Afropolitan Comics: From South Africa to the Continent, Images in Conversation is a virtual exhibition organized as part of the National Arts Festival in June 2020. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the state of comics in Africa, by placing South African comics parallel to comics from other parts of the continent. In the words of the curators, this exhibition “will offer a true glimpse of the Afropolitan – a spirit of African invigoration shared by our continent, our home.”
Afropolitan Comics: From South Africa to the Continent, Images in Conversation is a virtual exhibition organized as part of the National Arts Festival in June 2020. It is organized by the Institut Francais in South Africa and has as curators, Ray Witcher, Joëlle Epée Mandengue – Elyon’s, Tara Weber and Jean-Philippe Martin.
Afropolitan Comics aims to present a conversation between South African comics and comics from other African countries. It showcases the work of 16 artists and is organised around three themes: “Autobiography”, “Heroes and History” and “Folklore and Future”.
The exhibition features the work of major comics artists across Africa. These are:
- Mogorosi Motshumi (The 360 Degree Trilogy)
- Annick Kamgang aka KAM (Lucha, the chronicle of an unarmed revolution in Cong, Main Basse sure le Cameroun)
- Willem Samuel (Mengelmoes, Die Swart Kat)
- Toudji Samir
- Lesego Ditlhake
- Tayo Fatunla
- Luke Molver (Nero Genesis, Shaka Rising)
- Koffi R. N’guessan
- Daniel Clarke (Kariba)
- Reine Dibussi (Mulaatako)
- Daniel Hugo (The Velocity Anthology, SECTOR)
- Gaspard Njock
- Ray Witcher (Wanton, Spoek)
- Juni Ba (Kayin and Abeni, Djeliya, Ndaw, Monkey Meat)
- Loyiso Mkize (Kwezi)
- Bill Masuku (Captain South Africa, Razor-Man)
The virtual exhibition was part of the official program of the virtual National Arts Festival, which took place from 25 June to 5 July 2020. It is also part of France’s Year of Comics, a celebration of the “Ninth Art” (as French speakers call it) through multiple events and exhibitions.