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Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'

Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 PM, Kindred Stories presents Where Is Africa author Anita N. Bateman at the Kindred Stories Reading Garden. If you're in Houston, come celebrate this beautifully designed, multidisciplinary, illustrated reader unpacking imperialist representations of Africa. Please RSVP to reserve your seat or RSVP with Book to support the author and Kindred Stories' programming.

Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'

In 2017, curator and art historian Anita N. Bateman and architect and professor Emanuel Admassu initiated research on the traditional positioning and mispositioning of the arts across the African continent. Where Is Africa has been an extended set of exchanges with contemporary artists, curators, designers and academics who are actively engaged in representing the continentóboth within and outside its geographic boundaries. By examining artist collectives, new currents in art history and the rise of contemporary art festivals in and about Africa from the past 10 years, the project unpacks the imperialist foundations of cultural institutions and their anthropological fascination with African objects, people and places.

The interviews in Where Is Africa examine African and African-diasporic identities and spaces through questions of positionality in relation to specific disciplinary, cultural and political contexts. The texts address Afro-diasporic aesthetic practices and the curatorial, museological and artistic matrices that confront epistemologies of dominance and exclusion. The commissioned essays and images offer concise methodologies that expand or complicate issues addressed by the interviewees.

Where Is Africa is a conceptual project that accompanies a conceptual place, driven by the desire to dislodge Africa from categorical fixity and the representational logics of nation-states. Africa can never be fully enclosed by the residue of colonial violence or the totalitarian gaze of neoliberalism; instead, it creates infinite malleability, where place and concept are untethered from each other.

Contributors include: Mikael Awake, Salome Asega, Tau Tavengwa, Anthony Bogues, Jay Simple, Eric Gottesman, Rebecca Corey, Aida Mulkozi, Rakeb Sile, Mesai Haileleul, Mpho Matsipa, Niama Safia Sandy, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Rehema Chachage, Robel Temesgen, Valerie Amani, Meskerem Assegued, Elias Sime, Olalekan Jeyifous, Amanda Williams, Germane Barnes and Mario Gooden.

Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Anita N. Bateman (she/her) specializes in modern and contemporary African art and the art of the African diaspora with additional expertise in the history of photography, Black Feminism/Womanism, and the role of social media in activism and liberation work. Bateman earned a doctorate in art history and visual culture and graduate certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University, a masterís in art history from Duke University, and completed her undergraduate degree in art history, graduating cum laude from Williams College. She has held curatorial positions at the RISD Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Nasher Museum of Art. Her academic research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Bateman was the Fall 2022 ARCAthens Curatorial Fellow and a 2022 Graham Foundation grantee for Where Is Africa (Center for Art, Research, and Alliances), co-edited with Emanuel Admassu. She is currently the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER
Ashley Hoskins
is an inspiration to those who strive for cultural enrichment and knowledge expansion. As a lifelong reader and educator, Ashley finds the most joy in witnessing someone connect with a book. She believes that reading creates an imaginative space for travel and spirituality. She recalls always being a personal librarian for her friends and family members. They would often contact her to borrow books and ask for suggestions. Ashley founded the Houston chapter in 2019 with the blessings of OlaRonke Akinmowo of The Free Black Womenís Library. The Free Black Womenís Library HTX serves as a creative space that amplifies the literary and artistic expression of the Black woman. As the creative director of The Free Black Womenís Library HTX, Ashley curates community events centered around Black women writers and artists. She is currently an artist in residence at the Anderson Center for the Arts, where The Free Black Womenís Library HTX is on exhibition and available for visitors to swap books written by Black women authors.

Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'

Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'
Tuesday, March 12: 6:30 PM
Kindred Stories Reading Garden
2304 Stuart Street
Houston, TX, 77004

RSVP ONLY to reserve your seat or RSVP with Book to support the author and our programming.

Book photography by Justin Lubliner.
Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'
Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'
Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'
Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'
Kindred Stores presents Anita N. Bateman on 'Where is Africa'

Where Is Africa

Where Is Africa

CARA
Pbk, 6 x 10 in. / 346 pgs / 107 color / 15 b&w.

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