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ARTsouthAFRICA takes a look at artists from Africa and the African diaspora exhibiting internationally this month. With the help of AADAT‘s Art List compiled for October, here’s a list of who you can see, and where.

ABOVE: Chris Ofili, Afronirvana, 2002. Oil, acrylic, polyester resin, aluminum foil, glitter, map pins, and elephant dung on canvas,108 × 144 in (274.3 × 365.7 cm). Image source: AADAT 


#1 Mona Marzouk: Trayon

Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
30 September – 11 November 2014

For her first solo show in Cairo since 2006 Marzouk’s project takes the courtroom as its starting point. The past few years of demonstrations and socio-political upheaval have been intense, and the courtroom as a space in these unfolding narratives has been featured extensively in the media, as a space for the implementation of justice. But, the rule of law and justice are in many cases at opposite ends of the spectrum. The project’s title refers to the much-publicized case of Trayvon Martin.

ABOVE: Mona Marzouk, Trayvon #5, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110 cm



#2 Post Colonial Flagship

StoreQuartier 21, Austria
October 2nd, 2014 – November 23rd, 2014

The “Post Colonial Flagship Store (PCFS)” exhibition project showcases artworks camouflaged as consumer goods, and engages with a new, surreptitious form of colonialism. Works by artists from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America are presented as “commercial products” or as “service agencies” in a shopping mall, the modern manifestation of the general store.

ABOVE: Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Lumumba, 2010, aluminium print, 125x80cm
#3: KLA ART 2014
Kampala, Uganda
October 4th – 31st 2014
KLA ART 014 is Kampala’s contemporary art festival. Throughout the month of October, the festival will showcase contemporary artists from Uganda and Uganda’s neighbouring countries to the public. This year’s theme is Unmapped; who are the unheard voices of our cities? Howcan we represent and celebrate the unseen urban-dweller?
#4: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014
Somerset House, London
October 16 – 19, 2014

The second edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will take place in London from 16 to 19 October 2014. 1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience.


#5: Kay Hassan: Everyday People
Jack Shainman, New York
October 18 – November 15, 2014

Kay Hassan is best known for his large scale ‘constructions’ made of torn, reconfigured, and pasted pieces of printed billboard posters, Hassan works in numerous media including painting, collage, installation, video, sculpture, and photography. Hassan’s work is unified by a continuing interest in themes of migration, dispossession, trade, overproduction, waste, and urban life

ABOVE: Kay Hassan, Untitled, 2013, paper construction, 92 x 62″. 


#6: El Anatsui

Jack Shainman, New York 
October 18 – November 15, 2014

El Anatsui is an internationally acclaimed artist who transforms simple materials into complex assemblages that create distinctive visual impact. He uses resources typically discarded such as liquor bottle caps and cassava graters to create sculpture that defies categorization. His use of these materials reflects his interest in reuse, transformation, and an intrinsic desire to connect to his continent while transcending the limitations of place.

ABOVE: El Anatsui, Dusasa I, 2007 aluminum liquor bottle caps and copper wire 288 x 360″



#7: Chris Ofili: Night and Day

New Museum, New York
Oct 29, 2014 – Feb 1, 2015

The first major solo museum exhibition in the USA of artist Chris Ofili, the exhibition will span the artist’s influential career, encompassing his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Over the past two decades, Ofili has become identified with vibrant, meticulously executed, elaborate artworks that meld figuration, abstraction, and decoration. Ofili’s hybrid juxtapositions of high and low, and of the sacred and the profane, simultaneously celebrate and question the power of images and their ability to address questions of representation.

ABOVE: Chris Ofili, No Woman No Cry, 1998, mixed media on canvas, 243×182 cm.

All images courtesy of AADAT. Original article, by Shanon Obuobi, appears here.





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