What is African Artchives?

Memory Trace

The forbearing concept of African Artchives was established in 2016 by Banji Chona

The main goals of the curator of African Artchives are oriented in facilitating the forging and nurturing of positive, representative and contemporary discourses on Mama Africa and her children. as well as the promotion for the deconstructing orthodox archetypes and normative ideologies with African socio-circles.

Therefore it can be said that the establishment of this site was driven by the need to bring to life an accessible space on which Banji could share her work, as well as curate and highlight nuanced artistic content and narratives as put forward by African artists within a wide range of disciplines. The upshot of a space like this is the ability to catalyse the process of empowering and inspiring young African creatives to walk, live and express their truths.

In African communities, such as in the curators’ home nation of Zambia, it is often that creativity and expression through artistic means are stifled. As a result, artists and the wider creative community are often marginalised and thus and underrepresented, not only within their local communities but in international mainstream media alike.

Cyberspace and the digital world allow a wider range of freedom in content production and consumption. Therefore, seizing the new media is a viable way to ensure the increased visibility of African narratives. Especially those being constructed and reconstructed in the digital age.

Forward Looking Visions

The creation of a wider social media based archive, which promotes co-creation (often cross border and cross culture) with the wider digital African.

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