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Where Art Thou? Distance and Visibility in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Where Art Thou? Distance and Visibility in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Art in its many incarnations is a cultural ‘product’, whether hung on the walls of a museum, a private home or left in the atelier of its maker. From the moment it takes shape…

Separate But Equal, Negotiating Art Market Demand & Discourse

Separate But Equal, Negotiating Art Market Demand & Discourse

In 2010, Giles Peppiatt, director of African art at British auction house Bonhams made a revelatory assertion on the art market. “Look at the other markets — no one buys a van Gogh…

To Be or Not to Be [ African] Is That Even The Question, Identity in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

To Be or Not to Be [African] Is That Even The Question, Identity in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Benjamin Disraeli once said that “news is that which collides from the North, East, West, and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class…

In Focus | Art & Commerce

In Focus | Art & Commerce

In July 2012, I met 1:54 founder Touria El Glaoui where she first spoke about her efforts to launch the upcoming London art fair focused on contemporary art from Africa. The fair was…

The Walther Collection

The Walther Collection

On November 10, 2012, The Walther Collection collaborated with NYU’s Department of Photography and Imaging and the University College London, for a symposium on ‘Alternative Ways to Describe Historic and Contemporary African Photography.’…

Expanding the African Photographic Archive

What Can These Photographs Tell Us?

Photography from and about Africa is gaining interest and scholarship judging from the turn out at the one day symposium Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, held this past November, 2012…

Featured | Graeme Williams | Objects of Reminiscence

Featured | Graeme Williams

Objects of Reminiscence “I think I started taking these photographs as a way of coming to terms with the harsh realisation that much of Africa’s natural beauty has been eliminated as the need…

Seydou Keita

Dapper Dandies of Bamako

Several weeks back, randomly walking by this rare book seller in New York an image that I recall seeing before caught my eye. Stepping in, I asked to view the book that lay…

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