Metamorphosis: Africa After Socialism
On view June 8 - October 13, 2019
Metamorphosis: Africa After Socialism is a collective exhibition that aims to present a selection of works by some of the most accomplished and representative contemporary artists in post-socialist Africa.
These artists include Felipe Branquinho (Mosambique), Ângela Ferreira (South Afica/Mozambique), Helga Gamboa (Angola), Issa Samb (Senegal), António Olé (Angola), Binelde Hyrcan (Angola), Dawit Abebe (Ethiopia), Pomílio Hilário Gemuce (Mozambique), Julie Mehretu (Ethopia/United States), Bertina Lopes (Mozambique), Edson Chagas (Angola), Bekele Mekonnen (Ethiopia), Jorge Dias (Mozambique) and Abdoulaue Konaté (Mali).
No later than twenty-nine years since independence from colonial regimes, the end of the Cold War brought a wave of upheaval among young African nations once again. The need to reimagine national narratives gave rise to a new generation of artists that seek to make sense of the dramatic social and political shifts that they witnessed in their countries. Coming from the margins of the communist bloc, these artists differ from their colleagues elsewhere in their response to socialist history and aesthetics as well as their unique adaptations to the neoliberal global politics that followed. Metamorphosis will be the first exhibition focused on African socialisms and their aftermath in North America.
June 8, 2019 - October 13, 2019
Álvaro Luís Lima