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49th Venice Biennale
10 June - 4 November 2001

Venice / 2001

Authentic / Ex-centric:
Africa in and out of Africa
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Curators: Salah Hassan and Olu Oguibe
Associated curator: Emma Bedford

Venue: Palazzo Fondazione Levi
San Marco, 2893, 30124 Venice

The exhibition focuses on contemporary African art practice, in conceptual mode, featuring works that refer to issues of representation, memory, Diaspora, exile and other aspects of the African experience.

The title of the exhibition implies a discussion of the demand for »authenticity« and the exotic, which, outside of Africa itself, have determined certain criteria for the acknowledgment and validation of African art. The exhibition emphasizes the reciprocal traffic of ideas and influences between Africa and other parts of the world. The project offers a glimpse into the ways in which African artists have interpreted and translated the aesthetic and social experiences of both historical and post-colonial Africa as part of a global sensibility.

(From the press material)

Authentic / Ex-centric
Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art
Editors: Salah M. Hassan y Olu Oguibe.

With contributions by: Siemon Allen, Sally Berger, Annie E. Coombes, Rory Doepel, Okwui Enwezor, Christian Viverous-Fauné, Maryline Lostia, Gilane Tawadros.
A publication of the Forum for African Arts.
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