For some, the title suggests Wild Life and and vast landscapes, for others the very famous children’s book by Canadian author Willard Price from 1963. But the postscript already makes it clear that a whole series of prominent positions from and about contemporary African art are gathered here – this mainly in the medium of photography.
At the Documenta in Kassel in 2002, Okwui Enwezor, who was born in Nigeria, managed confidently to combine current positions from Africa on an equal footing with the art that was internationally popular at the time. Artists from African countries and the African diaspora thus moved into the focus of the Western art world. Today, arists such as Zanele Muholi, Pieter Hugo and Guy Tillim are major figures in contemporary art. The exhibition in the Kunstverein Eislingen also shows the approach to the continent from a European perspective, e.g. conveyed in early travel images (Dieter Blum), in the imagination of African cultures (Wolfgang Gäfgen) or in the portraits of internationally renowned African artists (Marcus Neufanger).
Curator: Christian Gögger
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