Where is Africa / editors, Emanuel Admassu, Anita N. Bateman.

  • New York, NY : Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA), 2024-
  • ©2024-
volumes : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm


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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Vol. 1. Introduction
  • A note about process
  • Foreword / Mabel O. Wilson
  • Outpost cafe, Brooklyn, November 4, 2017 / Salome Asega
  • Center for the study of slavery and justice, Providence, April 27, 2018 / Anthony Bogues
  • RISD Global, Providence, April 18, 2018 / Jay Simple
  • Chauhaus (Harvard GSD), Cambridge, October 19, 2017 / Tau Tavengwa
  • Pan-African Multiport / Olalekan Jeyifous
  • Whatsapp, Johannesburg, January 18, 2018 / Mpho Matsipa
  • The artist's studio, Stamford, November 13, 2017 / Eric Gottesman
  • Nafasi Art Space, Dar Es Salaam, January 28, 2019 / Rebecca Corey
  • How Black is Africa / Amanda Williams
  • Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa, January 23, 2019 / Robel Temesgen
  • Darch, Dar Es Salaam, January 29, 2019 / Aida Mulokozi
  • Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa, January 23, 2019 / Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul
  • Other, Others / Germane Barnes
  • New York Public Library (Main Branch), New York City, July 27, 2018 / Niama Safia Sandy and Adama Delphine Fawundu
  • The Artist's apartment, Dar Es Salaam, January 31, 2019 / Valerie Amani
  • KMT / Mikael Awake
  • Soma Book Cafe, Dar Es Salaam, January 31, 2019 / Rehema Chachage
  • Zoma Museum, Addis Ababa, January 21, 2019 / Meskerem Assegued and Elias Sime
  • Black holes ain't so black (draft script) / Mario Gooden
  • Epilogue / Emanuel Admassu and Anita N. Bateman
  • Gratitude, Contributors.
  • 9781954939011 ((softcover, v.1))
  • 1954939019 ((softcover, v.1))
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