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Documenta11, plus a roster of participating artists

Anyone who knows anything about Documenta11 knows that the theme of this year’s rendition of the quinquennial blockbuster is globalism. But these days globalism can mean a lot of things, most of which have to do with economic multinationalism and reactionary geopolitical alliances. So what does the term mean to artistic director Okwui Enwezor, and how has he made it the basis for this sprawling, much-hyped, and notoriously Eurocentric art event? The just-released roster of artists in this year’s exhibition, which opens in Kassel, Germany, on June 8, provides the beginnings of an answer: In previous Documentas, 80 to 90 percent of the artists were natives of NATO countries; this time the percentage is about half that.

As the first non-European director of Documenta, Nigeria-born Enwezor (who also orga-nized the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale) brings to the operation a wholly different optic.

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