SNOECK PUBLISHERS, GHENT/MUSEUM FOR AFRICAN ART, NY
Looking Both Ways
Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora
Edited by Laurie Ann Farrell. Essays by Okwui Enwezor, Laurie Ann Farrell, Jos» Antonio B. Fernandes Dias, Laurie Firstenberg, Steven Nelson, Salah Hassan and John Peffer.
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora considers the work of artists from North, South, East, and West Africa who live and work in Western countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As its title indicates, Looking Both Ways refers to the artists' practice of looking at the psychic terrain between Africa and the West, a terrain of shifting physical contexts, aesthetic ambitions, and expressions. It examines the relationship between physical contexts, emotional geographies, ambition, and freedom of expression while focusing on the increasing globalization of the African Diaspora. Looking Both Ways is not a survey, but rather an intimate consideration of the work of twelve artists: Fernando Alvim, Ghada Amer, Oladªlª Bamgboyª, Allan deSouza, Kendell Geers, Moshekwa Langa, Hassan Musa, N'Dilo Mutima, Wangechi Mutu, Ingrid Mwangi, Zineb Sedira, and Yinka Shonibare.