Curated by the eminent British writer, broadcaster, and curator Ekow Eshun, this major exhibition is produced by New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK and has also traveled to Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK. It presents the work of a new generation of photographers from across Africa, who collectively interrogate ideas of ‘Africanness' through highly subjective renderings of life and identity on the continent. Along the way the sixteen artists from eleven different countries reveal Africa to be a psychological space as much as a physical territory; a state of mind as much as a physical location. This is the only U.S. showing of Africa State of Mind.
Africa State of Mind is a survey of contemporary photography from Africa, featuring fifteen artists working across fashion, film, architecture, and literature. The overall premise considers the work of Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr, who has written about the impact of artists, thinkers, and cultural actors in building bridges between the real and the possible in contemporary Africa.