Now Look Here

The African Art of Appearance


Grazia, from the series Albus, 2013 © Justin Dingwall_ Courtesy ARTCO Gallery, Germany
From January 25, 2020 until February 23, 2020
The pop-up exhibition Now Look Here – The African Art of Appearance, in Amsterdam North will present the work of eighteen African artists who use outward appearances to tell a deeply rooted story. They upend perceptions of Africa through the use of irony, beauty and style.
The presentation Black Spring: Beauty in Exile, curated by Azu Nwagbogu, founder/director of the African Arts Foundation, will connect the African diaspora in Europe to the main exhibition. Nwagbogu stresses the importance of the conversations and collaborations between artists that are fostered by diasporic condition. Two artists, Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa/The Netherlands) and Raquel van Haver (Colombia/The Netherlands), will present commissioned work that responds to the exhibition.
“Appearance for Africans goes beyond identity politics, it is a radical statement of resistance. Resistance to conform and yield to socio-economic circumstances—to adversity, a way of making a mark, of expressing a sense of individuality and solidarity.”
Fortia, 2017 © Lola Keyezua
How I Want to Look Like in the Future, 2019 (c) Stephen Tayo & Jan Hoek
Le Bon Voyage, 2018 © Tabi Bonney
Magadi, 2017 © Osborne Macharia
I am a Lady, 2008 © Mary Sibande
Omar Ibn Said, Série Diaspora, 2015 © Omar Victor Diop _ Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A