Athi Patra Ruga Miss Azania - Alternative Futures - Research Center for Material Culture
13 April 2018

Alternative Futures


To our regret, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are forced to move the Alternative Futures event of Friday in the Afrika Museum to another moment. The opening of Afrotopia remains unchanged and starts at 17.30. We are currently looking for a new date for Alternative Futures. We will inform you about this on short term via the website and newsletter of the Research Center for Material Culture and the Afrika Museum. Thank you for your understanding.

Alternative Futures

The 11th edition of the African Biennale of Photography is titled Afrotopia, after the publication of the Senegalese thinker Felwine Sarr. Curator Marie-Ann Yemsi used this theme to challenge African photographers and artists to show Africa’s contribution to the future development of the world. By taking this statement as a starting point, the proposed roundtable goes into further understandings of the concept of Afrotopia, and how it concretely translates into contemporary African photography and societies. Projecting the conversation into the future, the roundtable also addresses the concept of Afrofuturism and how this cultural movement contributes writing Africa’s future.

Guest speakers

  • Samuel Sidibé, Managing Director Rencontres de Bamako
  • Azu Nwagbogu, curator and founder of LagosPhoto Festival
  • Hela Ammar, photographer
  • Athi-Patra Ruga, photographer
  • Joana Choumali, photographer (video interview)
  • Rahima Gambo, photographer (video interview)
  • Kadara Enyeasi, photographer (video Interview)

For this roundtable, Ama Van Dantzig, founder of Dr. Monk will interact with the speakers. A creative mastermind, Ama divides her time between Accra and Amsterdam, building bridges between seemingly opposite worlds.