The Chronic: New Cartographies
March 2015


We understand the role of cartography as a tool of imperialism. However, in this edition of the Chronic, we ask: what if maps were made by Africans for their own use, to understand and make visible their own realities or imaginaries? How does it shift the perception we have of ourselves and how we make life on this continent? We don’t have an easy answer, nor will we find one alone. Together with Kwani? we’ve invited writers and artists to produce this new language, in words and images.

This edition is produced in Cape Town, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Luanda, Abidjan, Barbados, Mombasa, Katanga, Kampala, Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam, Malabo, Tripoli, and Slemani and distributed globally. Contributors include Achille Mbembe, Philippe RekacewiczBilly Kahora, Chris Abani, Yvonne Owuor, Yemisi Ogbe, Agri Ismail, Sinzo Aanza, Antonio Andrade Tomas, Stacy Hardy, Kiluanji Kia HendaFrancis Burger, Nolan DennisWendell Hassan Marsh, Stefano Harney and Tonika Sealy and others.