Africa State of Mind
14 Dec 19–1 Mar 20
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Africa State of Mind is an art exhibition exploring the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent.
Artists from 10 different countries interrogate ideas of ‘Africanness’ through highly subjective renderings of life and identity on the continent, revealing Africa to be a state of mind as much as a physical location.
This exhibition documents the modern African city in all its dynamism and contradiction. The fluidity of gender and sexual identity is addressed through compelling portraiture, and the legacy of history, from slavery and colonialism to apartheid, becomes the source of new myths and dreamscapes.
Africa State of Mind takes place at a time in which popular Western views of the continent still remain limited. Ethnographic-style imagery of the colonial period once presented Africans as the primitive people of a dark place. Today, contemporary news reports often still portray the continent as a place of chaos, corruption and disease. An ‘Africa rising’ narrative celebrates the growth of a new technology sector and an aspirational middle class, while glossing over the inequalities of income that still hinder social opportunity.
By contrast, Africa State of Mind features photography that seeks to address the complexity of what it means, and how it feels, to live in Africa today.
Exhibited artists: Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Sammy Baloji, Raphael Barontini, Neil Beloufa, Girma Berta, Eric Gyamfi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Lebohang Kganye, Namsa Leuba, Michael MacGarry, Sabelo Mlangeni, Musa N Nxumalo, Ruth Ossai, Athi-Patra Ruga, Michael Tsegaye
A touring exhibition from New Art Exchange, Nottingham curated by Ekow Eshun. Africa State of Mind is a project strand of NAE’s three year programme, Africa/UK – Transforming Art Ecologies, which has been supported by Arts Council, England’s, Ambitions for Excellence funds.
Image Credit: Athi-Patra Ruga, Night of the Long Knives I, 2013, Archival Ink-jet Print on Photorag Baryta, 150 x 190 cm, Photographer Hayden Phipps
This ticket may be redeemed any day that we are open within the exhibition dates (14 Dec 19–1 Mar 20).
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