The multiplicity of multiplicities – Post-Black Art and its intricacies
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N. Adusei-Poku | Article | Publication date: 29 November 2012
Blackness was and is en vogue in the beginning of the 21st century, not only in popular culture but also in the arts. This article aims to explore the difficulties and intricacies of the idea of post-black art and its curatorial legacy, which was introduced as a curatorial concept in 2001. Additionally, it examines the option of opening up the debate into a wider discourse of identity politics, their various meanings, limitations and promises for the contemporary. The article is framed by a series of questions that are fundamental to understanding the complexity of the idea of post-black. I will foreground the discussion with the general considerations ‘What is post-black art?’ and ‘What is meant by ‘black’ in post-black art?’ Next I will examine the circumstances that have lead to the introduction of post-black art. Connected to this question is the query “why now?”, because post-black as a concept has not only provoked a discussion of identity formation in art-practice but also in the US national debate about Blackness – the arrival of this debate in Europe is marked by the current issue of darkmatter.
Author(s) - affiliated with Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences