Final Thoughts on 'The Global Africa Project'

The Global Africa Project was an unprecedented exhibition in its scope and ambition. Do you think it succeeded in its mission? Did it change the way you think about African aesthetics and/or identity? Has seeing it had an effect on how you approach your creative work?
We are keen to hear your thoughts.

Marisa Bartolucci
May 12, 2011 at 8:15pm
Wahala Temi
May 16, 2011 at 4:00am

The Global Africa Project was an unprecedented exhibition in its scope and ambition. Do you think it succeeded in its mission?

Yes. I believe the exhibition and its catalogue were well received in ways its curators hoped to achieve.

Did it change the way you think about African aesthetics and/or identity?

Yes. Even though we live in an age of technology it is still difficult to know the myriad of ways people identify as "African" across the globe. The Global Africa Project sheds some light on the mystery behind this fact.

Has seeing it had an effect on how you approach your creative work?

Since the show just closed, it is too soon to tell if there has been any major effect on how I approach my work thus far. The size and scope of the show leaves room for much meditation and critical thinking for years to come.

Thanks for introducing AFRIKEA to the world and keep up the good work!

Serge Mouangue
May 16, 2011 at 9:33am

I wonder what work would have been selected if the exhibition was held somewhere in
Motherland. I wonder what would have been the domestic feedback to it. A selection from the US was made. So interesting. This exhibition tells me even more than I thought it would. The key is not the works themselves, but the selection.

Janet Goldner
May 16, 2011 at 10:15am

I am very pleased that my work is included in this wide ranging show and that the show will continue as it travels to other venues. Thanks!

Janet Goldner
http://www.janetgoldner.com

David Humphries
May 16, 2011 at 5:34pm

Even though I was not able to see the exhibition in person, going through the book showed me how great The Global Africa Project was. Everyone in the hair industry appreciates the exhibition for recognizing hair as art. I do believe it succeeded in its mission, with its wide range of culture, creativity and history.

David Humphries
Hair Wars U.S. Tour

Ruth Omabegho
May 19, 2011 at 10:02am

The show was a revelation in many ways.That it brought together and showcased so many contemporary African artists working in such a broad variety of media was amazing.The work of
some of these artists had never been exposed to the American audience and possibly never would
be without the opportunity this show provided.
Another "by-product" was the opportunity for the artists themselves to interact and to view each
other's work. There were many surprises...Compliments to the vision and hard work of the curators.
It was a great achievement.

CHERYL R. RILEY
May 20, 2011 at 6:19pm

I, like many African-American artists and designers, have always been inspired by the cultures, art, craft, patterns, architecture and peoples of Africa. Being outside the continent gave me an unbiased as well as less educated eye which allows me great freedom. Being in the GAP gave me a real appreciation for how so many artists, not all of whom are of the African Diaspora, draw inspiration or make aesthetic choices that are born in Africa. Like the continent, the show was a bazaar; a cross-pollination of ancient, present and future time with no regard to gender, disciplines or materials.

There were new discoveries each of the five times I visited the show. I saw something I had missed every time--sometimes within the very same work of art. I saw the kinships that Lowery and Leslie were illuminating as they installed the show. I marveled that they had a modern "hunter's shirt" next to my mirror. Hanging shamanistic objects on my furniture was generated from the Museum of African Art exhibit, "Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals", where I first saw this rare artifact. That they 'got' it when they saw my mirror demonstrates their brilliance.

How the show will effect my creative work is something I am looking forward to experiencing as I absorb the show into my unconscious and it reveal its influence over time.