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The Otolith Group Cine Sahel Cinegeometries Of Cinemafricana 2024 Working Title Detail Courtesy And Copyright The Artists The Otolith Group Cine Sahel Cinegeometries Of Cinemafricana 2024 Working Title Detail Courtesy And Copyright The Artists

Cine-Sahel (Cinegeometries of Cinemafricana)

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If Pan-Africanism opens the political horizon of Africa’s modernity, then its borderless imagination is best envisioned in cinema’s Africanas. In a new work commissioned for the major exhibitions on Pan-Africanism at the Art Institute, the British duo Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of the Otolith Group have conceived a mural that studies the films directed by Senegalese filmmakers Ousmane Sembène and Djibril Diop Mambéty between 1963 and 2003. Picture a mural that montages the spaces, bodies, faces, forms, gestures, expressions, geometries, and geographies of the cinematic Sahel imagined and invented by Mambéty and Sembène.

Cine-Sahel (Cinegeometries of Cinemafricana) is curated by Antawan I. Byrd, associate curator of Photography and Media, Art Institute of Chicago, and assistant professor of Art History, Northwestern University; Adom Getachew, Professor of Political Science and Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity, University of Chicago; and Matthew S. Witkovsky, vice president for strategic art initiatives and Sandor Chair of Photography and Media, Art Institute of Chicago.

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