African Art Outlook for September

African Art Outlook for September

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Since the global expansion of the covid-19, many contemporary African art events have been cancelled, postponed, or transitioned to virtual exhibition. Some galleries are opened for exhibition visits by appointment. While countries are slowly reopening their frontier, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide of what to discover in your city this month. So, we’ve rounded up our favorite events of September featuring African and Africa related art practices and projects.

Solo Exhibitions

Amoako Boafo: I Stand by Me will be on view at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Chicago, United States from September 10 to October 24, 2020

The exhibition features never before seen works, representing a moment of reflection during this time of crisis, emphasizing the notion of autonomy and self-reflection, a call to preserve one’s integrity and independence. The large paintings using photo transfer compositions in I Stand by Me mark a significant development in Boafo’s technique. Concerned with a constant need to redefine new aesthetic and visual nomenclatures and to explore different ways of expressing themes, the artist emphasizes atmospheric naturalism and the impressionist rendering of motion. Boafo uses painting as an instrument for navigating the complexities of human experiences and depicting a vivid sense of each subject’s presence in the world.

Andrew Lyght: Second Nature will be on view at Anna Zorina Gallery in New York, United States from September 10 to October 24, 2020

The exhibition will feature works spanning multiple series that are united in the merger of dualistic qualities such as painting and sculpture, industrial and ornamental, raw and refined. The deconstruction and reassembling of compositional elements situates the viewer within a dynamic space of line, plane, volume and color to inspire a new way of seeing and relating to the environment. Lyght’s technique is inspired by his youth spent in the South American nation of Guyana. His lifelong fascination with exploring the boundaries of construction has resulted in a fluent approach to his creative process, which is described as an act of meditation. The fluid drawings appear as an obscure blueprint outlining forms that communicate significance to an outside or ancient culture.

Group Exhibitions

Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream will be on view at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France from June 19 to September 13, 2020

Ubuntu is a Southern African term, which unites notions of humanity, collectiveness and hospitality and can be interpreted as: “I am because we are”. Enrooted in numerous African languages and cultures, the Ubuntu thinking remains active in the conception of the place of the individual in a community, but also in the connections between peoples, structuring awareness and a vision of the world within an interdependency of relationships. The exhibition “Ubuntu, A Lucid Dream” aims to bear witness to these current dynamics and brings together contributions by twenty artists or groups of artists whose work chimes with the Ubuntu philosophy of “making humanity together” while attempting to approach it as a resource, a space for invention, or fiction, as well as a mediation with the real world.

There, Here, Nowhere: Dwelling at the Edge of the World will be on view at The Koppel Project Exchange in London, United Kingdom from September 18 to October 6, 2020

Against the backdrop of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the wave of global protests on the issue of racial inequality, There, Here, Nowhere: Dwelling at the Edge of the World is a visual narrative on the lived experiences of being Black in a predominantly white western society, through the lens of the African diaspora. Conceived as an interconnection of temporal spaces to frame or situate the African diasporic identity and aesthetic, the exhibition seeks to explore the relationship between space (constructed through memory, lived physical experience or imagined reality) and identity and how this inter-relationship creates the sense of ‘two-ness’ – the feeling of being both African and Westerner both in identity and aesthetic.


11th Berlin Biennial will open at various locations in Berlin, Germany from September 5 to November 1, 2020

Artists from all over the world will exhibit their works in Berlin beginning in September 2020. Since September 2019, the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art has been unfolding as a process through a series of lived experiences with exp. 1, exp. 2, and exp. 3. In fall 2020, in a fourth step conceived as an epilogue, the 11th Berlin Biennale will bring these experiences together with artistic participation from around the world. In their diverse modes of articulating solidarity, vulnerability, and resistance, the contributions rise up to materialize the complicated beauty of life amidst the turbulent times we inhabit.


Posted in Events  |  September 05, 2020