A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad

Sep 20, 2003 - Jan 3, 2004

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A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003.  Installation view of Washington Boulevard.

 

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003.  Installation view of Washington Boulevard.

A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003.  Installation view of Washington Boulevard.  A Fiction of Authenticity, 2003.  Installation view of Washington Boulevard.

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A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad brings together an important generation of artists working in a variety of mediums - sculpture, painting, photography, installation, video and performance - exploring issues of authenticity. Artists creating new work for the exhibition are Siemon Allen (South Africa/Washington DC), Fatma Charfi (Tunisia/Bern, Switzerland), Godfried Donkor (Ghana/London), Mary Evans (Nigeria/London), Meschac Gaba (Benin/Amsterdam), Kendell Geers (South Africa/Brussels), Moshekwa Langa (South Africa/Amsterdam) Ingrid Mwangi (Kenya/Ludwigshafen, Germany), Odili Donald Odita (Nigeria/Tampa, Florida), Owusu-Ankomah (Ghana/Lilienthal, Germany) and Zineb Sedira (Algeria/London).

All artists, born either near the end of colonialism or shortly after (with the exception of South Africa) are making new work in response to the thematic, a fiction of authenticity. As products of the 1960s and 70s, this important generation of artists challenge the Western invented notion of an authentic Africa. Rooted in exile, diaspora and interculturalism, each artist is creating a new body of work that transcends past limitations of geography, culture, race, ethnicity and nationhood. This exhibition considers their conceptual art practices, international perspectives and recent entrance into the global area that has created a shift in the way we consider post-modern/post-colonial art production.

A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad is co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, curator, the Contemporary and Tumelo Mosaka, assistant curator, Brooklyn Museum of Art and will travel to venues in the United States to be announced soon.

 

 

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A Fiction of Authenticity has received support from The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Consulate General of the Netherlands of New York, the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, the Monsanto Fund, Emerson, Missouri Arts Council, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro.