Artists from Africa show history is more than straightforward succession of events

Contested Terrains exhibits recent work of 4 artists working in Africa
10th August 2011: History is more than a straightforward succession of events and the present remains contested terrain — that’s exactly what the artists from Africa are showing.
Featuring four artists working in Africa, Contested Terrains is an exhibition of their recent work. It salvages and challenges assumptions about Africa’s past and present; and explores the current political and social concerns at the domestic and global levels.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Tate Modern, London and
the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA). It is supported by Guaranty Trust Bank.

On from 29th July to 16 October 2011, the exhibition by Kader Attia, Sammy Baloji, Michael MacGarry and Adolphus Opara is being presented in the Level 2 Gallery — Tate Modern’s dedicated space for emerging and recently established international artists.

Tate Modern says: `Contested Terrains features four artists working in Africa who explore and subvert narratives about the past and present…..

`Their interest in the construction of cultural narratives is reflected in their engagement with the aesthetics of museum or gallery display. Whether interrogating collections or archives, or playing with the conventions of portraiture or the showcase, each underlines the fact that the museum itself is a space where ideas and ideologies are asserted and questioned.

`The works in this exhibition are loosely grouped into three sections. Opara’s photographic portraits and MacGarry’s ossuary reveal traditional and contemporary value systems in dialogue and under pressure.

`Attia’s slide installation, positioned alongside MacGarry’s hybrid sculptures, explores different approaches to grafting and repair. Baloji’s photomontages consider the remnants and realities of industrialisation and global trade.

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