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The Short Century

The Short Century : Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994
CHICAGO  •  Museum of Contemporary Art  •  Ongoing
Curated by Okwui Enwezor, the next director of Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, this exhibition focuses on works in a variety of media by some 50 African artists from different nations on the African continent. The exhibition examines the brief period of liberation from the yoke of colonialism from 1945 to the end of the Apartheid regime in 1994. In this "short century", the peoples of Africa won their independence from the European powers which had divided the continent among themselves in 1884/85 at the Berlin Conference, with the aim of total colonisation.

Jane Alexander: Butcher Boys, 1985 / 86
Photo Courtesy of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

The show features historical documents, modernist and contemporary art, film and photography, poster art, print media and textiles from both private collections and government archives documenting artistic currents, from the Egyptian awakening to South African resistance art. First shown at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt earlier this summer, The Short Century will travel to MoMa/PS1, New York (10 February - 5 May 2002).

Contact: Tel: (1) 312 280 26 60

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