African Art Outlook for July

African Art Outlook for July

Publié dans Events

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. From Los Angeles to Luanda, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide of what to discover this month. So, we’ve rounded up our favorite events of July featuring African and Africa related art practices and projects.

Solo Exhibitions

René Tavares: In Memory We Trust is still on view at This is Not A White Cube in Luanda, Angola until July 17, 2021

In Memory We Trust promotes a reflection around the notions of memory, history, tradition, heritage, and miscegenation. The show by René Tavares includes more than 30 works produced between 2012 and 2021, many of which have never been shown before. It displays two distinct sections – divided between Lisbon and Luanda – with a large variety of media ranging from painting to drawing, including photography and installation. At the Angolan centre, the artist explores the themes of migration and heritage that have been, over the years, a consistent motor of innovation and creativity in his artistic production. At the Portuguese centre he gives greater expression to themes such as memory and cultural heritage.

Senga Nengudi: Topologies is still on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, United States until July 25, 2021

Situated at the intersection of sculpture and performance, Senga Nengudi’s provocative works reimagine the possibilities for abstract art through an exploration of both the Black female body and the collective practices of community and ritual. A leader of the 1970s Black American avant-garde, Nengudi has built a powerful and innovative body of work rooted in her commitment to collaboration. Featuring sculptures made from everyday materials like pantyhose, water, and air conditioning units, and incorporating archival documentation, video, and sound, the exhibition traces the arc of the artist’s career over the last five decades, celebrating Nengudi as a pioneering artist of our time.

Amina Zoubir: Archaeology of the colonized body is still on view at the MARKK Museum in Hamburg, Germany until July 28, 2021

Amina Zoubir’s work focuses on the representation and appropriation of the female body in colonially and ethnographically influenced photographs from North Africa. The MARKK’s photo collection contains many of these photographs, which are a challenging collection for the museum as well. As historical objects and testimonies, the museum stores and preserves them. However, their origin coincides with a time of colonial and scientifically European-dominated power structures and imbalances, which are directly visible in the photographic representations of people and the images they create. By non-critical reproduction, exhibition and viewing, there is still a danger today of both solidifying these images as well as a continued, violent objectification of the people depicted.

Group Exhibitions

A Force for Change will be presented by UN Women in New York City, United States from July 27-31, 2021

UN Women, the agency of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, will host the first all-Black, all-women global selling exhibition and auction titled A Force for Change, with proceeds benefiting Black women across the world and the participating artists. Open to the public from July 27 through 31, 2021 at 530 W 25th Street, New York, New York 10001, the exhibition includes 26 works by prominent and emerging female artists of African descent to recognize and elevate awareness of the transformative power of Black women’s art in social justice movements, and to support UN Women’s nascent global Black Women’s Programme. The exhibition will be accompanied by online discussions on the role of artists in social justice movements and Black Women and the Art Market.


Lucie Talks will take place online at Lucie Foundation in Los Angeles, United States on July 29, 2021

Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) and Lucie Foundation present a special Lucie Talks conversation with Aldeide Delgado, Deborah Willis, and Maggie Steber. Following the idea of “a room of one’s own,” Aldeide Delgado will explore the artists’ creative practice including recent projects, academic work, and feminist practice. The conversation takes place in the lead up to the first-ever WOPHA Congress: Women, Photography, and Feminisms at which worldwide organizations of women photographers, internationally-recognized art historians, curators, and artists from more than 15 countries, including Steber and Willis, will convene in Miami on November 18–19, 2021 to build upon and better represent the history and contributions of women photographers from the 19th century to date.


Publié dans Events  |  juillet 03, 2021