Exhibition- Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Arts of Africa

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 20 December 2015 — 2 January 2017
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., 18 May 2016 — 2 January 2017

“Senses of Time” invites viewers to consider tensions between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, and bodily and mechanical time. Through pacing, sequencing, looping, layering and mirroring, diverse perceptions of time are embodied and expressed. This focused exhibition brings together a selection of time-based works that address the role of temporality as embodied by the medium itself and as experienced and produced by the body, the senses and the choreographies of memories and identities in motion.

The exhibition features six internationally recognized African artists and examines how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film art. These time-based works by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Sue Williamson repeat, resist and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward. Full bios of each of the artists are available.

For more on the artworks in this exhibition, please see the article “Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Arts of Africa” by Karen E. Milbourne, Mary Nooter Roberts, and Allen F. Roberts in African Arts 48, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 72–84.


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