Africa Remix, contemporary art of a continent
Johannesburg art gallery
June 24 – September 30, 2007
Curator: Simon Njami
Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent features the work of more than 85 artists from 25 countries on the African continent and the Diaspora. Considered to be the largest exhibition of contemporary African art ever seen in Europe, it includes painting, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, photography and design.
Africa Remix explores the themes of city and land (the contrasting experiences of urban and rural life); identity and history (including issues of tradition and modernity and the relation of the individual to the community); and body and soul (religion, spirituality, emotion and sexuality).
The proposal to bring Africa Remix to South Africa is an attempt to address the historical imbalances and inaccurate portrayal of the image of Africa that has been so prevalent. Never before in the history of the continent has an exhibition of such magnitude focusing exclusively on Africa been shown to African audiences. To date, exhibitions on Africa are curated by non-Africans, are held either in Europe or the US, and are funded by western institutions, governments and corporations.