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Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora features artists who were born in Africa and now live and work in Western countries including France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States. New and recent works focus on the interplay between the artists' African backgrounds and their new environments. The catalogue includes investigations into the global Diaspora of African artists; a history of contemporary African artists participating in major biennials and other international exhibitions; and the social and political contexts of African artists in the Western world. Written by the artists themselves, curators, and cultural critics, it highlights the talent and stories of established artists, presents artists known in the African art community but perhaps not to a broader public, and introduces a new generation of emerging artists.
The artists are Fernando Alvim, Ghada Amer, Oladélé Bamgboye, Allan deSouza, Kendell Geers, Moshekwa Langa, Hassan Musa, N'Dilo Mutima, Wangechi Mutu, Ingrid Mwangi, Yinka Shonibare, and Zineb Sidera.
Exhibition catalogue edited by Laurie Ann Farrell with a foreword by Sue Williamson and an introduction by Laurie Ann Farrell, with contributions including Mozart and Me by Simon Njami, Â Name Calling by Allan deSouza, The Diaspora as Object by John Peffer, and Negotiating the Taxonomy of Contemporary African Art'€"Production, Exhibition, Commodification by Lauri Firstenberg, as well as additional essays and interviews with artists.
Published and distributed by the Museum for African Art, New York, and Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, Gent. November 2003. 184 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 90-5349-443-X. Paper ISBN: 0-945802-35-8. LCCN: 2003112901.