Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present
Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present features works by artists from Africa and the Diaspora who problematize Eurocentric tropes of race, representation and prevailing colonial narratives. The exhibition addresses the violent erasure of marginalized histories and the ways in which artists reinterpret familiar themes through contemporary, Afrocentric lenses. As the rich resources of the African continent continue to be coveted by powers around the globe, the selected works, including photography, mixed media, virtual reality, sculpture, and a site-specific installation, speak to the ways in which outside interventions have deeply affected both the people and the landscape. Featured artists include Sammy Baloji, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Omar Victor Diop, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mary Sibande, and Pascale Marthine Tayou.
The exhibition is timed to coincide with the establishment of Rice’s newly formed Center for African and African American Studies (CAAS) and scheduled to be on view during Houston’s FotoFest Biennial 2020 - African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other, opening in March.