarded a special mention in the Venice Architecture Biennale for his three-chapter project in collaboration with Twenty Nine Studio, which addresses the dematerialisation of the landscape and the delocalisation of precolonial social systems through colonial action. TLmag reposts an interview made with Baloji in 2018 for TLmag29.

AFIKARIS Gallery presents Human@Condition, Cameroonian artist Jean David Nkot’s first extensive solo exhibition in France. The exhibition highlights an all-new series of Nkot’s signature hyper-realistic portraits over mapped backgrounds.

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