African Art Outlook for May

African Art Outlook for May

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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 exhibitions. 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 May featuring African and Africa related art practices and projects.


Rodell Warner: Augmented Archives is still on view at TERN Gallery in Nassau, Bahamas until May 14, 2021

Augmented Archives features a series of digitally augmented found photographs set in the 20th Century in the Caribbean – created at the intersection of art, photography, and technology – that further explores Warner’s ongoing investigation of Caribbean archives. Augmented Archives dares to revive the past. The exhibition includes three different bodies of work spanning the past five years of Warner’s practice, as well as a limited edition of video prints available for acquisition upon the exhibition’s opening. Combining digital animations and sound, the video prints reflect a newly colorized and digitized representation of mostly black & white analog photographs—with a majority of the works appearing in color for the first time at TERN.

Fathi Hassan: Soul Taming is still on view at Sulger-Buel Gallery in London, United Kingdom until May 31, 2021

Fathi Hassan is an artist, a poet, a dreamer; but, most of all, he is a dynamic creative set on taming his wild spirit and wandering soul through his art and meditations. Hassan’s visual work firstly pulls in the viewer with its bold lines, then the floating texts, figures and symbols. Once that information and layer is absorbed, his pieces translate into a higher level of an alchemical synthesis. His articulation unto the canvas is a deep form of poetry. Essential to his work is the exploration of identity as he constantly challenges, superimposes, writes and links events, past and present, to contemplate possible futures and potentialities. Hassan’s tapestries can also be experienced as archival material containing delicate traces of his Nubian culture and its place in the Arab world, wherein the Arabic calligraphy intersects and blends into symbols.

The Power of My Hands is still on view at Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris in Paris, France until May 30, 2021

As part of the Africa2020 Season, Angola-based independent curator Suzana Sousa and Odile Burluraux, curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, have selected artworks by sixteen women artists from various English – and  Portuguese – speaking African countries or the diaspora. The result is an insight into an African contemporary art scene rarely presented in France. The Power of My Hands tells us how artists can use their personal histories to address the social issues that govern the condition of women today. Examining a range of themes – the body, sexuality, self-representation, motherhood, beliefs – the exhibition asks how, for Black women, attitudes to privacy reveal what goes unsaid and their relationship with the world. It does this via an intermingling of the notions of memory, family, spirituality and imagination.

Art Fairs

1-54 New York will host its 7th edition of the New York fair online from May 17-23, 2021

Following the success of London and Paris, 1-54 continues the partnership with Christie’s to create and host a globally accessible online platform. Each virtual booth will feature works from each gallery, offer 360° viewing rooms, as well as provide a spotlight series on individual artists. 1-54 Online, powered by Christie’s will bring together 26 international galleries. 1-54 also presents Knotted Ties, a curated selection of works from artists who use textiles in their practice. Knotted Ties is free to visit and is open to the public 15 – 26 May 2021 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, New York. All works exhibited can be viewed and acquired on 1-54 Online, powered by Christie’s. 1-54 Forum, which is the fair’s acclaimed programme of talks, performances and screenings, will also accompany this edition of the fair.


Special Online Dialogues will be hosted online by The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, United States in May 11 & 24, 2021

For the first time, The Studio Museum in Harlem will expand access to its Spring Benefit and annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize by presenting special dialogues in conjunction with both, to be offered online in May 2021. Beyond the Studio: The Studio Museum’s Spring Benefit will feature actor, producer, singer, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross in conversation with Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:30 pm EDT. The dialogue will air online, followed by a post program live event. In celebration of Cauleen Smith, the fifteenth recipient of the prestigious Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, the Studio Museum will present a conversation between Smith and scholar Saidiya Hartman on Monday, May 24 at 6:00 pm EDT. The program will be streamed live on Zoom and feature live CART captioning.


Posted in Events  |  May 08, 2021