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Sindika Dokolo, Congolese businessman and art collector, has died aged 48 – CNN

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Sindika Dokolo, the Congolese businessman and owner of one the world’s most important African art collections, has died aged 48.

According to a tweet posted to Dokolo’s verified Twitter account, he died on October 29 in Dubai. The post went on to say that his family had made the announcement with “the deepest sorrow and immense sadness” while thanking “all who have expressed their sympathy and kindness and who share our grief.”

Dokolo was born in 1972 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), then known as Zaire. The son of a notable art collector, he was raised in Belgium and France, and began collecting at the age of 15.

Over his lifetime, Dokolo amassed a sizable archive of contemporary art, which was widely reported to contain more than 3,000 works. He was known for championing African artists, with names like Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu and Aida Muluneh among those featured among in his collection.

In 2005, he founded the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, which promoted arts and organized cultural events including the Luanda Triennial in Angola’s capital, where he spent much of the past two decades.

Dokolo was also known as the husband of Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and Africa’s richest woman with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, according to Forbes.
At the time of his death, Dokolo and Dos Santos — whom he married in 2002 — were under investigation for money laundering and financial irregularities related to their business empire, which spanned oil, jewelry and telecoms. In December, a court in Luanda froze and seized some of their assets, along with those of a business associate, according to Angola’s state news agency.
An investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, known as the “Luanda Leaks,” alleged that Dos Santos and Dokolo had exploited family ties to the Angolan state to secure preferential deals and loans, which they managed through an opaque web of offshore holdings. The couple consistently denied wrongdoing, with Dos Santos describing the allegations as a “very concentrated, orchestrated and well-coordinated political attack.”

In the art world, Dokolo was renowned for helping African artists show their work at major Western venues and events, including the Venice Biennale. He was also vocal in calling for European museums to return artworks and other items that had been looted during the colonial era.

“Being African today means reading your own world through someone else’s eyes,” he told ArtNet News last year. “So this whole debate around restitution is a huge opportunity to address this issue and to work on it in a constructive way. We want to take away the veil that the colonial time has left on us.”
As news of Dokolo’s death broke, a number of high-profile Congolese figures took to social media to pay tribute. Singer and rapper Kaysha tweeted to say that he had “just lost a brother,” describing his late friend as “a beautiful soul.” John Nsana Kanyoni, an important figure in the country’s mining and commodities industries, meanwhile described Dokolo as “brilliant and generous,” calling his death “a big loss for the DRC.”

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Art Fx #29: The Wilderness Collection by Stephanie Aykroyd – Huntsville Doppler

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Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.

The Wilderness Collection is a series of original oil landscapes on canvas by Stephanie Aykroyd.

“In a remote region of Ontario, Canada, is a land filled with old-growth pine, smooth granite outcrops, and clear waters. Like most wilderness areas, it is ancient and sacred,” writes Stephanie of her inspiration for this series. “The ancestors of this land left carvings in the rock, barely visible now, but their presence is strong. They travelled this land that you’re camping on and paddling through. Perhaps they sat on the same rock overlooking this lake…

“The storm has just passed and everything feels deeply still and peaceful.

“You can smell the pine and damp earth as you watch the mist drift across the far hills and light break through the clouds. A loon calls in the distance, and you smile, knowing that you belong.”

 “Limitless” (left) and “In the Quietest Moments” are original oil paintings in Stephanie Aykroyd’s The Wilderness Collection

About the artist

I live with my love Alex, on 27 acres north of Toronto, Ontario in a beautiful part of the Canadian Shield.

Stephanie Aykroyd (Danielle Taylor Photography)

I’m happiest in my studio or outside with my hands in the garden, searching for rocks, making pigments, portaging a canoe, or paddling the remote wilderness.

Over the years I always managed to paint, but it wasn’t a regular practice. I held back from making it my career and it was usually the first thing to be shelved when life got overwhelming. Far too often I focused on others at the expense of my own creative expression. However…

I’ve always dreamed of doing my art full-time and I’m a firm believer that when we set clear intentions & do the work, amazing things unfold!

By 2020, the need to create art became too strong and too important to ignore. Why keep putting off the very thing that feeds my soul?? This is the best decision I could have made and I haven’t looked back since!

Stephanie’s work is available for purchase at stephanieaykroyd.com.

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Oak Bay sets aside $27,000 for Indigenous art at muncipal hall – Saanich News

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Oak Bay’s newly renovated chambers will feature a new piece of public art commissioned from an Indigenous artist.

The district allocated one per cent of the budget for the hall renovation, $7,000 to public art. Combined with the annual public art allocation, the district has $27,000 to spend on a work for municipal hall.

The move to work with a local artist, specifically from the Lekwungen speaking people on whose land Oak Bay sits, was unanimous among council members.

“This is a rare opportunity to have the resources to do that and as the renovated municipal hall reopens, have that be one of the centrepieces,” Coun. Andrew Appleton said during council discussions July 12.

Still in the earliest of stages, conversation surrounded the how of the project.

Oak Bay is between arts laureates, but liaison Coun. Hazel Braithwaite said the public arts committee is taking on that leadership role.

READ ALSO: Oak Bay artist leaves land to Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Coun. Tara Ney lamented the district’s lack of policy or set protocol for engaging in such initiatives.

She voiced a need to create pathways for engaging so it’s not done piecemeal, and instead with confidence and in culturally appropriate way.

Mayor Kevin Murdoch, who is routinely in conversation with local First Nations leadership, said the district is doing well in the absence of policy, always seeking guidance and building relationships in small ways.

Council agreed working toward something more formal is something they could pursue.

“This does require more formality and we need to start to establish those connections so we’re consistent and so we’re completely aware and sensitive to their needs,” Coun. Cairine Green said.

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READ ALSO: Greater Victoria residents invited to blessing of Indigenous mural celebrating solidarity

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