landmasses without women

writing in relation

20110701123519_diarrassouba_untitled_black_painting Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, ‘Le Couloir de la Mort’, 2011, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Image courtesy Saatchi Gallery.

This is a preview of a text to be published in the forthcoming edition of the magazine Art South Africa. Copyright Art South Africa Magazine. The exhibition Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America is at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY (2 April –  31 August 2014).

Exhibitions in London (about New Art from Africa and Latin America) run the risk of making a number of assumptions. Especially when staged as breaking new ground, advancing into the hinterlands of art worlds still to be recognised and consecrated by an imagined monolithic west. Pangaea, according to the catalogue introduction written by Gabriela Salgado, ‘takes its name from the pre-human landmass uniting Africa and Latin America’. The show ‘reunites the two former sister…

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