Art & Life

Fri,31Jul2015

Art & Life

Art In a sinking city, Africa shines

Clockwise: Wangechi Mutu; Sammy Baloji in front of The Other Memorial; Okwui Enwezor Not without controversy, Okwui Enwezor's Venice Biennale has focused the art world on African talent and challenges artists to "speak their truth".

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FIFA's Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter under the spotlight

Sepp Blatter. Photo©Rex Shutterstock/SIPAAmidst international investigations into corruption at the global football organisation FIFA, the president is set to step down. African federations want to see his successor continue policies promoting the continent.

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Australian volunteer surgeons treat over 1,200 East Africans

Before and After photograph of a young boy who benefited from Rafiki's reconstructive surgery. Photo©Asanterafiki.comAustralian volunteer surgeons, Rafiki Surgical Missions, have given more than 1,200 East Africans a reason to smile, literally, after operating on mainly children with congenital facial deformities or burns.

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Nigeria - Niger: Boko Haram resurgence deepens humanitarian crisis in Niger

A wave of attacks by Islamist insurgents Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and the islands of Lake Chad has forced tens of thousands across the border to Niger's arid southeastern region of Diffa, worsening a dire humanitarian situation.

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Afrofuturism: Seeing parallel worlds

Photos©Carl de Souza/AFP; Alvise Busetto/Lapresse/Maxppp; All Rights Reserved; Pichi Chuang/Reuters; Tony Kyriacou/Rex Features/SipaThe power of the African imagination to remould past and present into fantastic futures and alternative realities has inspired a new wave of artists, musicians and writers.

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Trend hunter: A tattoo in Cairo

Photo©Razan Alzayani/AP/SIPAAlthough tattoos have long been popular among Copts – a small cross on the palm or wrist is common – they are still frowned upon by conservative Muslims.

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South Sudan: Government urged to offer mental treatment to soldiers

File photo©ReutersThe South Sudanese government has been urged to provide post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health treatment for its armed forces after a soldier attacked and killed civilians in Warrap State, in the latest such attack by a member of the uniformed forces.

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