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Africa State of Mind

September 4 - November 15

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Africa State of Mind In the only US presentation of the international touring exhibition, Africa State of Mind explores the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent. 15 artists from 11 different countries interrogate ideas of ‘Africanness’ through highly subjective renderings of life and identity, collectively revealing Africa as a psychological space or a ‘state of mind’, as much as a physical territory.
The exhibition orientates around three main themes – Inner Landscapes, Zones of Freedom and Hybrid Cities. In the show, the modern African city is documented in all its dynamism and contradiction. The fluidity of gender and sexual identity is addressed through compelling portraiture, and the legacy of history, from slavery and colonialism to apartheid, becomes the source of resonant new myths and dreamscapes.

Africa State of Mind takes place at a time in which popular Western views of the continent still remain limited. Exhibition curator, Ekow Eshun explains: ‘On one hand, there is the boosterism of an “Africa rising” narrative, that celebrates the development of an emergent middle class and the growth of a tech sector driven by a young aspirational population, while glossing over the inequalities of income and opportunity that still hinders social progress in many countries. On the other hand, the reductive stereotype of Africa as a land of would-be migrants and corrupt rulers – a vision given ugly validation by President Trump’s description of its nations as “shithole countries”.’ By contrast, Africa State of Mind features photography that seeks to address the complexity of what it means, and how it feels, to live in Africa today.

Details

Start:
September 4, 2019
End:
November 15, 2019
Cost:
$ - See event webpage
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Website:
http://bit.ly/2zsk1Y1

Venue

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Phone:
415.358.7200
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
Website:
http://moadsf.org

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