Revue Noire 15

  • Magazine
  • Photo


Visual arts portfolios



Talks - Memories



Short photographic anthology in Africa



Editors Jean Loup Pivin

104 pages 33x23cm

Publisher in December 1994

In French, English and Portuguese



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Light and Blood


In Bamako and in Maputo, the black and white rains of a musical score that remains to be composed are going to disturb the night. Night. We build houses and fabricate fantasy worlds in order to protect ourselves from the darknesses of the unconscious. Founding something is always a marvelous act, beliving that we have founded something is always presumptuous.


Light from a lamp or a light bulb frightens disgruntled spirits, and we struggle until exhaustion to stay awake, to preserve daytime in nighttimes. At night, smiles become whiter so that they can marry the moon. Daylight darkens our bodies, all while rendering them more visible.


The black is infinite, the white traces limits, the gray gives shadows. Entrails are always red. Blood provides the color. It’s often useless. Enclosing blackness in a box creates infinity. Letting light imprisons finitude. The box is magic and will stay so. Will it be possible for us to one day replace the roll of film and become a mere eye attentive to the inversion of reality ? War in peace. Brothers in blood as brothers in black and white.


Human beings will then reveal themselves to the blurry light of a laboratory perfumed with the scents of loved bodies.


by Jean Loup Pivin



Contents of RN 15 :


ART MOZAMBIQUE / Alberta Chissano, Malangatana, Titos, Zandamela, Francisco Maria Conde, Govane, Reinata Sadimba Passema, Souza, Rosa, Fernandes, Habulen, Naguib, Ndlozy, Shikhani, Samate, Gumatsy, Cossa

PHOTO MOZAMBIQUE / Assubuji, Sergio Santimano, AIM, Naita Ussene, José Cabral, Alfredo Paco, ICS, Kok Nam


PHOTO AFRICA /  Doudou Diop, Adrien Tuo, Mama Casset, Meïssa Gaye, Seydou Keita, Syli Photo, Rotimi Fani Kayode, Alex Hirst, Elise Fite Duval, Rémy Gastambide, Rashid Lombard, Papillon, Touhami Ennadre, Malick Sidibé, AMAP, Agence malienne, Mody Sory Diallo, Samuel Fosso, Cornélius Augustt Yao Azaglo, Ricardo Rangel, Ale Junior, Musée Photo de Saint Louis, Roger Halbwachs, Yves Pitchen, Pierrot Men, Bouna Medoune Seye, Dorris Haron Kasco, John Liebenberg, Santu Mofokeng, Ingrid Hudson, Maria Gethrud Namundjebo, Moctar Kane, Mohamed Dib


ART / Mohamed Kacimi, Mario Benjamin, Willie Bester, Santiago Rodriguez Olazabal, Frantz Lamothe, Bruno Pédurand
LITERATURE / Gomes Da Silva, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, Mia Couto, Suleiman Cassamo, José Craverinha, Eduardo White, Filimon Megos
THEATRE / Francophonies de Limoges
CINEMA / Denis, Black Movies Genève, Festival Amiens
MUSIC / Touré, Jazz Mic Mac, Wach'Da
TALKS MEMORY / Simon Njami
BOOKS / Waberi, Williams Sassine, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Jean Yves Loude
ART NEWS / La Route des esclaves, Ouaga'Art, Clément Marie Biazin, Mickaël Bethe Sélassié, William Sagna, Stephen Kasumba, Dogon, Ndebele, Moustapha Dimé, El Hadj Sy, Hélénon, Rencontres photo de Bamako, Ass M'Bengue



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