Africa Remix 2005, London Hayward Gallery

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Way-back when it started on my journey of discovery, I'd seen all these fabric in my mothers wardrobe. Sometimes she would tell me what they meant to her and other times the traditional stories behind the cloth.

London 2005, Hayward Hallery - Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent is the largest exhibition of contemporary African art ever seen in Europe. Featuring more than 60 artists, the show includes painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, film and video, many created within the last five years. Artists from 25 countries across the continent, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, are represented, as well as African artists now living in Europe and North America.

History and Identity focuses on matters of power and authority, modernity, and tradition and collective identities. It includes the Central African photographer Samuel Fosso, who has been representing himself in multiple guises since the 1970s; an installation by this year's Turner prize nominee, London-based Nigerian Yinka Shonibare; and South African Jane Alexander, whose haunting sculptural tableau, African Adventure, mixing human and animal forms, was originally conceived for the British Officers' Mess in Cape Town.

 

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