“Africa State of Mind” Curated by Ekow Eshun at MOAD San Francisco

Girma Berta | Michael Tsegaye

In the only US presentation of the international touring exhibition, Africa State of Mind explores the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent. 15 artists from 11 different countries interrogate ideas of ‘Africanness’ through highly subjective renderings of life and identity, collectively revealing Africa as a psychological space or a ‘state of mind’, as much as a physical territory. 


The exhibition orientates around three main themes – Inner Landscapes, Zones of Freedom and Hybrid Cities. In the show, the modern African city is documented in all its dynamism and contradiction. The fluidity of gender and sexual identity is addressed through compelling portraiture, and the legacy of history, from slavery and colonialism to apartheid, becomes the source of resonant new myths and dreamscapes.


Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission St (at 3rd)

San Francisco, CA 94105

04 September - 15 November 2019


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