Ep35. A conversation with Boniface Mwangi on photography, running for office, and more

This week’s episode features a conversation with award-winning photojournalist and political activist Boniface Mwangi. Mwangi recently ran to be a member of parliament in Starehe constituency, which is in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Thanks to the efforts of friend of the podcast Dr. Chipo Dendere, Mwangi recently visited the Pioneer Valley to give a lecture at Amherst College. While he was here, I sat down with him and asked about his recent campaign for office and about his book, Unbounded, which features stories about his life juxtaposed with a sample of some of his amazing photography. In addition to being sold in Kenya, Unbounded is currently available in the United States via Amazon. Our conversation begins at 2:14. … More Ep35. A conversation with Boniface Mwangi on photography, running for office, and more

Links this week: Mogadishu attacks, Kenya’s elections, Sudan’s film archives, and more

This week’s episode featured a conversation with Kiara Hill, one of the curators of “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. (It was a prominent topic in last week’s episode with Amy Halliday). Kiara was one of the five curators; her exhibit is titled “[WOMB]an” … More Links this week: Mogadishu attacks, Kenya’s elections, Sudan’s film archives, and more

Ep33. A conversation with Kiara Hill on African art, black womanhood, knowledge production, and more

This week we chat with Kiara Hill, one of the curators of “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. I talked about the exhibition with Amy Halliday in last week’s episode. Kiara Hill was one of the five curators, her exhibit [WOMB]AN explores the saliency of femininity and womanhood in West African cosmology. Kiara holds an M.A. in Women Studies from the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts. Our conversation begins at 3:40. Listen to us talk about gender, power, race, and knowledge production: … More Ep33. A conversation with Kiara Hill on African art, black womanhood, knowledge production, and more

Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

In this week’s conversation with Amy Halliday, Amy mentioned a few contemporary art resources of potential interest to our followers: ArtThrob is “South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication.” It is because of ArtThrob’s generous Creative Commons license that this week’s blog post features the work of Mary Sibande (@marysibande), who will receive Smithsonian African Artist award in … More Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

Ep32. A conversation with Amy Halliday on contemporary African art

Episode 32 features a conversation with Amy Halliday, director of the Hampshire Gallery at Hampshire College. Amy works at the intersection of curation, education, arts administration and management. She holds an M.A. in Art History from University College London and an M.A. in teaching from Smith College. We talk about contemporary African art and “5 Takes on African Art,” an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts. Our conversation begins at 2:34. … More Ep32. A conversation with Amy Halliday on contemporary African art