INCARNATIONS - African Art as Philosophy at Bozar

​​​​​​​IncarNations is an exhibition created by the South African artist Kendell Geers in dialogue with the Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo.


ZANELE MUHOLI, Sibusiso, Cagliari, courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg
Until October 6, 2019
IncarNations is an exhibition created by the South African artist Kendell Geers in dialogue with the Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo. A fascinating initiative that reflects the diversity of the African artistic heritage, from an Afrocentric point of view and including the itineraries of slaves, colonialism and independence movements.
As the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne stresses: "Ethnographic museums are a negation of art because they prevent the objects on display from really looking at us. Because ethnography is constituted, at its colonial origins, as a science of what is radically other, it is in its nature to fabricate strangeness, otherness, separateness". Taken from Sindika Dokolo's impressive collection, the works of African artists enter into dialogue with those of the diaspora while contemporary works will be displayed alongside classical works. Incarnations looks at African art as a living philosophical practice.
Works by Nick Cave, William Kentridge, Tracey Rose, Wangechi Mutu, Otobong Nkanga, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ana Mendieta, Kehinde Wiley, Andres Serrano, Aida Muluneh, Mwangi Hutter, Hank Willis Thomas, Tracey Rose, Adrian Piper, Lubaina Himid, Roger Ballen, Zanele Muholi, Phyllis Galembo and many others.
IncarNations - African Art as Philosophy
Bozar, Brussels
Until 6 October, 2019
Mano Mask. Republic of Côte d'Ivoire © Paso Doble - studio Philippe de Formanoir
Copyright Yinka Shonibare CBE Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; James Cohan Gallery, New York.
Kendell Geers, Twilight of the Idols (Fetish)2, 2002. Copyright courtesy of the artist
Kwele Ngon mask, Gabon. Backdrop: Believe by Kendell Geers © Paso Doble – studio Philippe de Formanoir