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“African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!”

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Since the Angola-Golden-Lion-Sensation in Venice we have been approached a lot of times by journalists with that one question:

“So. . . is contemporary African art the next big thing? Can we even call it a HYPE?”

The media’s huge interest in the new “Boom” led us to the idea of, instead of answering that question ourselves, forwarding it to artists, curators, directors, or advisors to ask for their personal opinion on what they think of it:

gawlab's insight:

“So. . . is contemporary African art the next big thing? Can we even call it a HYPE?” 

Our favorite answer from N'Goné Fall, curator and  art critic:

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More than twenty years after the time when the West was stating with no shame that there was no contemporary art in Africa, more than twenty years after a long series of blockbuster exhibitions mostly selling the continent as an exotic brand, twenty years after the birth of landmark magazines such as Third text (London), Revue Noire (Paris) and NKA (New York), it seems that the world has little evolved. As if nothing has been done to knock down all the preconceptions and clichés shadowing the critical discourse produced by African artists, curators, critics, historians and researchers. Contemporary art from Africa had its ‘moment of glory’ in the 1990s. At the turn of the millennium, it was widely accepted and acknowledged that artistic production from Africa was not “authentic”, “traditional” and “nice looking”. It is the voice, the guts and the soul of people who have something to offer theoretically, conceptually, and aesthetically. It is a critical look at all the societies around the world by a group of intellectuals and artists who just happen to be from Africa.

Africa is the “hype”? So sweet. After all, not so long ago they would call it the Dark Continent. I guess we should be grateful to be in the light now, in case somebody did not notice that it has already been the case for a long time…"

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The Africa Issue – Contemporary And

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"Several European Magazines have in recent years devoted entire issues to Africa. Whose continent do they portray, wonders Sean O'Toole

This is how it usually goes. An e-mail arrives from some curator’s assistant or editorial intern informing you that Europe is interested in featuring Africa – in their magazine, on their museum wall, somewhere important. Oh yeah, you reply, if they want geography they can buy a spade and go dig for sand themselves. No, they reply, flustered, they want people, names, e-mail addresses, jpegs, contacts. For mahala (Zulu: free), because Africa is open source, has always been. After a couple of these familiar shakedowns, you get clever. You start doing what Lester Bangs did..."

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Sean O’Toole is a writer and co-editor of CityScapes, a critical journal for urban enquiry. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Africa Issue – Contemporary And

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Several European Magazines have in recent years devoted entire issues to Africa. Whose continent do they portray, wonders Sean O'Toole
by Sean O’Toole

 

Traduction en français : http://www.contemporaryand.com/fr/magazines/the-africa-issue/

gawlab's insight:

One of the best analyzes I have ever read on the magazines covers about Africa and Contemporary Art.

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