Contemporary African Portraiture

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Shariat Collections

The group exhibition Contemporary African Portraiture. Shariat Collections at Kunsthalle Krems focuses on figurative contemporary art from Africa. It presents the flourishing pictorial practice of the African continent in a global perspective.

Empowerment, body positivity, and a new self-confidence inform the work of the artists. Figures and portraiture are the preferred genres, through which they address themes such as the self, those around you, the family, and scenes from everyday life. African culture, identity, fashion, and lifestyle are also the subject of colorful artistic exploration.

Presented in the exhibition are fifteen artists, many of whom were born in Africa, which still serves as the starting point for their art production today. Others live and work in Europe and the US.

One of the most important representatives is Amoako Boafo from Ghana. His portraits are expressionist icons of self-confident people from the Black and People of Color community.

Tanzanian-native Everlyn Nicodemus is the grande dame of contemporary African painting. Her expressive, bold colors are a painterly voice she uses to come to terms with her cultural trauma.

Also on view are works by Cornelius Annor, Crystal Yayra Anthony, Souleimane Barry, Alexandre Diop, Basil Kincaid, Turiya Magadlela, Wangari Mathenge, Christopher Myers, Afia Prempeh, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Josie Love Roebuck, and Tesfaye Urgessa.

The works on display are drawn from the collection of brothers Amir and Shahrokh Shariat.

Curator: Florian Steininger

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