Of Africa is a multiplatform and multiyear project aimed at rethinking historical and contemporary representations of Africa.
On the 25th anniversary of the exhibition Into the Heart of Africa - which revealed deep social, political and racial gaps between the institutional perception of what constituted the “museum public” and the actual complexity of Ontario’s and Toronto’s society – the ROM welcomes a reflection on different ways to present and interpret images, ideas, and histories from Africa and its diaspora. This symposium aims to reconfigure the museum as a place of dialogue and discussion that can contribute in affecting or changing our habits of thinking and seeing.
Of Africa Promo: $10 plus HST/day
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Doors open at 10 am
PANEL 4: Canonical understanding and politics of representation
Analyzing historical and contemporary collections and discourses the panel questions the political dimension of ownership, canon building, and display.
Speakers: Christa Clarke, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Ciraj Rassool.
Moderartor: Warren Crichlow
PANEL 5: African curatorial networks
Curatorial projects originating from Africa highlight the global dimension of creativity and knowledge production and communication.
Speakers: Bisi Silva, Mekerm Assegued, Dominique Malaquais.
Moderator: Elizabeth Harney
Performance 4:30 - 5:15 pm
Performance by Nástio Mosquito: African, I Guess
Immersive spoken-word multimedia performance which flirts with African stereotypes in Western contexts through lyric and ironic provocations.
Performer, Nástio Mosquito, is a multimedia and performance artist who often uses himself as a central figure through which to question his own role as well as that of the audience.
More Of Africa Programming
This program is supported by the William Thorsell Forum Fund.
With Thanks to:
The Power Plant
The University of Toronto, Departments of Comparative Literature, African Studies
The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre