Convergence is a bi-annual magazine dedicated to the diffusion and promotion of the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. It aims to bring an informed and inclusive perspective on artists, objects, and practices related to these continents and histories.
The arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania have long been erased from the artistic canon and conflated under denigrating umbrellas. With Convergence, our goal is to break the history of amalgamation of these continents, peoples, and their heritage under reductive narratives to instead highlight artists, objects, and practices that are visually striking and conceptually innovative. Both unique and far-reaching, the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania challenge the traditional standards of the art world, encouraging us to redefine what “art” means, and to whom.
We believe that although focusing exclusively on certain continents, cultures, or time periods provides valuable in-depth knowledge, approaching these individually contributes to their balkanization. For this reason, we emphasize movement, exchange, dialogue, and openness within and between these regions, shedding light on diverse artistic traditions without confining them to narrow boxes.
In Convergence, individuals of various backgrounds are invited to share their perspective and experience on the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania—past, present, and emerging. We envision Convergence Magazine as a platform that amplifies voices, creates space for dialogue, and showcases the richness of multiple artistic practices.
As women of primarily White ancestry who grew up in Europe, we acknowledge our position of privilege as well as exteriority to the topics and traditions that we want Convergence to showcase. Being raised in a culture where colonialism is presented as a distant and vague memory to forget, we strive to challenge this narrative and instead to engage in sometimes difficult or uncomfortable conversations, to amplify voices which have long been muffled, and to spread knowledge and perspectives widely. Rather than simply to make amends or share our passion, Convergence is for us a way to put our skills and privilege to use, to hopefully contribute to change, in a process of reparation and reconstruction.