Diagnosing the Chimurenga Chronic

Opening: 09.04.2015 @6:30pm
Location: Hoa Sen University
Marie Curie Room – 6th Floor
Hoa Sen University
8 Nguyen Van Trang, District 1



‘Encounter’ lecture series welcomes Ntone Edjabe, writer, journalist and musician of Cameroon origin, now based in Cape Town, South Africa. He will give a lecture about his role in establishing and directing the print and online pan-African platform called ‘Chimurenga’, which showcases art, society and culture. His presentation will focus on Chimurenga’s latest editorial project, The Chimurenga Chronic, which began as the once-off edition of a fictional newspaper published in October 2011, but back-dated to the week of 18-24 May 2008.

The once-off edition of the Chronic was a social sculpture that embraced the newspaper as a popular medium that raises the perennial question of news and newness, of how we define both the now and history. It invited its editors, writers, artists and readers to take it seriously as a time machine; to re-consider the past as a territory to explore, and the present as a precarious and elusive entry-point through which, hopefully, a radically different future might make its appearance. This fictional newspaper has since become a reality, as a quarterly publication which is distributed across the continent’s main cities and further afield, and while continually exploring the possibilities of this old technology – the newspaper as art object, as curriculum, as cartography, and more.

* Entrance is free. Translation will be provided.

* Additionally, Ntone Edjabe brings along a set of pan-African music gig, which will be featured in one of the most chic clubs in the city, The Observatory (5 Nguyen Tat Thanh, District 1), on 10 April, 2015 at 11:30 pm. Come to enjoy The beats of Africa that you might not come across as often any time soon! Limited tickets for the music gig, including a discount on one first drink, can be acquired after the lecture night. Please contact San Art staff on site for more information.


Ntone Edjabe participates in ‘Encounter’, a lecture series which is part of a large artistic endeavour called ‘Conscious Realities’, initiated and organized by San Art in partnership with Prince Claus Fund.