Africas: the artist and the city
May 30 to September 11, 2001
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.
C/ Montalegre, 5
08001 Barcelona

»Africas: the artist and the city« takes a look through the eyes of contemporary African artists at the changing and, at times, hostile reality of this continent's major metropolises; a review of its artistic vitality, which appears to be a struggle between traditional cultural forms and a host of new concerns stemming from the conflicts that the rapid process of urban development has brought to Africa.

The selection of almost 200 works includes painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, video, installations - with particular emphasis on photography (both creative and documentary), in view of its importance on the African art scene.

»Africas« focuses on some of the continent's principal metropolises: Dakar, Abidjan, Lagos, Harare, Johannesburg and Cape Town, and on African presence in Paris and London.

Africas: the artist and the city

Curator: Pep Subirós

Artists: El Anatsui, Godfried Donkor, Berry Bickle, Viyé Diba, Amadou Kan-Si, Ousmane Dago Ndiaye, Anapa, Ananias Leki, Patrice Felix Tchicaya, Dilomprizulike, Akinbode Akinbiyi, David Brazier / Luis Basto / Calvin Dondo, Sokari Douglas Camp, Eileen Porrier, Penny Siopis, Santu Mofokeng, Willie Bester, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Jane Alexander, Moshekwa Langa, Bodys I. Kingelez and Samuel Fosso.

Africas: the artist and the city
A journey and exhibition

The exhibition's catalogue has two complementary yet clearly differentiated parts. The first part is formed by the literary and photographic narrative of the journeys, experiences and personal reflections on which this exhibition is based.

The second part includes brief introductions to the artists participating in the exhibition and reproductions of all the works shown, with articles by Simon Njami, Yacouba Konaté, Akinbode Akinbiyi and Amadou Kan-Si.
Ousmane Dago Ndiaye

218 pages
252 images
in b/w and color

ISBN 84-7794-781-3

Barcelona Art Report - 2001
© Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder, 2001

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