Gatekeeping Africa by Sharlene Khan

Sharlene Khan sets up a discourse for looking at ‘contemporary’ African art, in particular from a curatorial perspective, seeking to challenge the role of Western curators taking on the job of selecting African works and taking them to the world stage. This is a comparative text calling upon Edward Said”s idea of the intellectual and curators to seriously consider the implications of their role as intellectuals in contemporary culture. This article has been structured in a way that considers ‘representation and responsibility’ and moves on to discuss ‘accountability’. Major factors which are examined are the problems with contemporary/craft representations in taking African art to western audiences as well as issues surrounding race, education, ethnicity and questions the morality of such curatorial procedures.

http://www.artlink.com.au/articles/2959/gatekeeping-africa/

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