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Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba

The rich landscape of the arts still remains largely in the shadows.

Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba breathe new life into the world of contemporary art: based in Berlin, they design exhibitions and founded the magazine Contemporary And, a demanding print and digital publication whose aim is to “connect cultures”.

Updated on 09/08/2019

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Julia Grosse is an art historian, writer and journalist for international publications. She taught at the University of Leuphana in Lüneburg and UdK (Universität der Künste) in Berlin. Her latest book Ein Leben lang – which can be translated as "For a lifetime" - tells the story of her grandparents, who were married for 70 years.

Yvette Mutumba is a journalist, professor and curator: she has been part of the curatorial team of the tenth Berlin Biennial in Germany, lauded for shining a light on the African scene. She has taught in Germany in Cologne and at the University of Arts in Berlin.

Together, Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba founded the art magazine Contemporary And (C&) in 2014 at the first Biennial in Dakar.

The idea of Contemporary And (C&) magazine is to present, through interviews and researched articles, news and international dissemination of contemporary art in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba are hosting meetings with artists from Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and Angola, covering exhibitions in Togo, Morocco and Senegal, and major international artistic events, such as the Venice Biennial.

Together, they justly lay claim to a global vision of current artistic practices, defying the idea of art being reserved solely for a privileged western and white environment.

Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba focus on international themes, long ignored by the artistic press. In June 2015, they devoted their third issue to a "Migration focus", which was filled with interviews with academics, curators and artists such as the Gambian photographer Muhammed Lamin Jadama and the French cartographer Philippe Rekacewicz. In December 2017, the eighth issue shed light on the working conditions of non-Western artists today, particularly in Cameroon and Brazil. At the same time, the duo covered the African photography encounters of Bamako in Mali, the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, and the artistic scene of Nairobi in Kenya.

  • 2013

    2013

    Julia Grosse starts writing for many publications in London, UK. At the same time, Yvette Mutumba curates exhibitions at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • 2014

    2014

    At the Dakar Biennial, Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba create Contemporary And magazine.

  • 2018

    2018

    Yvette Mutumba is part of the curatorial team of the tenth Berlin Biennial; Contemporary And dedicates an edition to it, with a focus on the concept of identity.

  • 2019

    2019

    Contemporary And announces the launch of its limited editions of artist monographs with Tanzanian Canadian Kapwani Kiwanga as its first guest.

L'Institut français and Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba

Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba are the "visual arts and creative writing" sectoral experts for the Africa2020 Season. They support the General Commission of Africa2020 in order to put African professionals in contact with French institutions that are partners to the Africa2020 Season.

Find out more about the Africa2020 Season.

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