THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE presents a trio of artists at the 5th edition of the 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fair in Marrakech from February 8 to 11.
THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE is a global contemporary art gallery with locations in Luanda and Lisbon, Portugal. It specializes in representing and working alongside both emerging and established artists, with a primary emphasis on stories related to the African continent and its diaspora.
The group show will feature artists Cássio Markowski, Cristiano Mangovo, and Samuel Nnorom, aiming to promote conversations about shared colonial histories and decolonial themes.
Brazilian artist Cássio Markowski, born in 1972, creates art based on Afro-Brazilian history, using materials from archives and flea markets. His art navigates the intersections of autobiography and fiction, weaving together the political with the poetic, and merging the realms of the theatrical with the dreamlike. Markowski’s work explores cultural identity, traditions, and the natural world.
Cristiano Mangovo, born in 1982, is an Angolan artist whose work draws on urban life’s realities. He advocates for the protection of the vulnerable and creates equitable societies. Mangovo’s work has been recognized globally, receiving awards like the Mirella Antognoli Prize and the Angolan ENSA Art Prize.
Samuel Nnorom, born in Nigeria in 1990, is a Nigerian artist who uses textile recycling and sociological insights to create visual allegories of society’s fabric. His work encourages self-reflection and critical analysis of socio-political frameworks. Nnorom earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Jos and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
For this 2024 edition, the initiative is focused on examining the impacts of colonialism and the contributions of the African diaspora. It aims to weave a new narrative in modern art history through dedicated curatorial work, in-depth scholarly research, and insightful documentary practices. This concerted effort creates a vibrant mosaic of cultural discourse, showcasing the participating artists’ roles in shaping a multifaceted narrative.
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