Gatekeeping Africa

Politics is everywhere; there can be no escape into the realms of pure art and thought or, for that matter, into the realm of disinterested objectivity or transcendental theory. African art has, since the 1980s, gained ground in the Western contemporary artworld. Large-scale shows featuring African art have set the stage for portrayals of a postcolonial Africa. This is not an easy task when one has to negotiate a minefield of myths and fallacies about a place; even more so, when one seriously considers the reality that it is an entire continent of 53 countries filled with hundreds of cultures, religions, languages, traditions, politics and histories.

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