Interviews

Building the Future with Rammed Earth: An Interview with Joelle Eyeson, Co-founder of Hive Earth

Joelle Eyeson

Founded in 2017, Hive Earth is a groundbreaking construction company based in Accra, Ghana, that champions sustainable building practices using rammed earth technology. Co-founded by Joelle Eyeson and her husband, Christian Deheer, Hive Earth is dedicated to reducing the construction industry’s carbon footprint by incorporating locally sourced materials and innovative techniques. Their journey began with […]

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Through A Celestial Lens: Julie Banâtre And Léa Perier Loko Discuss Reimagining Beninese Sculpture In ‘Interstellar’

Interstellaire_Hommage a la sculpture du Benin_SEPTIEME Gallery Cotonou_Copyright Carlos Sodokpa_3

‘Interstellar, A Tribute to Beninese Sculpture’ at SEPTIEME Gallery in Cotonou is a captivating exhibition running until September 21st, 2024. This curatorial journey, conceived by the gallery’s directors Julie Banâtre and Léa Perier Loko, aims to reimagine the presentation of Beninese sculptures by drawing a poetic parallel between these art forms and celestial bodies. The

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An Interview With The Co-Founders Of Cave Bureau: The Nairobi-Based Architecture Firm Redefining Architecture With Sustainability, And Cultural Heritage

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Cave Bureau, an innovative architectural and research firm based in Nairobi, Kenya, is redefining the landscape of architecture and design with a focus on sustainability, indigenous knowledge, and social justice. Co-founded by Stella Mutegi and Kabage Karanja, the firm challenges traditional architectural practices by integrating cultural heritage and ecological considerations into their projects. Cave Bureau

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Curators’ and Nana Danso Awuah-Asante’s Reflections on His Retrospective at La Foundation for the Arts

Pictured From Left: Nana Danso Awuah-Asante, Chantel Akworkor Thompson and Calvin Ayivie,

On Thursday, June 13, 2024, La Foundation for the Arts (LAFA) will present a solo exhibition, “From Soul to Humanity: A Retrospective of Works (2018-2024),” featuring the remarkable journey of Ghanaian artist Nana Danso Awuah-Asante. Co-curated by Chantel Akworkor Thompson and Calvin Ayivie, this retrospective showcases the evolution of Nana Danso’s artistry, from his early

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Armand Boua On His ‘Manawa’ Exhibition And His Future Plans

Photo Armand Boua Avril 2024

On May 18th, OOA Gallery in Sitges, Barcelona, opened the highly anticipated solo exhibition of Armand Boua, titled “Manawa.” Running until June 30th, this groundbreaking exhibition showcases Boua’s exceptional talent and offers a profound exploration of the lives of marginalized youth, colloquially known as “Manawa,” in Abidjan. Boua’s mixed-media artworks, which blend elements of figuration

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Interview with Chantel Akworkor Thompson, Executive Director of La Foundation for the Arts (LAFA)

Picture of Akworkor Thompson. Courtesy LAFA

Africans Column had the privilege of interviewing Chantel Akworkor Thompson, the Executive Director of La Foundation for the Arts (LAFA), a newly established organization dedicated to advancing the arts in Ghana. With Safoa Aïsha Cablye-Gaisie as the founder, LAFA aims to provide critical support, professional development tools, and resources for emerging and unrecognized art workers

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Threads of Identity: An Exclusive Interview with Paakow Essandoh, Founder of MIZIZI

Paakow Essandoh

In the vibrant landscape of contemporary fashion, a brand exists that transcends mere aesthetics to become a powerful emblem of cultural pride and celebration. Founded by Paakow Essandoh, MIZIZI is a testament to the fusion of African and Caribbean heritage with modern streetwear sensibilities. MIZIZI has emerged as a beacon of authenticity and representation in

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Exploring Identity and Inspiration: An Interview with Kojo Marfo on his “Crucible of Hope” Exhibition

Kojo Marfo at "Crucible of Hope" Exhibition

An exhibition titled “Crucible of Hope” by the renowned Ghanaian artist Kojo Marfo and curated by Jean-David Malat has recently opened its doors at the prestigious Heydar Aliyev Center on the 13th of February. The opening ceremony witnessed esteemed guests including Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Leyla Aliyeva, and Head of Baku Media Center,

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Diving into ‘Invocations’: Curatorial Insights from Danda, Director of Circle Art Agency

Installation view of Invocations Exhibition at Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi. Photography by Ian Gichohi

Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi recently unveiled its latest exhibition, “Invocations,” a dynamic showcase of African contemporary art that delves into the intricate interplay of spiritual forces, political issues, and the materials that shape our daily lives. Featuring a diverse lineup of established and mid-career artists from East Africa, including Souad Abdelrassoul, Jonathan Gathaara Sölanke

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Behind the scenes of ‘Unextractable: Sammy Baloji Invites’ – An Insightful Interview with the Curators

Installationview Kunsthalle Mainz: Unextractable: Sammy Baloji invites, Sammy Baloji, Kasala, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

In a riveting conversation with the curators of the ‘Unextractable: Sammy Baloji Invites’ exhibition, Africans Column delves into the inspiration behind the theme and the intricate curatorial process that shaped this groundbreaking showcase. The exhibition, currently captivating audiences at Kunsthalle Mainz since its commencement on October 27, 2023, until February 11, 2024, unravels the profound

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