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Press Release: A Fiction of Authenticity
at Carnegie Mellon University
Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Free and open to the public
Aug. 20–Oct. 3, 2004
Sept. 10, Fri. 5-8pm:
Reception with Artist's Talks, Special Performances, and Demonstrations
A Fiction of Authenticity featured new work by:Siemon Allen (South Africa/New York)
A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad presented new work by 11 contemporary African and African Diaspora artists who worked and lived in Europe and the United States. The exhibition highlighted an accomplished young generation of artists whose conceptually based work explores issues of authenticity and challenges prevailing notions of interculturalism and postcolonial subjectivity. The exhibition presented the artists' responses to social, cultural and aesthetic attitudes developed throughout history, particularly the Western fabrication of an "authentic" Africa. As products of the 1960s and 70s, this generation of young artists challenged the Western expectation regarding "Africanness." Rooted in exile, Diaspora and interculturalism, each artist created a new body of work that transcends limitations of geography, culture, race, ethnicity and nationhood. This exhibition considered each artist's conceptual art practices, international perspectives and recent entrance into the global arena that has created a shift in the way the world considers post-modern/post-colonial art production.
The exhibition debuted in St. Louis in September, 2003, as the premier exhibition of the newly built Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.