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Africa Comics exhibit opens tonight

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Crap, here’s one more AWESOME comics event taking place tonight which sounds really groundbreaking:

November 15, 2006 – March 18, 2007
Africa Comics The first-ever exhibition of comic art from Africa comes to The Studio Museum in Harlem

A new generation of African artists is expressing itself through a medium most Americans associate with superheroes and funny pages. Using comics, this talented group depicts the rage, desperation, hope, and humor of daily life in Africa. In partnership with Africa e Mediterraneo, a non-profit organization based in Bologna, Italy, The Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to present Africa Comics, the first-ever exhibition in the United States dedicated exclusively to comic art from across the continent. The work, which addresses issues as wide-ranging as corruption, human rights, immigration, and the plight of women, provides an unprecedented glimpse into modern Africa.

As a project, Africa Comics was developed by Africa e Mediterraneo in 2001. The organization had just completed a series of projects and publications centering on African contemporary art as a way of establishing cross-cultural communication between Italy and Africa. Comic art presented itself as an ideal medium by which to address the wide range of social and political issues facing Africa—including refugees, public health, political conflicts, poverty, oppression, tribal traditions, and religion—from the point of view of its citizens. Africa e Mediterraneo then held a series of competitions and exhibitions that would include the work of prominent African comics artists (many of whom live in Europe), including T.T. Fons of Senegal and Gado of Tanzania, as well as unknown artists who brought new perspectives, ideas, and artistic styles to the field.

Africa Comics includes 32 artists or 2-person artists’ teams from all over the continent of Africa, including Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Togo. Africa Comics is co-curated by Sandra Federici, Thelma Golden, Andrea Marchesini Reggiani, and Mary Angela Schroth.

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