Interior from the exhibition. Photography.

Ongoing Africa

With the headline Ongoing Africa, the Museum of Ethnography organizes workshops, lectures, exhibitions and artistic expressions around our African collections. In close collaboration with audiences, users, researchers and artists we explore what this heritance of culture means and how it can be applied today.

Ongoing Africa is an exploring- and method developing dialogue project aimed to enhance new perspectives on the African continent with and by Swedes of African origin. 

In Ongoing Africa, we create an exhibition space/dialogue area for various temporary exhibitions, activities and events – we intend to try and test different ways to activate our collections and create interesting meetings with our audience. 

Black Thread


In Ongoing Africa a small part of the National Museums of World Culture's fashion and textile exhibition, which was shown at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg 2021-2021.

Here classic textiles from the collections are shown that are associated with films about contemporary black fashion designers. Meet haute couture designer Imane Ayissi in conversation with Amah Ayivi from the creative collective Marché Noir. In their creation, they follow the thread back to West Africa's weavers, tailors, markets, colors, materials and cuts - beyond the image of printed fabrics as typically African.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Museums of World Culture project Ongoing Africa and Marché Noir, Art Comes First, Imane Ayissi, Just Africa, and the French Institute in Sweden. The exhibition is on display until further notice. 

Mazahr Makatemele

Mazahr Makatemele

The first black woman in Kalmar was named Mazahr or Sara Makatemele (1846-1903). She arrived in town in 1862 as a young woman together with a businessman, Alarik Forssman. Mazhar lived the rest of her life in Kalmar and worked in the Missionary movement. After her death the song Däruppe Ingen Död was written. It is often called Little Black Sara which is about Mazarh’s life from the Swedish missionary's perspective. In this exhibition you can see her story. (Slideshow by Rafaela Stålbalk Klose, 8 mins)