TEXTures: Word & Symbol in Contemporary African Art

February 11, 2005 – September 4, 2005

Lo sguardo versa l’ignoto (Glance toward the Unknown), 1985 Photographic still from video installation Collection of the artist, courtesy Sala Uno

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sylvia H. Williams Gallery, Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

The exhibition highlights the creative ways in which 6 contemporary artists combine the acts of writing with a range of media—including calligraphy, transcriptions of archival materials, graphic designs, installation, and photography—to produce dramatic and highly original artistic statements. The artists include Berni Searle, Fathi Hassan, Willem Boshoff, Ghada Amer, Berry Bickle, and Rachid Koraichi—several of whom exhibited in the 2001 Venice Biennale.