Mohau Modisakeng at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Mohau Modisakeng will be included in the upcoming exhibition – ‘Ex Africa’, at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition will open on the 20th of January, and run until March 26th 2018.

Bringing together dozens of names that attract international attention, but are little known in Brazil – as well as two Afro-Brazilian artists – the exhibit offers a look into the dilemmas and challenges of the continent today.

The major CCBB exhibition is composed of more than eighty works, including paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and performances, with a privileged space for photography.

“Photography may be, next to sculpture, the main highlight of African art today, especially in South Africa, whose photographers, I believe, are among the most original in the world,” said German curator Alfons Hug.

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Dan Halter at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

WHATIFTHEWORLD is please to announce that Dan Halter’s work is included in the exhibition Baggage Claims, which was first exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art last year. The exhibition will now travel to its second location at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina, where it will open on the 26th of January at 18h30.

Baggage transports and holds our belongings, and by implication our thoughts. As objects, trunks, suitcases, luggage, and crates suggest the extreme mobility of our global culture. As ideas, in this exhibition, they refer to the humanitarian and political concerns that instigate this mobility and that dominate national and international conversation and policy. The term baggage also carries a psychological meaning: things that encumber one’s freedom, progress, or development.

Baggage Claims presents its featured artworks through the lens of global mobility. This mobility is the result of political, economic, and natural and social conditions. It affects broad sectors of the population, through the benign commodification of hospitality (think Airbnb) to the horrific displacement of millions of immigrants and refugees as a result of crises occurring around the globe. Each work in the exhibition suggests multiple readings. On the one hand, each tells the story of individuals: their journeys, suffering and memories, their hopes for possibilities ahead.Simultaneously, they refer to the politics and policies that create and shape those individuals’ experiences: ethnic cleansing, contested borders, lack of social services, and environmental cataclysms. The works in the exhibition—some humorous, others eliciting heartbreak—address both personal experiences and global policies, as well as the consequences and catalysts of mobility.

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