Modern oder zeitgenössisch: Neue Trends in der künstlerischen Praxis in Afrika und seiner Diaspora

SAVAH & ISANG present a talk by Prof Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz
‘Modern or Contemporary: New Trends in Artistic Practices in Africa and its Diaspora’
Dienstag 1 April 2014

The lecture will touch upon some of the issues discussed by George Marcus, as symptomatic of new approaches in anthropology. He suggested that the off-stage green room is an apt metaphor for the increased dialogue across disciplines, particularly between anthropology and African art history. The green room symbolizes a XXI century experience of globalization that focuses on site-specific performance art and ethnographic encounters. The lecture will cover a global debate over Western representations of African and African diaspora art, with special attention to issues such as the manner in which aesthetic concepts, museum politics, art display, colonialism, identity practices and nationalism intersect across a global diaspora. It will explore questions of representation of contemporary African art and its proliferation in art collections of major institutions around the world, and will query the dichotomy between viewing ‘African’ artistic practices in the diaspora as either influenced by cultures of the West (‘modern’) or as non-Western cultures equated with primitivism (‘traditional’).
Dienstag, 1. April 2014 um 18:00 Uhr
TH Barry Hörsaal, Iziko South Africa Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Kapstadt
RSVP: Shameem Adams bei / 021 481 397 bis zum 28. März
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Über Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz:
Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz ist ein Kunsthistoriker mit Fachkenntnissen in afrikanischen, karibischen künstlerischen, visuellen und religiösen Praktiken. Martinez-Ruiz wurde in Kuba geboren und wuchs dort auf. Nach seinem Abschluss an der Universität von Havanna unterrichtete er fünf Jahre lang Kunstgeschichte am High Institute of Art in Havanna, bevor er in die USA ging. Seit seiner Ankunft in den USA hat er häufig Vorlesungen über afrikanische Kunst und afro-karibische Religionen gehalten und eine Reihe von Kursen für Absolventen und Studenten über afrikanische und afro-karibische Schriftsysteme unterrichtet. Darüber hinaus hat er Ausstellungen zu zeitgenössischer und afrikanischer Kunst kuratiert und seine eigenen Multimedia-Arbeiten in Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen in New York und Alabama präsentiert. Martínez-Ruiz schloss sein Master- und Doktoratsstudium in der Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte an der Yale University im Jahr 2004 ab. Von 2002 bis 2004 war er außerordentlicher Professor an der Rhode Island School of Design und trat 2004 in die Stanford-Abteilung für Kunst und Kunstgeschichte ein und 2013 die Abteilung für Geschichte und Theorie der Kunst an der Michaelis School of Fine Art der Universität von Kapstadt.
Martínez-Ruiz recently published a book on systems of graphic writing in central Africa and Cuba titled ‘Kongo Graphic Writing and Other Narratives of the Sign’, Temple University Press, 2013 (English) and ‘El Colegio de México’, 2012 (Spanish). Other books include a reframing of the work of Afro-British artist, Faisal Abdu’Allah (‘Faisal Abdu’Allah: On the Art of Dislocation’), Atlantic Center of Modern Art Press, 2012 and ‘Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds’, Yale University Press, 2007, for which he received the College Art Association Alfred H. Barr Award. Current curatorial projects include ‘Things that Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive’, an exhibition and publication on themes of creolization, hybridity and syncretism in the work of Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles and traveling to the Frost Art Museum, Miami in the fall of 2013 and winter 2015, and ‘Digital Objects: A Retrospective of Chuck Close’, an exhibition and publication examining the work of American artist Chuck Close that will open at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in the Canary Islands in early 2015. Furthermore, appointed senior editor in 2013 of the ‘Cuban Studies Magazine’ at the Institute of Afro-Latin American Studies, Harvard University and from 2015 – 2017 selected as researcher for the ‘Pacific Standard Time Initiative’ at The Getty Research Institute, and guest curator at the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles California
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