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Chimurenga Awarded Vera List Center’s Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School in New York has announced Chimurenga, the pan-African writing, art, and politics platform founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002, as the winner of its 2018–2020 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The $25,000 award was renamed in honor of gallerist Jane Lombard, a Vera List Center advisory board member, who recently donated $5 million to the institution.

Chimurenga’s projects include an eponymous journal of culture, art, and politics, and several other publications—such as the quarterly broadsheet The Chronic and the biennial publication of urban life and African style the African Cities Reader—in addition to the Pan African Space Station, an online radio station and pop-up studio, and the Chimurenga Library, an online resource for collected independent pan-African periodicals and personal books.

The prize jury comprised Koyo Kouoh, the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company in Dakar; Richard William Hill, the Canada research chair in Indigenous studies at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver; Carin Kuoni, the director and chief curator at the Vera List Center; Nontobeko Ntombela, a curator and lecturer based in Johannesburg; Uzma Z. Rizvi, an associate professor of anthropology and urban studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; and Maya Wiley, the senior vice president for social justice and a professor of public and urban policy at the New School in New York.

Chimurenga will also be invited to mount an exhibition and host an international conference at the Parsons School of Design in the fall of next year. Previous winners of the award include Theaster Gates, the anonymous Syrian film collective Abounaddara, and the Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves.

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