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18:00 - 20:00 23 November 2017

The Politics of Exhibiting Culture and Displaying African Art


Institute of Advanced Studies CG | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, Speaker, University of Cape Town, Bárbaro Martinez-Ruiz is the Head of Department for the Department of Art History & Discourse of Art at the University of Cape Town. He is also a Leverhulme Visiting Professor, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Senior Fellow at St. Anthony's College.

This lecture addresses the global debate over Western representations of African and African diaspora art with special attention to the manner in which aesthetic concepts, museum politics, art display, colonialism, identity practices and nationalism intersect across global disaspora. It will question 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).


Maria del Carmen Wyke
+44 (0) 2072092324 | m.wyke@ucl.ac.uk