London

“The Other Story”

Hayward Gallery

Though this exhibition, subtitled “Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain,” was initiated by Rasheed Araeen almost ten years ago, it is curiously appropriate that it should finally come to fruition at this particular moment. The recent exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, entitled “Magiciens de la terre,” demonstrated the current surge of Western interest in non-Western contemporary art. What Araeen illustrates is that despite this interest, artists of African and Asian descent who live in Western capitals are falling through the cracks. After exhibiting primarily white artists for generations, our galleries and museums suddenly seem eager to exhibit work from Africa and other previously marginalized arenas. Meanwhile, however, black and Asian artists living in the West are passed over. “Magiciens” did not include a single African-American artist (though Araeen himself, a

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