n Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - Constructing consciousness : Diasporic remembrances and imagining Africa in late modernity

Volume 17, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-0046



Several simultaneous aesthetic movements have emerged in the African Diaspora that critically explore and reference Africa to address the questions of 'history, migrations and trans-national practices'. This paper critically examines some of these recent processes of deploying and displaying particular African aesthetic forms in North American museums to raise questions about the re-telling of Africa's past in the Western museum. <br>The paper also seeks to explore the new deployments that diasporic blacks, who are revisiting, exploring and evoking Africa, are evolving in the process of making art. Art that nourishes the act of becoming, articulating new identities and forging new meanings of existence that extends the meanings and identities of the black self even as they speak from a particular place, history, and experience.

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