Yvette Mutumba

  • Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2004, ink-jet print, 23 5/8 × 23 5/8".

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    Dr. Yvette Mutumba is cofounder and editor in chief of the art magazines Contemporary And (C&) and Contemporary and América Latina (C&AL). She is a lecturer at the Institute of Art in Context, Berlin University of the Arts, and curator at large at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Mutumba studied art history at Free University of Berlin and holds a Ph.D. from Birkbeck, University of London.



    The international antiracism protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks prompted a group of curators, artists, and cultural workers to set up this



    My life in Chicago has taken on a Teutonic tinge, so I’ve become more engaged in arcane Germanic topics—and I’m keen to read the novel Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), an erudite essayist and chronicler of the black literary tradition. Whereas that tradition’s engagement with Europe generally pivots around a New York–Paris axis, Pinckney’s novel sends a young, queer, aspiring writer from my hometown to seek refuge in Cold War Berlin, hoping to resuscitate the libertine spirit of Weimar Germany. I imagine disappointment for the protagonist but