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 Vergelegen – top African winery

South Africa’s Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West has been voted the top winery on the African continent. (Image above: illustration).

Vergelegen placed 34 overall in the prestigious World’s Best Vineyard 2019 competition, where a global voting panel analysed 1,500 wineries from 17 producing countries. Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been announced first.

We are absolutely delighted by this award,” Vergelegen CEO Don Tooth said. “The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion.”

 

Incarnations: Afrocentric cultural view

IncarNations African Art as Philosophy exhibition crosses the African continent, following former slave trade, and migration routes in search of essence of African art. Artist Kendell Geers has selected the artifacts from vast collection of Sindika Dokolo, establishing an Afrocentric point of view, discovering new angles in infinitely rich African cultural heritage.

DSCN9468[1]However the exhibition is much more than the appreciation of the African art collection. It open a floor to a profound debate on intercultural communication, inviting public to enter polemics over traditional view on the artifacts from the once upon a time “Dark Continent“, fascinating Europeans by its mysteries, and savageries. passions and sacrifices.

A conversation between artist and curator Kendell Geers and author of publication “African Art and Philosophy” Souleymane Bachir Diagne, philosopher, professor, and director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University, will take place on October 4, 2019 in BOZAR, Brussels.

DSCN9473[1]“Something we Africans got” is presentation and discussion with editor Anna-Alix Koffi, devoting the latest issue of the quarterly magazine to the Congolese contemporary art landscape, and exchanges with Sindika Dokolo, Didier Claes, Chris Dercon, and George Senga. The event takes place in BOZAR, Brussels on October 5. 2019. Magazine launch SWAG, issue #8

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ARTISTS TALK: “An Afro-centric Idea of Art” the conversation with contemporary artists participating in the exhibition IncarNations: Kendell Geers, Otobong Nkanga, Barthelemy Toguo, Lisa Brice and others. Moderated by Osei Bonsu. The debate will take place of October 5, 2019 in BOZAR, Brussels.

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Restitution of artifacts debate, launched by BOZAR in a series of muti-stakeholders talks on the main challenges and considerations concerning the issue of the restitution of objects from Western museums back to African continent, intended to cover the whole range of problems from different point of view, including opinions of museums, international organisations, academics, private collectors, legal experts, artists, and activists. The event takes place in BOZAR, Brussels on October 11, 2019.

DSCN9484[1]Meanwhile there are also summer 45 minutes summer tours, focusing on a few exhibition highlights: O4, 11 & 18.07, 22&29.08

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Guided lunch tours focusing on exhibition highlights: O6, 13, 20, 27.09 & 04.10 More info on the site http://www.bozar.be

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IncarNations: Kendell Geers in Bozar

IncarNations is an exhibition created by the South African artist Kendell Geers in dialogue with the Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo. A fascinating initiative that reflects the diversity of the African artistic heritage, from an Afrocentric point of view and including the itineraries of slaves, colonialism and independence movements.

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“Ethnographic museums are a negation of art because they prevent the objects on display from really looking at us. Because ethnography is constituted, at its colonial origins, as a science of what is radically other, it is in its nature to fabricate strangeness, otherness, separateness“, the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne writes.

Taken from Sindika Dokolo‘s impressive collection, the works of African artists enter into dialogue with those of the diaspora while contemporary works will be displayed alongside classical works.

Incarnations looks at African art as a living philosophical practice.

Works by Sammy Baloji, William Kentridge, Tracey Rose, Wangechi Mutu, Otobong Nkanga, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ana Mendieta, Kehinde Wiley, Andres Serrano, Aida Muluneh, Mwangi Hutter, Hank Willis Thomas, Tracey Rose, Adrian Piper, Lubaina Himid, Roger Ballen, Zanele Muholi, Phyllis Galembo and many others.

LOCATION:

BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts @BOZARBrussels

Guided Tours on request

Info: +32 2 507 83 36 – groups@bozar.be

 

 

 

Benin guide found dead

A corpse of the guide for two French tourists who went missing on safari in Pendjari parc in Benin last week has been found in a burnt car, a local official and a regional security source said.

The fate of two French tourists, who failed to return to the lodge in the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin, is unknown, the sources said.

French mass media reported that they were believed to be kidnapped, citing unnamed regional sources.

France’s foreign affairs ministry could not confirm the information so far, though it has acknowledged that two nationals and their guide had been missing since May, 1. However they underlined they have advised against travelling to the area.

The relevant authorities in Benin and neighbouring Burkina Faso, where the sources say the car was found, declined to comment.

In March 2009 the park was nominated as a tentative site for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site program, and in July 2017 it was officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a transnational extension of the W-Arly-Pendjari Complex. Stretching across three countries, W-Arly-Pendjari Complex is the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savanna belt.

 

Uganda women as “tourist attraction” scandal

The initiative proposed in Kampala, Uganda, by Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda adds curvy and sexy women to the list of attractions for tourists. Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo says the tourism minister is “misguided” and has other options to use instead of women’s bodies.

The fascination by curves of African women is reminiscent of a two centuries old story of the ‘Hottentot Venus’ Sarah Baartman who was exhibited (1810) at a venue in London’s Piccadilly Circus after her arrival from Cape Town. “You have to remember that, at the time, it was highly fashionable and desirable for women to have large bottoms, so lots of people envied what she had naturally, without having to accentuate her figure,” said Rachel Holmes, author of ‘The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman”.

SA Kweneng city discovery

South Africa archaeologists have rediscovered an ancient lost city from around 1800 AD known as Kweneng using laser technology.

The researchers – who are with the University of Witwatersrand – have been studying the site in the Suikerbosrand National Park for decades.

But it was not until cutting-edge laser technology known as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) became available in recent years that they were able to study the ruins in detail from above, and discovered that what they thought was only a scattering of ancient stone huts, turned out to be an urban agglomeration.

 

Cameroon masterpiece at BRAFA

Brussels Antiques & Fine Art Fair (BRAFA) traditionally presents a sophisticated collection of masterpieces of African art, and this year event reaffirms its excellence, sharing with art lovers rare, and mythic objects of authentic cultures.

Doustar Gallery, Brussels displays an extraordinary 19th century piece of Cameroon art: Atwonzen, a beaded head, worn in ancient mysterious rituals by chiefs of Bamileke people in Dschang region.  (Image below).

Art Without Frontiers” is the motto of BRAFA ambitious to celebrate art from every continent and every culture, which has been one of the strengths of the Fair, and one of the reasons explaining its international success. Masterpieces from Africa, America, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania broaden the horizons, and inspire, while bringing visitors in contact with the other forms of art and expression, to other representations and fascinating different visions of the world.

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The BRAFA Art Fair, created in 1956, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs, famous for the high quality fine art, antiques, modern and contemporary art and design. The Fair lasts for 9 days from the end of January to the beginning of February. The first major art event of the year, it is considered a reliable barometer of the art market.

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