When I think of contemporary Angolan culture, I usually think of expressive music and dance – especially the electric Kuduro and the sensual Kizomba. However, there seems to be a dynamic art scene whose energy equally expresses the energetic spirit of a nation regenerating itself, not too long after a 27-year civil war.
So in honour of Angola's Independence Day today, here is a celebration of the country's art. From the little I've seen, collage and assemblage seem to be popular techniques. I love how these serve to create tapestries of memory and aspiration, history and hope, as well as to collate experience and the interaction of cultures.
Above: art inspired by Angola from UK artist John Keane.
Check out initiatives initiatives like Luanda, Smooth and Rave. You can also still catch the Trienal in Luanda, until the 19th of December. An event to promote Angolan culture, you can expect 196 theatre projects, 28 fashion events, cinema, dance, music and more.