“Africa Remix”

Centre Pompidou

According to Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, art made in Africa since the end of colonialism is not necessarily postcolonial, but most of the works in “Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent,” shown this summer in Paris following appearances in Düsseldorf and London, fit the bill. For Appiah, that prefix post- indicates not merely a temporal, historical division, but also an inherent critique of the hierarchical power structures of colonialism, much as postmodernism critiques and subverts the grand illusions and metanarratives of modernism. The art in “Remix” provokes reflections on the complicated nature of Africa, a hybrid, syncretic continent of political instabilities and rampant cultural changes.

Such a colossal exhibition of twentiethcentury African art abroad is rivaled in size and consequence only by Okwui Enwezor’s 2001–2002 “The Short Century: Independence and

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