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Things To Look Out For This Week


Cameron Platter exhibition at the Jack Bell Gallery

See, See, See, 2013

See, See, See, 2013

Everyday Apocalypse is South African artist Cameron Platter’s first exhibition in the UK. The works on show form part of his ongoing series of documentary drawings. Once described as “the delinquent love child of Quentin Tarantino and Dr Seuss”, Platter’s work – often a riot of colour, harsh lines and bold words –  is concerned with chronicling contemporary morality through fantasy, satire and subculture.

Everyday Apocalypse
27 March – 20 April

Jack Bell Gallery 
13 Mason’s Yard, St James’s,
London SW1Y 6BU

Opening Hours: Tues- Sat, 10-6

The Education of Auma Obama showing at Ritzy

The Education of Auma Obama

The Education of Auma Obama

Auma Obama is US President Barack Obama’s half-sister and the woman who introduced him to his Kenyan roots. With the 2008 US presidential elections as a narrative backdrop, Nigerian-Welsh director Branwen Okpako films an intimate portrait of a Kenyan woman whose life embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity.

Followed by Q+A with director Okpako

The Education of Auma Obama
28 March

Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London, SW2 1JG



Yinka Shoniabre at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Last Supper (after Leonardo)

Last Supper (after Leonardo)

Pop! is a showcase of Yinka Shonibare installations. The works focus on corruption, debauchery and the materialistic culture that has led to current economic crises. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Shobinare’s subverted depicition of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, where Bacchus replaces the central figure of Christ.

Until 20 April

Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
London W1S 3AN

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Friday
10am – 6pm
11am – 5pm



I am Sara. The new editor of African Art in London, now that Evelyn has moved to New York City.

I’m London born and based and forever interested in exploring African art as a way of learning about ‘back home’ cultures. A consummate practitioner of that first generation trick which is: to find ways to always feel connected even though you are once removed.

This blog has been a little quiet lately mostly because I’m still gathering sources and working out the best way to keep information moving, hopefully it’ll get really loud soon. As well as continuing to plug what’s happening in the capital, I also want to have more discussions about what’s going on. This means profiling artists, interviewing curators, reviewing shows and whatever else it takes to make this space more expansive and interactive for fans of African art in London.

If you ever have any ideas or think of something relevant to contribute please e-mail

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Art Connect: Women Artists from Africa and its Diasporas @ Tiwani Contemporary

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If you’d like to find out more about the work and experiences of female visual artists and curators in Africa, go along to Tiwani Contemporary next week for the latest event in their Art Connect series. This panel discussion coincides with the launch of the latest edition of n. paradoxa international feminist art journal, which looks at ‘Africa and its Diasporas’, and is guest edited by CCA, Lagos founder and director Bisi Silva.

Panellists: Sonia Boyce, artist (UK); Angèle Etoundi Essamba, photographer (Netherlands); Nancy Mteki, photographer (Zimbabwe); Katy Deepwell, art historian and n. paradoxa founder and editor (UK); and Giulia Lamoni, art historian (Portugal).

The event will be moderated by art historian and curator Christine Eyene.

More info here.

Thursday 28 March
6:30 – 8:30pm

Tiwani Contemporary
16 Little Portland Street, London