São Paulo, Brazil
Mahfouz Ag Adnane, a Tuareg historian based in São Paulo and researcher at the Amanar Center – Casa das Áfricas, speaks during the event "Africa in Us" organized by the center in 2016. Photo: Publicity
Art, information and activism join forces in this São Paulo collective comprised of Brazilian and African researchers. With a focus on research, training and the promotion of cultural and artistic activities related to the African continent, the group conducts a number of events at its headquarters, located in the Butantã neighborhood, as well as in partnership with other spaces, such as the Mário de Andrade Library or the Acervo da Memória e do Viver Afro-brasileiro.
Initiatives include on-going programs, such as a lecture series by Tuareg historian Mahfouz Ag Adnane, based in São Paulo, about Timbuktu, a city founded in the fifth century and located in what is now Mali, a site of rich artistic production in the Sahara desert region. Or, one-off gatherings, such as “Contemporary Dogon Landscapes: sculpture, music and narratives”, which included an exhibition, film screening, round-table discussion and musical performance.
The center also allows researchers or anyone else who is interested to access the collection of the Yao Komué Library, with six thousand titles, a catalog of 50 films and an image bank with about 1200 photographs on Africa.