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What to See: In the Black Fantastic

Eleven contemporary African artists come together for this show bringing a mixture of painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography to the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery until the 18th of September.

Myth, science fiction, spiritual traditions and the legacy of Afrofuturism are all sampled, reimagined and re-contextualised in In the Black Fantastic.

Encompassing painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media installations, the exhibition creates immersive aesthetic experiences that bring the viewer into a new environment somewhere between the real world and a multiplicity of imagined ones. While some artists disrupt our understanding of the past, others invite us to imagine fantastical futures. In this exhibition, fantasy becomes a zone of creative and cultural liberation and a means of addressing racism and social injustice by conjuring new ways of being in the world.

In the Black Fantastic is curated by Ekow Eshun and features the artists Nick Cave, Sedrick Chisom, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, Wangechi Mutu, Rashaad Newsome, Chris Ofili, Tabita Rezaire, Cauleen Smith, Lina Iris Viktor and Kara Walker.

The Southbank Centre

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