The Shadows Took Shape

ShadowsCover_smlThe article We Want the Funk: What is Afrofuturism to Africa was reworked and published in The Shadows Took Shape exhibition catalogue from the Harlem Studio Museum. The exhibition, curated by Naima Kieth & Zoe Whitley, presented a very large collection of work defined around both being and the notions of AfroFuturism. The exhibition addresses the on going intersections of AfroFuturism and global contemporary art practice.

As one of seven contributes, along with Samuel Delany, Kodwo Eshun, Thelma Golden, Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky the Subliminal Kid), Alondara Nelson and Peter Shapiro. I wrote specifically around my research on African Technology Arts practice. In it I address not only what AfroFuturism means for Africa, but look at artists such myth and aesthetic mechanism that reflect those of AfroFuturism, in the work of Kenya’s Wanuri Kahui & Just A Band; South Africa’s Spoek Mathambo & Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum; Egypt’s KhaledHafez (who is not in my region really, but I was lucky enough to meet in Cairo in 2013 at the DiEgy festival).

It is a beautifully produced catalogue and recommended as not only an overview of Afrofuturism, but to see the aftereffects of AfroFuturism not only in American but global contemporary Art.

I do have a focus on the aesthetic mechanism of AfroFuturism in my PhD research. See my PhD blog for more.