Clip of Shonibare from TV series, Art 21 (William Kentridge also stars). See also this profile of Shonibare in The New York Times.
A retrospective of his work opens at the Brooklyn Museum this week.
Exhibition (till July 25, 2009) at Exit Art in Manhattan on the 20th black arts and political movement. Curated by New Yorkers Papo Colo, Tânia Cypriano, Rose Myriam Réjouis, Franklin Sirmans and Greg Tate. Includes a party on June 18 (7 till 11pm) with Baye Kouyaté and Les Tougarakes, Dallam-Dougou, and DJ Turmix, and a Brazil-focused film series.
Paris-based Zoulikha Bouabdellah (born in Moscow of Algerian parents), seen in a video above talking about her work at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007 (as part of the “Global Feminisms” exhibition), is one of six artists in “Perspectives: Women, Art & Islam” (going till September 13, 2009), an exhibition opening next Thursday, June 4, at MoCADA, near downtown Brooklyn.
The other artists are Fariba Alam (Bangladesh), Mahwish Chishty (Pakistan), Safaa Erruas (Morocco) and Nsenga Knight (United States). The show is curated by Kimberli Gant and Lisa Binder. (The exhibition forms part of the larger “Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas” at the nearby Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Designers Daniça Lepen and and Jacques van der Watt, from Johannesburg label Black Coffee, were awarded the Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture 2009 in Berlin. (This video, which gives a glimpse of their work, is by TRACE TV)
Each year the German organizers honor South African artists working in different disciplines. Last year’s winner was artist Kevin Brand for Art Projects in Public Spaces. Gabeba Baderoon, who recently did a playlist for Africa is a Country, won the award for poetry in 2005.
Jasper de Beijer, Udongo 08, 2009.
Courtesy Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag
“… Jasper de Beijer play[s] with reality in [his] photographs. After all, a photograph shows what is seen through the lens. However, what if that is not actually reality, but a specially constructed version of reality? … [D]e Beijer goes even further: he makes life-size, three-dimensional models – often of paper – which he then photographs, producing images reminiscent of Victorian prints. Fabulous Fictions shows us that, in their work, nothing is what it seems… On a trip to Ghana De Beijer was struck by the fact that Africa looks nothing like the exotic, Western image he had from photographs and stories. Life was just as banal there as it was at home. Back in his studio, he built a jungle set with life-size dummies which he photographed, approaching it not as a cultural anthropologist would, but in a way that gives us another picture of Africa which, despite the constructed scenes, actually appears more real than the photographs we normally see of the continent and its people …”
Foto Museum Den Haag, The Netherlands,