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Art Connection Africa is a collaboration between KfW Stiftung and Triangle Network to foster visual art exchanges, capacity building and informal learning activities within Sub-Saharan Africa.

In September 2019, Art Connection Africa began with two 3-month residencies hosted by Bag Factory, in Johannesburg. The selected participants were: artist Elizabeth Kobusinge Karamagi (Uganda) and curator Fadzai V. Muchemwa (Zimbabwe).

In 2020, artist Gina Maxim (Zimbabwe) undertook a fully-funded residency at Bag Factory.

In 2021, the two selected participants undertaking a fully-funded 3-month residency at Bag Factory are: artist Thebe Phetogo (Botswana) and curator Tila Likunzi (Angola).


The Bag Factory is an independent Non-Profit Organisation that provides a community and studio space for practicing visual artists. With a focus on exchange of ideas and innovation, Bag Factory hosts resident artists’ studios and develops a programme of international residencies, exhibitions, specialist skills workshops and audience outreach activities and events. The Bag Factory has been supporting and promoting the visual arts in South Africa since 1991. It is affiliated with the Triangle Network.

KfW Stiftung is an independent non-profit foundation which focuses on intercultural dialogue in the global context. The foundation creates platforms for international contemporary arts in order to strengthen creativity, freedom of expression and discursive capacity; thereby promoting cultural diversity. KfW Stiftung develops local projects as well as international programmes with cultural producers in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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