[W]Here Now
 11.06 - 17.06.2024 

Galerie Durchgang Petersgraben 31, 4051 Basel

The HeritageConcept24 group exhibition is an interdisciplinary showcase by 11 contemporary African & diasporic artists.

“[W]Here Now” explores the theme of memory and water as a significant carrier of our stories, histories and collective futures.

“Memory is power. We can’t just activate the history of humanity, but we can rekindle memory or at least a part of it. Like water, memory always finds a way back to the source.”
This willingness to find the ‘source’ is the journey to rekindle memory, and with HeritageConcept24, we’re embarking on this journey with both like-minded people and first-time journeyers.

Exhibiting Artists: Benjamin Sencherey, Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Grant Jurius, Eva de Souza, Katlego Tlabela, Kofi Buckman, Kwaku Dapaah Opoku, Laura Arminda Kingsley, Ms. Rafiki and Tuli Mekondjo.

Curated by Kwaku Dapaah Opoku & Keabetswe Boccomino, ‘[W]Here Now’ forms part of the HeritageConcept24 program.
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Kunstmuseum Basel
“ When We See Us”

Dialogue Sessions
29.06 - 06.10.2024 

 Artwork: Esiri Erheriene-Essi, The Birthday Party 2021.
*Artwork: Esiri Erheriene-Essi, The Birthday Party 2021.*
Basel, Switzerland 
“When We See Us” Exhibition

-The dialogue series curated by Afrinova Director, Keabetswe Boccomino makes the diverse perspectives of the Black and African diaspora in Switzerland visible. Artworks and themes from the “When We See Us” exhibition are used to look beyond conventional notions of culture and identity.

Through the engaging sessions, we explore the power of storytelling through design, the function of art as community practice, and the role of diasporic networks for care and advocacy.

Guest hosts Cherry-Ann Morgan, Kwaku Dapaah Opoku and, Marilyn Umurungi offer rich insights into the complexities of our shared community histories, identities, and knowledge.
We invite the public to directly connect and exchange with the multifaceted social contexts where black culture has, and continues to thrive and shape our society's collective experience.

Dialogue Session Dates: 
- Storytelling Through Design with Cherry-Ann Morgan
Sat, June 29, 2024 and Sat, August 31, 2024

- The Functional Art Within Community with Kwaku Dapaah Opoku.
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday October 6, 2024

- The Role of Art in Shaping Historical Narratives with Marilyn Umurungi.
Sunday, August 25, 2024 (in English) and September 28, 2024 (in German)

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Various Events
11.06 - 17.06.2024 

Basel, Switzerland 
HeritageConcept Program

We are excited to announce the return of HeritageConcept to Basel, Switzerland, this June!
HeritageConcept is an annual exhibition and cultural event organised by Afrinova to celebrate Africa’s rich artistic heritage.

Through our collaborative efforts and innovative programming, HeritageConcept aims to amplify African & diasporic creative voices within the global arts community.

This is a dynamic week long initiative working in collaboration with community organisation Verein AfroBasel, Think tank and agency Afrokaana, and design company Intersect Studios.

We offer an experience uniquely positioned at the intersection of an evolving community, creative industry and global dialogue.

Some of our key collaborations for 2024 include: The Nubuke Foundation, Museum der Kulturen Basel, and Basler Afrika Bibliographien, to not only bridge creative worlds but also establish a
platform for discovery, exchange, and dialogue.

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ETH Zürich

Zurich, Switzerland 
IMAMOU Exhibition
with Collegium Helveticum Senior Fellow and author, Kettly Mars

The exhibition curated in collaboration with Afrinova director Keabetswe Boccomino reflects on the themes and topics covered in the literary module by award-winning Haitian author Kettly Mars.

To accompany Mars’ module on Haitian literature, arts and spiritualities the IMAMOU explores the role of water as a symbol of liberation and empowerment throughout Haiti’s historical and contemporary contexts.

Taking the mystical boat IMAMOU as a starting point, this exhibition looks at the artistic and literary expressions of Haitian spiritualities linked to the sea, departure, navigation and (re)beginning. What stories do the waters tell? What images, texts and rituals enable Haitians to (re)connect with ancestors and with nature, to heal the individual and collective traumas of past colonial violence, and to cope with everyday demands such as political instability, the movement of land and bodies, and the effects of global warming that are transforming the maritime ecosystem?

Exhibiting Artists: Laura Arminda Kingsley, Sasha Huber and Tessa Mars.

Vernissage: 14.05.24
16:15 Film Screening & Discussion on Diapositives with Kettly Mars and filmmaker Madafi Pierre
- Collegium Helveticum Semper Sternwarte der ETH Meridian Saal Schmelzbergstrasse 25 8006 Zurich

19:00 Guided tour of the exhibition with curator Keabetswe Boccomino followed by an Apéro
- University of Zurich Institute of Romance Studies Zürichbergstrasse 88032 Zürich

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We Are Still Here
Group Exhibition
13.06 - 18.06.2023 

Basel, Switzerland 
We Are Still Here Exhibition

How are we looking at our pasts to better understand our present moment in order to influence our futures?
Our group exhibition, We Are Still Here, explores this question through the independent voices of contemporary African and diaspora artists.

In this present intersection of hybrid realities & identities, we invite our audience to reflect on what it means to be custodians of heritage. What kind of world emerges when people tap into a new era of creation outside of validated systems?

Inspired by the text with the same title - written by Zimbabwean archaeologist Ashton Sinamai - WE ARE STILL HERE, affirms through various artistic mediums, the inherent nature and influence of African knowledge systems embedded within the contemporary art world.

By delving into the concept of heritage, the exhibition offers us the collective opportunity to redirect our gaze, look within and build new pools of knowledge curated by us through us.

An interdisciplinary showcase of the intrinsic creativity and esoteric methods of knowledge passed down through generations to acknowledge the simple fact that 'we stand on the shoulders of giants.'
Our artists share a new context to the continent's rich culture, and we get to experience some of the many ways heritage continues to inform and influence their realities.

Exhibiting Artists: Afroscope, Cherry-Ann Davids, Kwaku Opoku, Laura Arminda Kingsley, Mpho Mokgadi, Ntshepe Tsekere Bopape (Mo Laudi), Nyahan Tachie Menson, Teddy Pratt and Valerie Etitinwo.

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