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Incarnations African Art as Philosophy at BOZAR, Brussels


IncarNations

28 June ’19 — 06 October ’19

BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts

IncarNations is an exhibition created by the South African artist Kendell Geers with the Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo. A fascinating initiative that reflects the diversity of the African artistic heritage, with an Afrocentric look and including the itineraries of slaves, colonialism and independence movements. As the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne stresses: "Ethnographic museums are a negation of art because they prevent the objects on display from really looking at us. Because ethnography is constituted, at its colonial origins, as a science of what is radically other, it is in its nature to fabricate strangeness, otherness, separateness". Taken from Sindika Dokolo's impressive collection, the works of African artists enter into dialogue with those of the diaspora while contemporary works will be displayed alongside classical works. Incarnations looks at African art as a living philosophical practice.

Finding Fanon Part One,  Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015 Image: Claire Barrett

Finding Fanon Part One, Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015
Image: Claire Barrett

Works by Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Sammy Baloji, William Kentridge, Tracey Rose, Wangechi Mutu, Otobong Nkanga, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ana Mendieta, Kehinde Wiley, Andres Serrano, Aida Muluneh, Mwangi Hutter, Hank Willis Thomas, Tracey Rose, Adrian Piper, Lubaina Himid, Roger Ballen, Zanele Muholi, Phyllis Galembo and many others.

BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts Brussels