Through a collage of poems, essays, fiction, conversations, and visual art, Imagine Africa: Volume Three brings together some of the most essential writers, artists, and thinkers of contemporary Africa. Including powerful photographs in color by Zanele Muholi, stills from the films of Jean-Pierre Bekolo, and works of fiction and poetry from nine languages, Imagine Africa: Volume Three offers a glimpse into a kaleidoscopic and vibrant continent. The series is published by Island Position, the literary imprint of the Pirogue Collective – the cultural expression of Senegal’s Gorée Institute, which aims to celebrate the diverse voices and imaginations of the continent of Africa and its diaspora. The collective encourages vital dialogue between writers and visual artists from across Africa with those from other parts of the world.
Spanning across numerous languages, traditions, and media, Imagine Africa: Volume Three brings together some of the most essential voices and visions of Africa today.
• Hassan Hajjaj • Reesom Haile • Chika Unigwe • Isaac O. Delano • Kerry Bystrom • Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa • Breyten Breytenbach • Hassan Ghedi Santur • Alfred Schaffer • Sanmao • Tarek Eltayeb • Diekoye Oyeyinka • Jean-Pierre Bekolo • Kenneth Harrow
• Nicole Ball • David Ball • Charles Cantalupo • Akin Adesokan • David Brookshaw • Kai Krienke • Sara C. Hanaburgh • Michelle Hutchinson • Mike Fu • Kareem James Abu-Zeid • Bhakti Shringarpure • Abdourahmane Waberi • Zanele Muholi • Jean Senac • Emmanuel Dongala
“The anthology sings with gorgeous visual imagery [and] rings with cries for freedom… Mention must also be made of the brightness of the translations; how their precision highlights and uplifts the poet’s vision… The choice to display translations side by side with the original work subverts the expectations of the English-speaking reader, who is so often unused to seeing other languages displayed equally alongside English. This is a truly international book. A stunning collaborative work, which is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in Africa, art, politics, or humans.” – Zozi, Cadaverine Magazine (for Imagine Africa: Volume Two)
“The Imagine Africa books are brilliant compilations of essays, poems, short stories, and photography.” – Brooks Goddard, Boston University
“Muholi’s work is politically potent, capable of communicating on multiple frequencies simultaneously, confronting the audience’s preconceived notions of gender binaries, class, sexuality and race.” – Jenna Wortham, The New York Times Magazine