Hannover

Paulo Nazareth, untitled, 2015, C-print, 71⁄8 × 9 1⁄2". From “Beyond the Black Atlantic.”

Paulo Nazareth, untitled, 2015, C-print, 71⁄8 × 9 1⁄2". From “Beyond the Black Atlantic.”

Hannover

“Beyond the Black Atlantic”

Kunstverein Hannover
Sophienstraße 2
February 15–April 26, 2020

Curated by Kathleen Rahn and Sergey Harutoonian

More than twenty-five years ago, Paul Gilroy devised the term “Black Atlantic” to argue that the movement of ideas, cultures, and bodies across the Atlantic during and after slavery was central to the making of transnational, hybrid modernity—and cultural and postcolonial studies have never been the same since. In February, “Beyond the Black Atlantic” at Kunstverein Hannover will attempt to demonstrate how four contemporary “black” artists have exemplified, responded to, or even transcended Gilroy’s ideas. The exhibition will feature roughly thirty works by Sandra Mujinga, Paulo Nazareth, Tschabalala Self, and Kemang Wa Lehulere, artists from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, the United States, and South Africa, respectively. Less clear is how their diverse practices—Mujinga’s performances and stitched sculptures, Nazareth’s video and photo works, Self’s laser-cuts and collaged paintings, and Wa Lehulere’s constructions from salvaged stuff—operate beyond Gilroy’s theory.