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Contesting homophobia at Dak’Art, The Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary African Art in Dakar 2014
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies. (Kulturvetenskapliga forskningsgruppen KuFo)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1639-6180
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Homophobia rather than homosexuality came to Africa from the West through colonisation (Mbaye, 2013:110). Today globalisation both fuels homophobic reactions and supports contestations and resistance against it. At Dak’Art 2014, there were several works that contested homophobia and discussed same-sex sexualities. Some of these works were selected by the curators for the international exhibition, and some were part of so called Off-exhibitions, arranged by independent galleries related to, but outside, the actual Biennial. At the independent gallery Raw Material Company there was an Off-exhibition called Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness. This exhibition was closed for security reasons, after having been attacked, on May 12, by a group of religious fundamentalists. The leader of a Senegal-based Islamic organization went on TV to demand the closure of all exhibitions related to homosexuality. However, the artworks at the main exhibition of Dak'Art were left in peace. In my presentation I describe and interpret the works in question and discuss how art at the biennial exhibition was protected by the international attention attributed to this global arena.

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Keyword [en]
Dak'Art, Homophobia, African Art
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Visual Arts
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38981OAI: diva2:892247
Present’s disjunctive unity. Constructing and deconstructing histories of contemporary cultural and aesthetic practices. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, November 26th – 28th, 2015.
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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