Following her exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Sandra Mujinga now opens a large solo show in Berlin. In her works, the rising star of the art world deals with racism and our relationship with the environment.
Japanese comics and graphic novels have long enjoyed a huge following in France. The majority of those mangas are Asian imports, but a few European artists have ventured into the genre. Our reporters went to meet Frenchman Reno Lemaire, whose series "Dreamland" has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.
Kenyan artist Tina Benawra paints images that can be read in Braille, in the hope of allowing visually impaired people to experience and enjoy art.
Artist Soheila Sokhanvari honours the untold stories of Iran's feminist icons. As protests rage across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, artists are posting images in support of freedom. In September, Iranians took to the streets after the 22-year-old died in police custody.
Annette Young meets acclaimed US artist and writer, Alison Bechdel, whose latest book has been translated into French. They talk about the need for exercise, feminism and American politics following the demise of Roe v. Wade. We also report on how the record-breaking floods in Pakistan that have left millions homeless, have placed women in an even more vulnerable position. Plus the many facets of American war photographer, Lee Miller, who was so much more than being simply the muse for Surrealist artist, Man Ray.
17 Apr 2022
We hear from up-and-coming artist Matthew Eguavoen, whose work translates complex, contemporary African experiences into vibrant and challenging portraits. But first, Ethiopian researchers are hoping that a local staple known as false banana could have some real benefits for food security. Enset is little known outside of the country but is nutritious and drought resistant. Also, nine ancient Libyan artefacts have been returned home after having been looted during 21st century conflicts and smuggled out to the US.
17 Apr 2022
Ethiopian researchers are hoping that a local staple known as false banana could have some real benefits for food security. Enset is little known outside of the country but is nutritious and drought resistant. Also 9 ancient Libyan artifacts have been returned home after having been looted during 21st century conflicts and smuggled out to the US. And we hear from rising Matthew Eguavoen whose work translates complex, contemporary African experiences into vibrant and challenging portraits.
12 Mar 2022
She's called herself a "caretaker of memory". Zineb Sedira is as much an artist as she is a researcher, historian and filmmaker. The Franco-Algerian artist is representing France at the 59th Venice Biennale of contemporary art in April. She joins us in the studio to talk about the influence of Algerian activist cinema on her work. We also discuss how the war in Ukraine has jeopardised Pavlo Makov's participation in the Biennale, and she weighs in on the decision of Russian artists to boycott their own, state-sponsored pavilion.
6 Mar 2022
The cultural world has reacted swiftly to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Artists and performers have been cancelling shows in Russia, while cultural institutions are under growing pressure to cut ties with Russian oligarchs. The country will also no longer be represented at major international events, including the Eurovision Song Contest. We're joined by Ukrainian artist Nikita Kravtsov, who's also one of the organisers of "Support Ukraine" in France. He denounced a "genocide" in his country and called for the West to implement a no-fly zone over Ukrainian skies.
2 Mar 2022
As the war in Ukraine continues, the arts and culture sector has ground to a halt. Artist Pavlo Makov was preparing his installation for this year’s Venice Biennale when the Russian invasion arrived at his doorstep in Kharkiv. Pavlo tells us more about the tense situation there, the post-Soviet years that cast a shadow over his creative output and why, as a Ukrainian artist, he refuses to leave his home.
12 Dec 2021
On GirlZOffMute, we're in Nigeria with the nine-year-old, multi-talented artist Lisa Ebube Nnabuihe, aka Little Lisza. Apart from composing her own songs, she remixes those of famous Nigerian musicians. But which of her remixes is her favorite? And why does Lisa take such pride in her Igbo culture? Listen to what she told our teen reporter who is also a Hollywood star – Angel Onyi Unigwe.
7 Nov 2021
The blockade in Gaza makes the living conditions of its 2 million residents a constant struggle, disrupting every aspect of daily life. The periodic outbreaks of war with Israel have only deepened the humanitarian crisis, leaving nearly every civilian in the enclave affected. To confront the trauma, Malak Mattar turned to painting as an outlet. A form of healing and resistance, her brightly coloured works often depict women grappling with the complex reality of life in Gaza. She joined us for Perspective.