A Fiction of Authenticity presents new work in painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video and performance by a selection of the most prominent African Africa Diaspora artists working in Europe and the United States. These artists represent an important generation of artists born just before or during the postcolonial era in Africa, between 1956 and 1975. Their work, creative strategies and formal vocabularies considered within this context challenge prevailing notions about Africa and the largely Western desire for an authentic African art.
The exhibition seeks to analyze the construction of criteria surrounding the formulation of ideas about authenticity - within the African continent and abroad. It considers how such fictions have skewed the understanding and meaning of Africa in a global contemporary culture. All the artists in the exhibition have chosen to practice abroad, calling into question their Africanness as a fixed notion of identity.
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