Post African Futures, an exhibition that took place in May 2015 at the GOODMAN GALLERY
in Johannesburg, explored artist’s positions on the digital and technological in contemporary African cultures. The exhibition was a culmination of and a response to research conducted by TEGAN BRISTOW
. This site acts as a portal to the podcast interviews and catalogue of the exhibition, this catalogue showcases an exhibition that responds to Bristow’s research through works presented at the exhibition and their exploration of “Post African Futures”.
Post African Futures responds to a fundamental lack of understanding of how Africa is culturally positioned in terms of media and technology. There seems to be a default assumption that the digital is a Western technology and its influence and use is therefore Western too. This is problematic for two reasons. Firstly it negates the consequence of neo-colonialism through communications technologies and secondly it assumes that there are no unique African and regional histories of technology.
Through the research that led to the Post African Futures exhibition Bristow began to ask questions about how digital and communications technologies were not only perceived by but also shifted and challenged by African cultures, both historical and contemporary.
CUSS GROUP (SA), NTU (SA), Tabita Rezaire (SA), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (SA), Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi (SA), Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Haythem Zakaria (Tunisia), Jean Katambayi Mukendi (DRC), Sam Hopkins (Kenya), Muchiri Njenga (Kenya), Jepchumba (Kenya), Brooklyn J Pakathi (SA), Wanuri Kahui (Kenya), Dineo Sheshe Bopape (SA), Kapwani Kiwanga, The Brother Moves On (SA), Just A Band (Kenya), Lebogang Rasethaba and Nthato Mokgata (SA), iMagineering Lagos Collective (Nigeria), Smiso Zwane aka OkMalumKoolKat (SA).