African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other

African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other
Library Shelf Location 27.SEAL
Publication Date 26 Mar 2020

Produced in conjunction with the FotoFest Biennial 2020 exhibition (March 8 - April 19, 2020 in Houston TX), the African Cosmologies book features essays by leading scholars in the fields of contemporary art, photography, and cultural studies. Images of installations, photography, film, and video works by artists highlight the range of interdisciplinary approaches that are represented in the Biennial exhibition.

Curated by renowned London-based curator, Mark Sealy MBE, the FotoFest Biennial2020, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other brings together over 30 artists from around the globe whose works challenge traditional notions of Blackness and transnational histories in relation to concepts of liberty, rights, and representation.

Taking its cues from John Coltrane’s avant-garde jazz oeuvre, wherein formal modernisms of the past are made complex by radical imagination and black-futurity, this presentation of diverse ideas, artistic approaches, and material histories proposes a cosmological exploration of Africa and the contemporary African diaspora; one that defies easy categorization and spatial and temporal boundaries.

In their unique practices, the featured artists turn an eye to social, cultural, and political conditions that inform and influence concepts of representation as they pertain to image production and circulation in Africa and beyond. These artists question the ways in which subjectivity is constructed and deconstructed by the camera, and in the process, reveal legacies of resistance by those who defy traditional ideas of sexual, racial, gender-based, and other marginalized identities.

ISBN 9789053309322
Quantity 1
Pages 352
Editors Mark Sealy, Steven Evans
Format Hardback
Publisher Schilt Publishing
Category Photography
Keywords Contemporary Art, photography, cultural studies, Blackness, transnational histories, liberty, rights, and representation, Africa
Language English

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