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Library is Open – “Where is Africa”

Emanuel Admassu and Anita N. Bateman will present their publication Where Is Africa (Center for Art Research and Alliances, 2024) in conversation with contributor Adama Delphine Fawundu and with a response by Drew Thompson

Please click HERE for additional programming celebrating the release of the book by CARA from February 9-11.

Edited with text by Emanuel Admassu and Anita N. Bateman, with a foreword by Mabel O. Wilson, and designed by NMutiti StudioWhere Is Africa is a multidisciplinary illustrated reader.

In 2017, curator and art historian Anita N. Bateman and architect and professor Emanuel Admassu initiated research on the traditional positioning and mispositioning of the arts across the African continent.

Where Is Africa has been an extended set of exchanges with contemporary artists, curators, designers and academics who are actively engaged in representing the continent—both within and outside its geographic boundaries. By examining artist collectives, new currents in art history and the rise of contemporary art festivals in and about Africa from the past 10 years, the project unpacks the imperialist foundations of cultural institutions and their anthropological fascination with African objects, people and places.

The interviews in Where Is Africa examine African and African-diasporic identities and spaces through questions of positionality in relation to specific disciplinary, cultural and political contexts. The texts address Afro-diasporic aesthetic practices and the curatorial, museological and artistic matrices that confront epistemologies of dominance and exclusion. The commissioned essays and images offer concise methodologies that expand or complicate issues addressed by the interviewees.

Where Is Africa is a conceptual project that accompanies a conceptual place, driven by the desire to dislodge Africa from categorical fixity and the representational logics of nation-states. Africa can never be fully enclosed by the residue of colonial violence or the totalitarian gaze of neoliberalism; instead, it creates infinite malleability, where place and concept are untethered from each other.

Where Is Africa contributors include: Mikael AwakeSalome AsegaTau TavengwaAnthony BoguesJay SimpleEric GottesmanRebecca CoreyAida MulkoziRakeb SileMesai HaileleulMpho MatsipaNiama Safia SandyAdama Delphine FawunduRehema ChachageRobel TemesgenValerie AmaniMeskerem AsseguedElias SimeOlalekan JeyifousAmanda WilliamsGermane BarnesMabel O. Wilson, and Mario Gooden

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Feb 08 2024


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