Thursday 14 January 2021

African Art - 1

Ubuntu, African Art 

at the National Museum of Contemporay Art (EMST) in Athens.

An exhibition of contemporary African art which embodies a reflection of the political, historical and cultural pluralism that characterises post-colonial Africa. The South African expression Ubuntu is a bout a collective humanity: 'I am because we are'.

The exhibition spanned five rooms in the museum.

Yinka Shonibare, Winged Victory of Samothrace, 2017

Kemang Wa Lehulere, 2018, (chalk and carved drawing on painted plaster board and plywood, mounted on iron)

Kemang Wa Lehulere, Back to the Wall, 2018,  (reconfigured wood from salvaged schooldesks, 42 glass bottles with cork tops, sand, paper, ribbon 2 resin hands)

Mohau Moddisakeng, Passage, 2017, (inkjet print on epson hot press natural) 

Kader Attia, Untitled, 2017, (ancient Dogo wooden mask, rosary beads, black paper and metal base)

Sanford Biggers, For Alesa, 2016, (bronze)

Sanford Biggers, Us and Them, 1970, (antique quilt, assorted textiles, tar, spray paint, acrylic, glitter)

Tschabalalala Self, Skirt, 2019, (fabric, painted canvas and acrylic on canvas)

Zanele Murholi, Phila I, Parktown, 2016, (silver gelatin print)

Hank Willis Thomas, Only God Can Defeat Us, 2017, (mixed media, sport jerseys)

Mary Evans, Mirror Image, No. 3, (Brown), 2012, (cut and paste paper)

Mary Evans, Mirror Image, No. 2, (Brown), 2012, (cut and paste paper)

Rashid Johnson, Untitled Mask Collage, 2017, (vinyl, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap on panel with walnut lattice frame)

Ifeoma Anaeji, Umu Ada (The Children of the First Daughter, 2016, (mixed media)

Kari Newkirk, Solon 6:46, 2000, (plastic pony beads, artificial hair, metal)

Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel, 2005, (photogragure, watercolour, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals)

Ellen Gallagher, Morphia, 1965, (ink, pencil, gesso, egg tempera, polymer medium, varnish and cut paper on paper)

Laura Halsey, That Fuss Wus Us, 2018, (mixed media, white cement, carpet, foam and wood)

looking in the cubby holes

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