2011 Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) Colloquium, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg: "Africa, Africanness and the Contemporary Mega-Exhibition"
January 12-15, 2011
Global mega-exhibitions serve as increasingly touristic epicenters of artistic discourse and have redefined the nature of history as an increasingly negotiable and relational, rather than an exclusively localized, construct. Yet, many critics argue that biennales remain zones of expository privilege--fashioning a false sense of global interconnectedness that often camouflages or altogether ignores ongoing issues of marginalization and colonialist 'readings' of African history. How successfully and genuinely have the concerns and agendas of African practitioners surfaced within specific biennale traditions?
This panel invites papers from critics, curators, historians and artists that engage with these issues and others, not only from the standpoint of Africa and Africanness as raised within non-African biennales, but also from the perspective of new, emerging, potential and defunct mega-exhibitions within Africa. Submit a 200-word abstract and current CV to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30, 2010.
Dr. Royce W. Smith
Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art History
School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts, Box 67
Wichita State University
1845 N. Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0067 USA
Phone: (+1) 316.978.7713
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