The African Sniper Reader

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This anthology emerged from a series of solo exhibitions by Kendell Geers, Olu Oguibe, Oldadélé Bamgboyé, Mounir Fatmi and Loulou Cherinet--all artists with connections to Africa and living abroad. Reaching beyond the dialectic of difference typical of so many exhibitions of "non-Western" artists, this collection by a twenty-first-century generation (all participants are between ages 35 and 42) aims to construct a new definition of contemporary African positions. These essays here are written by a diverse group ...
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Overview

This anthology emerged from a series of solo exhibitions by Kendell Geers, Olu Oguibe, Oldadélé Bamgboyé, Mounir Fatmi and Loulou Cherinet--all artists with connections to Africa and living abroad. Reaching beyond the dialectic of difference typical of so many exhibitions of "non-Western" artists, this collection by a twenty-first-century generation (all participants are between ages 35 and 42) aims to construct a new definition of contemporary African positions. These essays here are written by a diverse group of artists, writers, educators and critics, including Cameroonian Curator Simon Njami, and Olu Oguibe, Associate Professor of Art and African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783905701227
  • Publisher: JRP|Ringier/Migros Museum fr Gegenwartskunst Zurich
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Buren was born in 1938 in Paris.

William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Carnegie, and is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. A major retrospective co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago recently toured the U.S. and appeared in Capetown, South Africa. In 2005 his production of The Magic Flute opened at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels, Belgium.

Yinka Shonibare (1962) lives and works London, having spent his life living in Nigeria and Great Britain.

"Olu Oguibe is the Nigerian-born, New York-based co-curator of Century Cities, the 3rd International Salon of Painting, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, and the book Fresh Cream. His artworks have been exhibited in solo and group shows around the world, including the 7th Habana Bienal, and he is also the author and editor of several books, including Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West and Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace."

"Simon Njami is cofounder and editor in chief of Revue Noire. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including the 2000 Dakar Biennial, and is the author of Ethnicolor and African Gigolo."

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Table of Contents

The African sniper project 8
The next flag 18
Fictions, myths, realities : centres, peripheries and art 24
Representations of Africa : a conversation between Heike Munder and Fernando Alvim 56
Universalism is the sum of particularities : a conversation between Hike Munder and Simon Njami 62
Exile and the creative imagination 134
With the effectiveness of a tank : a conversation between Nicolas Bourriaud Kendell Geers and Daniel Buren 146
A story has no beginning and no end 162
The pretext 166
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