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Sahel Sounds Brings 'Azawad Libre!' to Portland

Sahel Sounds brings Christopher Kirkley‘s “Azawad Libre! New Media and Imagined Geographies in the Sahel" to the Portland Museum of Modern Art.


The Portland Museum of Modern Art partners with Sahel Sounds to bring you Christopher Kirkley's "Azawad Libre! New Media and Imagined Geographies in the Sahel," from November 18th to December 15th. Kirkley exhibits his travels in this multimedia showcase, exploring a flourishing intersection of folk art, computers, and cell phones through the Sahel, and the political implications of these new forms of expression. Kirkley uses these words to describe the exhibition:

"Examining the rich content of the digital artifacts which circulate through the networks of the Sahel, Azwad Libre! considers not only the roles of new media and democratization of creative tools, but the beauty of uninhibited inspiration."

Read more about "Azawad Libre!" here. The show will run from Nov.18th to Dec. 15, 12pm to 7pm daily at the Portland Museum of Modern Art.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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