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.”