Chimurenga Library Cape ’09

Chimurenga Library

An introspective of Chimurenga Magazine

May 2 – June 21

Central Library, Drill Hall, c/o Darling and Parade Street, Cape Town

The Chimurenga Library is an online archive of pan African, independent periodicals. It is also the exhibition concept devised by the editors of Chimurenga for Cape Africa Platform 2009.


Presented in and around the newly launched Cape Town Central Library from May 2 – June 21, the project embodies the proposition evoked by the title by “finding oneself,” as Moses Molelekwa put it, on the shelves of the Central Library; or quietly encroaching upon its classification system; or proposing a navigation system, clearly subjective and affective, for content found both in Chimurenga and the collection of the Central Library.

The project includes a multimedia investigation into independent pan African periodicals from around the world; “Why Must A Black Writer Write About Sex,” an exhibition of sex scenes from African literature that contest cliched inscriptions of literature and sexuality; and reading routes and sound posts that re-imagine the Library as a laboratory for extended curiosity, new adventures, critical thinking, daydreaming, socio-political involvement, partying and random perusal.

In addition, weekly Chimurenga Sessions will take place inside the Library. Dissolving the boundaries between text, sound, city, culture, and media, the Chimurenga Sessions will feature music and poetry performances, dialogues, screenings, and more.

The Chimurenga Library also traverses the division between the street and the Library with Chimurenganyana a series of solos excerpted from Chimurenga that will be distributed on the streets of Cape Town.