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22 Apr 2018

Africa Is No Island

Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden

Reviewed by Vera Wilde

With a unity rare even in solo shows, this exhibit showcases a rich range of contemporary African photography. The medium's flexibility across collage, illustration, portraiture, and more is on full display.

The experimental curation succeeds. Entry and exit walls burst with photos. Many paths cut through many rooms, evoking a winding medina, though it reminds one of historical injustices to display the artists' work without their names.

Several parts of the exhibit juxtapose color, object, sound, and space in ways that reward attention. Lebohang Kganye's part black-and-white, part-color series follows a woman dressed in a man's suit and tie leaving home in the night to journey from South Africa to America, though finally slumping in a stupor of fear (Ke Lefa Laka, 2013-14). In Maïmouna Guerresi's royal diptych, Throne in White and Throne in Black (2016), trashcans and tires make armrests. Articulating new visions with old technical mastery is contemporary art at its best.

Exhibition Africa Is No Island link
Start date 27 Feb 2018
End date 24 Aug 2018
Presenter Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden link
Venue Al Maaden, Sidi Youssef Ben Ali, Marrakesh, MAR map
Image Joana Choumali, Mme. Djeneba Haabre, la dernière génération, 2013-14, print on Baryté paper, 90 x 60 cm, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary African Art Al Maaden

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