History in the Making

Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa Event
January 25, 2021

Recent initiatives across Africa have provided greater public access to historical artworks than ever before – but how might a renewed engagement with the art of the past be shaping the way that contemporary art is made and viewed? Panellists Jim Chuchu (artist, co-founder of the Nest Collective), Ibrahim Mahama (artist, founder of the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art), and Rakeb Sile (gallerist, Addis Fine Art) – three individuals selected for the Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa – join Apollo editorial assistant Samuel Reilly to explore the links between contemporary art-making and heritage in Africa. The event is introduced by Apollo web editor Gabrielle Schwarz. The Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa features 40 people below the age of 40 who were born, are based or have worked on the continent – and who are transforming the way that art is made and experienced, both in Africa and on the world stage. It is generously supported by Strauss & Co, South Africa’s leading fine art auction house.