Art13
Connections and disruptions: African contemporary expressive culture in the global context

Convenors:
Amarildo Ajasse (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice)
Stream:
Arts and Culture
Location:
Chrystal McMillan, Seminar Room 1
Session slots:
2
Wednesday 12 June, 8:45 - 10:30
Wednesday 12 June, 10:45 - 12:30

Short abstract:

The main goal of the proposed panel is to bring together researchers working in the field of African contemporary expressive culture and the papers included on it will explore the connections and dis-ruptions on its several dimensions both in the local and international art contexts.

Long abstract:

Since the 90's, African contemporary expressive culture has gained increased recognition in the glob-al context as a result of greater visibility and connections with the international art scene. The most relevant impact of this trend has been the opening up of related fields, such as African cin-ema, fashion, design, digital media and visual arts, etc. For example, recent African visual art practi-tioners have gained visibility through their representation and participation in the most important inter-national art shows such as the Venice art biennale and documenta Kassel. Nevertheless, in the academic context, African expressive culture is predominantly studied through its traditional forms, the so called "authentic" practices. Therefore, one of the main goals of the proposed panel is to bring together researchers working in the field of African contemporary expressive culture and arts to explore its several dimensions both in the local and international global art contexts broadly focussing on issues of identity, history and legacy of colonialism, the global artworld and new trends in art collections, research and curatorial practies. More specifically, papers included on the panel will explore questions such as: how are African prac-titioners received in local and international art scene? How do practitioners manage to navigate through the need to be located between the local and global artworlds? How are contemporary practic-es connected to the ongoing challenges present in local contexts? How are practitioners managing to go beyond traditional practices as international artists?