The article “Post-Post-Black?” unfolds two aspects with which contemporary black artists and academics are confronted: the prevailing racism and stereotypes about the work by black artists and scholars, and the advanced scholarship and artistic practices that try to dispose discourses of identity in order to embrace more universal subjects. Two currently used terms that are applied to describe black artists—post-black and Afropolitan—are discussed from a perspective that questions their universal applicability and raises attention to the heterotemporal aspects of being black. Heterotemporal refers to the synchronicity of being black in the contemporary, which includes ideology, space, time, and history. This history is inescapable because, however advanced the scholarship may become, it has to connect to the context in which it is performed as well as embrace the fact that this paradox of prevailing racism and ignorance is one of the most challenging tasks for future black artists and academics.
Research Article|November 01 2016
Nana Adusei-Poku is a research professor in cultural diversity at Rotterdam University and lecturer in media arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich. As the 2015 Curatorial Fellow at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, she co-curated the exhibition NO HUMANS INVOLVED.
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 80-89.
Nana Adusei-Poku; Post-Post-Black?. Nka 1 November 2016; 2016 (38-39): 80–89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-3641711
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