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'Tension' by Evans Mbugua

This Kenyan Artist Creates Stirring "Cosmic Pop Art" Inspired By Contemporary Dance

We speak to Evans Mbugua's about the inspiration behind his striking collections "Identities," and 'Dialogue."

For his first solo show in the UK, Evans Mbugua has created what he's described as “the first visual contemporary dance exhibition," as he carefully puts it.

To achieve the high ambition, the Kenyan-born artist closely observed a pair of male and female dancers for 18 months, in different studios and venues around Paris, France, where he's based.

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The Most Valued Piece of Modern Nigerian Art Was Just Discovered In a London Apartment

It's being called "the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years."

It's not everyday that a rare treasure is unearthed in a place as ordinary as an apartment, but that's precisely what happened on Tuesday when a famous 1974 painting by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, depicting the Ife Princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, was discovered in a "modest London flat," reports BBC Africa.

The famous painting is considered a national symbol of the end of the Biafran War, and had gone missing in 1994 after Enwonwu's death along with three other versions of "Tutu."

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"Des Localização." René Tavares. Photo courtesy of afrOURuban.

These 9 African Artists Share What Inspires Their Work at the afrOURban Art Exhibit

afrOURban is a collective that showcases art made by people who document the architecture, culture, and urban spaces of the continent.

In an intimate space in the Lower East Side, Kholisile Dhliwayo brings a variety of spectators who are equally curious and conversant about the pieces art hung neatly on the wall. The bright room is packed elbow to elbow with creatives and art lovers alike, speculating about what each piece means and how Dhliwayo managed to fit such great art into one room. Due to the vibrant conversation, it's clear that no one is paying attention to the live music that played throughout the night, but the free wine might also be the cause. Whatever the reason, the crowd is enjoying each other's company, while discussing the socio-political landscape of Africa.

The Zimbabwean architect is the mind behind AfrOURban—a collective that showcases art made by people who document the architecture, culture, and urban spaces of the continent. Dhliwayo feels it's time to tell a more full story about what it means to be urban and African, so he thought an art exhibit would be a great start. Art, to him, is the most natural way in which for centuries, societies have documented and expressed themselves. While there are individuals documenting this both directly and indirectly, there's no space for these ideas to come together and be discussed, particularly in the diaspora. The exhibition and collective hope to do just that—document and express the many characters of the metropole on the continent and whether these factors inform culture or are informed by it.

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