Arts + Culture

Inside The Armory Show’s Game-Changing African Focus

The Armory Show’s African Focus section is the way of the future.

Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse, the curators behind the Armory Show's African Perspectives Focus. (Photo: Ginny Suss)
African artists were the heart of New York’s premier art event last week. The Focus section of the 2016 Armory Show, African Perspectives, brought the continent and the diaspora to the center stage of Pier 94. Its curators, Contemporary And co-founders Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, were also the only women to curate an Armory Focus in the section’s seven-year history.

“To be in a space where we’re finally at the epicenter of the conversation, and not in the fringes or in the nooks and the crannies, is really great,” Shariffa Ali, a Kenyan-Ethiopian theater-maker in New York City, tells Okayafrica. “I love being able to walk into a space and see work by my peers and African contemporaries from my left, on my right, in front of me, behind me,” she says. “To be fully immersed is truly an amazing experience.”

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African Artists At London’s "1:54 Art Fair" Rethink Traditions

How do artists at London's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair​ interpret African traditions and their role on the continent in 2015?

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1:54 London: A Preview Of Europe's Leading Contemporary African Art Fair

15 incredible artworks from the 2015 edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London

Omar Victor Diop. Ikhlas Khan, Diaspora series, 2015. Pigment inkjet printing on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper. 120 x 80 cm. Courtesy of Magnin-A, Paris.

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