Arts Collaboratory

Raw Material Company

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Posted on: Tuesday 28 August 2018
In a few short weeks our 3rd Condition Report, on Art History in Africa, convened in collaboration with critic, curator and art historian Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, will be in full swing in Dakar. Running from September 20–22, CR3 will take place at Dakar's new Museum of Black Civilisations, a thrilling site to explore the constructions and potentials of African art history. After a first Condition Report on building art institutions in Africa (2012) and a second on artistic education in Africa (2014), RAW Material Company is now turning its attention to the discipline of art history as a lens to critically examine the politics and potential of knowledge production around contemporary African artistic practice. A number of profound historiographical questions will underpin paper presentations, panels and site visits across Dakar: To what extent does Africa have a say in the way it is produced and consumed? To what extent are the nuances of Africa as a thriving territory conveyed in the knowledge produced about the continent that serve interests elsewhere, be it for academic promotion or intellectual legitimation? And what strategies and methodologies exist that are countering and rebelling against the dominance of a Western academic status quo? These questions will be explored by a multi-disciplinary panel of art historians, artists, curators, critics and collectives whose innovative practice is reshaping the perceived parameters of the discipline. The keynote will be given by Salah Hassan and speakers will include Ntone Edjabe, Elizabeth Giorgis, Paul Goodwin, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Dominique Malaquais, Sean O'Toole, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Peju Layiwola, Ruth Simbao, Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, Emi Koinde and Suzanna Souza ???????????? We can't wait!!!! Sign up via our info email to join us. @smoothugochukwuc @ndikung1055 @chimurenga_sa @ano_ghana @seanwotoole #artsymposium #arthistory More information can be found on eflux