Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent
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Africa - what comes to mind when envisaging this vast continent? Africa is marked by diversity - the beauty and majesty of its deserts, savannahs and tropical rainforests as well as by the soaring high-rises of its cities. This continent, 80 times the area of Japan, is a collection of countries with a multiplicity of traditions, cultures, peoples, religions and languages. Its allure is in direct proportion to its vastness.
Africa Remix provides an introduction to the surprisingly little known cultural richness of Africa today. It is an exhibition of around 140 works by 84 artists from 25 countries spanning the length and breadth of the continent as well as a series of supporting programs - talks, film, music, even food. African contemporary art has never been shown on such a large scale before and the exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, installation, photography, video, music and furniture design. Visitors will encounter the creative energy of today's African art as well as the power of expression that runs through life there.
“Remix” is a musical term that means creating new music by putting together original sound sources in a different way. The individual works in this exhibition move away from previous stereotypes by playing and resonating in a remix that conveys the contemporary African situation in a dynamic and compelling rhythm - one that we hope will capture your heart and mind.
This exhibition of contemporary African art can be your first step in getting to know more about Africa. Imagine that you are crossing the African continent and expand your world of imagination and experience by visiting Africa Remix.
This exhibition has already been shown at the museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, the Hayward Gallery, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, all of which collaborated with the Mori Art Museum for its organization. (Chief Curator: Simon Njami)
(Photo: Samuel Fosso "Series Tati (Self-portrait 2) : The chief who sold Africa to the colonists" 1997; Type C-print; 101x101cm; Centre Pompidou-MNAM-CCI, Paris; © Samuel Fosso)
From 2006-05-27 To 2006-08-31
"Africa Remix" was held at the Hayward Gallery in London at the beginning of last year, as part of "Africa 05", a season of cultural events taking place across the country.
"Africa Remix" has come to Tokyo, which was in London at Hayward Gallery one year ago. Coupled with many musical events all around the town, last year in London was so much about Africa.
donald_japantimes: (2006-08-31 at 16:08)
Art of Africa
Massive exhibition in Tokyo shatters single culture stereotype of continent
By Joseph Badtke-Berkow
Special to The Japan Times
Everyone has an idea about "Africa." Pestilence, famine and genocide top many people's lists. Others think of boundless natural wonder and sprawling metropolises bursting with life. But the truth of it is, there is no one "Africa." There are only Africans, and they defy generalization...
Interview with curator Simon Njami