Panel Discussion: Looking to Africa: Cultural Patronage and Artistic Legacy

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Contemporary artists from Africa and the African Diaspora have a long artistic history that is often truncated in favour of a market zeitgeist, that is, contemporary African art as a trend. Where global interest in contemporary African art has notably increased in more recent years, having found itself cast as an emerging market, we mustn’t be quick to gloss
over the pivotal role individuals continue to play within this chain of events. A central aim of the panel will be for discussants to shed light on encounters and projects developed withpractitioners based on the continent over the last 15 years.

The discussants will work to consider this enquiry through the lens of their knowledge contributing to artist presentation and commercial exhibition, intellectual discourse, and in supporting artistic trajectories through channels of patronage and collecting.

The panel will include contributions from Hassan Hajjaj (Artist) , Zoe Whiteley (Curator, Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain and Curator, International art at the Tate Modern), Touria El Glaoui (Founding Director, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair), and Maria Varnava (Director, Tiwani Contemporary, London). The panel will be convened by Koyo Kouoh (RAW Material Company, Dakar).

Course dates

14 - 15 July 2016

9.30am - 5.30pm

Christie's King Street

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