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This site features essays, blog posts, exhibition reviews and other commentaries examining the cultural geographies of museums, galleries, heritage and the arts, researched and written by Carol Ann Dixon, Ph.D.
Benin Art: Yesterday and Today, Palais de la Marina, Cotonou, February-May 2022
A major exhibition marking the return of 26 artworks stolen from Benin 130 years ago by French colonial forces opened to the public at the Palais de la Marina, Cotonou, on 19 February 2022. The exhibits at the centre of the presentation constitute the first tranche of selected historic artworks and sacred objects identified for…
“Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities” – 8th Afroeuropeans Network Conference, Brussels, 22-24 September 2022
The 8th biennial conference of the Afroeuropeans Network will be held in Brussels at the Humanities, Sciences and Engineering campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, 22-24 September 2022. This gathering provides an important space for engaging in dialogues, exchanging ideas, disseminating information and co-producing knowledge pertaining to Black cultures and identities in Europe. It…
Barbara Walker: Place, Space and Who
The highlight of a recent trip to Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, was viewing the exhibition “Place, Space and Who” (18 May – 26 September 2021) by British figurative artist Barbara Walker during its final week on display. This engaging portraiture exhibition featured a series of larger-than-life-sized images of five women and girls from Kent’s…
Theaster Gates will design the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion in London
Chicago-born contemporary visual artist and arts scholar Theaster Gates has been commissioned to design the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London. Since its inception in 2000, the majority of prior pavilion commissions have been awarded to architects. So, Gates makes history as the first artist to receive a solo commission, following only two other…
Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
Dr Carol Ann Dixon’s review of the ‘Sahel’ exhibition (The Met, NYC, 2020). The content focuses primarily on the forms and expressions of material culture that emerged in the western Sahel, spanning key transitional periods from the dawn of ancient Ghana in the 4th century through to the fall of the Segu Empire in 1861.