Currencies in Contemporary African Art

Edited by: Thembinkosi Goniwe

This is a catalogue of artworks and essays that formed the exhibition Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art. Curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe and Melissa Mboweni, the exhibition was held at Museum Africa in Newtown (Johannesburg, South Africa), from May to July 2010. This exhibit featured 25 artists, 4 art collectives, and 6 writers whose work provided creative and intellectual dialogue, which in personal and intimate ways animates imaginative and reflective engagement with social matters and human experiences in contemporary Africa and the diaspora. The book's essays include the following: Debating and Framing Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art * Imagined Communities * African Art as a Source of Knowledge * Comfortable Contradictions: South Africa, Africa, and the Marketplace * Curating Contemporary African Art: Questions of Mega-Exhibitions and Western Influences * The Scars of Dissipation: Memory, Catharsis, and the Search for the Aesthetic. *** "Superbly and profusely illustrated in full color 'Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art' is very highly recommended for personal and academic library African Art reference collections and supplemental reading lists." - The Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch, The Art Shelf, August 2013

172 pages

Publication Date: 8/1/2012
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781868886807