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Re-encountering Biafra in film archives

Jul26

What personal and collective memory is evoked when we encounter films from a historical period? The discovery, in 2015, of a batch of films from Nigeria’s postcolonial and post-war history in the abandoned rooms of the old Colonial Film Unit in Lagos, led me to reflect about the possibilities and challenges that arise from it for public memorializing. Their seeming sudden presence triggered the question: What process of forgetting triggered this mass internment?

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Dakar’s African Renaissance

I have wanted to come to Dakar since I was a young man growing up in western Kenya reading Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poetry. My mother, a schoolteacher, made me read Senghor’s poetry aloud before asking me to explain what Senghor was thinking when he wrote his poetry.

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Italy is back at the European Development Days

Brussels – The 11th edition of the European Development Days will be held in Brussels on June 7 and 8. Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year, the Italian delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), Laura Frigenti.

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In ‘Maman Colonelle’ a Congolese policewoman takes on ghosts of the past

Jun1

In Kisangani, the third largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the capital of its former Orientale Province, the legacies of state decay and conflict continue to affect the social fabric of society. Women and children, who frequently face abuse and rape, are the main victims of this legacy.

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The Archive of Malian Photography

“Every unit of meaning, and not just every image, is a public crossroads of histories of interpretation.” This reflection comes from Paul Landau’s introduction to Images and Empire: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (2002), but also applies to the images and the overall mission of the Archive of Malian Photography.

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The White Hunter

Apr23

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea presents in Milan (Italy) the third event of its exhibition program on the occasion of the next edition of MiArt during the Milan Art Week: Il Cacciatore Bianco/The White Hunter. African Memories and representations.

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