What Semaphore is

Semaphore is a virtual gallery that pops up in various exhibition spaces throughout Switzerland.


What we want to achieve

Africa is home to people of many identities. The mission of Semaphore is to offer talented artists from this vast continent the opportunity to exhibit art that uses hybrid forms of expression, establishes cross-cultural conversations, has a distinctive personal character or engages in socio-political commentary.


What is in our name

The word 'semaphore' is a combination of two Ancient Greek words and literally means 'bearer of a sign' or 'bearer of meaning'. A semaphore is a beacon or a signal. 'Sema' means 'stood' in Zulu and 'speak' in Swahili.