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When We See Us : A Century of Black Figuration in Painting (2024)

£45.00

ISBN: 9780500025888
Artist(s): Tandazani Dhlakama, Ken Bugul, Robin Coste Lewis, Bill Kouelany, Maaza Mengiste
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2024
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Total Pages: 336
Illustrations: 241 in colour

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A Sunday Times Art Book of the Year: a major study of Black figurative art from Africa and the African diaspora, covering 100 years from the early 20th century to now. Published to accompany a major exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, this book presents a comprehensive exploration of Black self representation through portraiture and figuration, celebrating Black subjectivity and Black consciousness from Pan-African and Pan-Diasporic perspectives. With a primary focus on representational painting, When We See Us celebrates how artists from Africa and the African diaspora have imagined, positioned, memorialized and asserted African and African diasporic experiences during a 100-year period spanning from the early 20th century to the present.

The publication demonstrates how generations of artists throughout the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st have critically engaged with multiple notions of Blackness and Africanity. Figurative painting by Black artists has risen to a new prominence in the field of contemporary art over the last decade. This timely and revelatory publication and exhibition will highlight the many ways in which artists have contributed to the critical discourse on topics such as Pan-Africanism, the Civil Rights Movement, African Liberation and Independence movements, the Anti-Apartheid and Black Consciousness mobilisations, Decoloniality and Black Lives Matter.

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