Tate: ‘Across the Board’ – modern and contemporary African art and related programme in Africa

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Otobong Nkanga
Social Consequences III: Engaged/Body Builder 2010
Courtesy of the Art

tate-head-logo_2Tate are currently running a two-year project on African Art and its representation, with new acquisitions of modern and contemporary African art and a related programme in Africa.

“The project invites local and international audiences to engage with artists, curators and scholars, exploring current cultural and artistic production in Africa, through a series of events. Presenting various narratives of art making and knowledge production, contributors will address questions around the status of contemporary African art as a field of cultural production.

Across the board will take place in London (United Kingdom), Accra (Ghana), Douala (Cameroon), and Lagos (Nigeria) and will raise questions on politics of representation, institution building, public space/public sphere, and interdisciplinary practices.”

The launch, Politics of representation (November 2012), included performances in The Tanks by Otobong Nkanga (b. 1974, Nigeria) and Nástio Mosquito (b. 1981, Angola). Further international events in the Across the board series include: Institutional building (Accra, February 2013 – dates and other venues to be confirmed); Public Space/ Public Sphere, (Douala, December 2013); and Interdisciplinary practices (Lagos, set for March 2014).

Acquisitions include William Kentridge’s I am not me, the horse is not mine (2008), recently  displayed in the Tanks (reviewed on AiW); further acquisitions are in process of major works by El Anatsui (born 1944, 
Ghana), Ibrahim El-Salahi (born 1930, Sudan), Samuel Fosso (born 1962, Cameroon), and David Goldblatt (born 1930, South Africa).

See http://www.tate.org.uk/about/press-office/press-releases/tate-and-africa and http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/eventseries/across-board

Thanks to Steph Newell for info and links.

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