This discussion focuses on issues relating to the practices of contemporary artists and curators of the black diaspora.



It addresses shifts and changes in exhibition practice and collecting activity, looking at the representation of artists and curators from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. It asks the question ‘Where are we now?’ in terms of art, artists, institutional practices and global trends. It looks at changing exhibition media and places of exhibition and will also aim to identify some of the key issues of the immediate future. The event features three leading international curators. New York-based curator Thelma Golden who, from her landmark show Black Male at the 1993 Whitney Biennial through to her subsequent work at the Studio Museum In Harlem, has made a major contribution to changing the ways in which art of the black diaspora is seen and shown. Her show Chris Ofili: Afro Muses 1995–2005 is on now at The Studio Museum In Harlem. Cameroonian novelist and curator Simon Njami organised Africa Remix, the major exhibition of art of the African continent which was at London’s Hayward Gallery earlier this year. Njami is the editor of Revue Noire a publication devoted to black art and literature. He is mainly based in France. David A Bailey is an independent curator and writer based in London. He has worked on major international exhibitions such as the ICA’s Mirage season in 1995 and Rhapsodies In Black: Art From The Harlem Renaissance in 1997 at the Hayward Gallery. His current projects include the exhibition Back To Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary, which is on show at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and the initiative, with the organisation PLATFORM, to produce a living public memorial in London honouring the artist-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. Chaired by Dominic Willsdon (Tate Modern and Royal College of Art). Part of Africa 05. In collaboration with the Curating Contemporary Art Department at the Royal College of Art as part of Africa 05.