"A major exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, featuring over fifty works from public and private collections". February 7 - April 6, 2013555 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 T. 212.741.1111 F. 212.741.9611 email@example.com Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6See More
"Designing Africa: Appropriating Culture, Mediums, and Meanings" presents a survey of the vital yet often under-appreciated emerging tendencies in contemporary design on the African continent. With a particular focus on Nigeria, "Designing Africa" examines the work of a diverse group of artists in the country who explore the multifarious avenues of the design field, including product design, furniture design, graphic design, typography, and constructed surfaces. While their practices span wide…See More
founded in 2010 as both entity and collective, thanksthanksafrica addresses aesthetic, endemic, social and political issues concerning africa and the human condition, in relation to all of her relatives: asia, europe, s/america, usa...in connection to now.
THANKSTHANKSAFRICA was created to question the location of where difference lies or who indeed names another 'the other'. Using the platform of theatrical even comical pedagogy (albeit with seriousness of inquiry and research) carried out by a group of Africans, all of whom are fictitious, we declare our concept of 'we are each other's another' as a sure death to the 'otherness' assigned to fixed groups. Our past 'manifestos' and upcoming 'tutorials' are exercises in well-researched pedagogic jokingness put out by THANKSTHANKSAFRICA on the grave earthly matters of human relations. The writings here have since extended beyond that first aim. But then again, it has always been our aim to be discursive. It has always been part of our aim too to engage the object from the expanded space. Without forfeiting the critical and at the same time declaring a human's right to be ridiculous, we poop on the notion, the prevalent notion of 'races' and its insinuations and its contempt and its sham status; we poop too on the corresponding sham of its so-called victims to play the object; we reject the old bogeying currently in practice as same old same old. We declare ourselves implicated in all things human, interested, detached and observing. We move the question of difference from its 'racial' locale and declare it to be individual, widespread and shared all over. To us, difference exists on an individual level, in that otherness of the individual's attempt to exist, understand, and live in his or her world.
"I let people know: you think that you have it hard, I had it very hard. I had to explain to people why I wasn’t black and why I was black. I had to do double the work. I was black, I had albinism, I was gay, I was open. Oooh child, it was…