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photo © Jonathan Greet 2008

Yinka Shonibare, Culture Flower, 2007.
Dutch wax-printed cotton textile and hand-blown glass vase.

Angaza Afrika -
African Art Now

15 May – 26 July 2008
“Africa is as much a global phenomenon as a continent.” Chris Spring

The exhibition brings together major works by 12 artists who best represent the innovative and dynamic artistic practices across the African continent and the African diasporas and launches the book, Angaza Afrika – African Art Now -  a highly visual survey of contemporary African art compiled by Christopher Spring, curator of the African Galleries at The British Museum, and published by Laurence King.

Angaza Afrika, translated from the Swahili to mean ‘Shed light on Africa’ or ‘Look around Africa’, is comprehensive in its range. Each work will be a stunning visual and physical manifestation of the artists’ energy and spirit, such as Rachid Koraïchi’s Sufi- inspired  black and white appliqué work and the beautiful work of South African artist Karel Nel, who sets vast leaves from the Coco de Mer palms in atmospheric, elemental architectural spaces.

Other featured artists include Romuald Hazoumè, whose immense installation Dream (2007), consisting of a boat made from petrol canisters, placed in front of a panoramic photograph won the documenta 12 prize; El Anatsui, who with his magnificent cloths made from thousands of glimmering bottle tops was one of the highlights of the 52nd Venice Biennale and who will transform Channel 4’s 50ft logo, situated in front of their London Headquarters, with an installation in June 2008; Owusu-Ankomah, whose drawings were chosen by Giorgio Armani for his Emporio Armani (PRODUCT) RED capsule collection and Abdoulaye Konaté who has been shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 2008 Prize.

For a virtual reality preview of the show see www.dumdum.co.uk/sphericalvr
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View the press clippings for Angaza Afrika (PDF)

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El Anatsui, Untitled, 2008
El Anatsui, Untitled, 2008
Mohamed Omer Bushara, Untitled, 2007
Mohamed Omer Bushara, Untitled, 2007
Jorge Dias, Coisa, 2008
Jorge Dias, Coisa, 2008
Jorge Dias, Coisas Suspendidas (Suspended Things), 2005
Jorge Dias, Coisas Suspendidas (Suspended Things), 2005

Tapfuma Gutsa, The Crook, 2002
Tapfuma Gutsa, The Crook, 2002
Tapfuma Gutsa, The Cypher, 2002
Tapfuma Gutsa, The Cypher, 2002
Romuald Hazoumè, Kpayo Army
Romuald Hazoum, Kpayo Army
Romuald Hazoumè, La Panne
Romuald Hazoumè, La Panne

Romuald Hazoumè, Azo
Romuald Hazoum, Azo
Konaté Gris-gris blancs 2005
Abdoulaye Konaté, Gris-gris blancs 2005
Rachid Koraïchi, Les Maîtres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters), 2008
Rachid Koraïchi, Les Maîtres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters), 2008
Karel Nel, Elegies to the Forests II, 2005
Karel Nel, Elegies to the Forests II, 2005

Karel Nel, Stellar Grammar, 2007
Karel Nel, Stellar Grammar, 2007
Magdalene Odundo, Untitled
Magdalene Odundo, Untitled
Owusu-Ankomah, Movement N° 41 (The Game), 2008
Owusu-Ankomah, Movement N 41 (The Game), 2008
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Culture Flower, 2007
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Culture Flower, 2007

Julien Sinzogan, Julien Sinzogan 2, 2008
Julien Sinzogan, Julien Sinzogan 2, 2008
Gerard Quénum, Chevalier (Knight), 2001
Gerard Quénum, Chevalier (Knight), 2001
Gerard Quénum Le Richard (The Rich Man), 2007
Gerard Quénum Le Richard (The Rich Man), 2007
Gerard Quénum Le Richard (The Rich Man), 2007
Nnenna Okore, Ashioke, 2007
   
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