North African modernities: myth stripped bare

Press, M.C. 2009. North African modernities: myth stripped bare. Matatu: journal for African culture and society. 36 (1), pp. 239-253.

TitleNorth African modernities: myth stripped bare
AuthorsPress, M.C.
Abstract

This article examines how 'tradition' and 'modernity' in the postcolonial condition are negotiated in the famous travelling exhibition Africa Remix. The author focuses on what she calls the 'myth-making' display that operates in the works of the video artists Zineb Sedira and Zoulika Bouabdellah included in the exhibition. The artists, both of Algerian origin, utilize the technique of subverting cultural objects and icons - such as voiles, flags, and the concept of the freedom fighter - which, by way of appropriation and mimicry, returns the gaze of Europe and at the same time questions ethnic and family linkages.

JournalMatatu: journal for African culture and society
Journal citation36 (1), pp. 239-253
ISSN0932-9714
Year2009
PublisherEditions Rodopi
Web address (URL)http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rodopi/matat/2009/00000036/00000001/art00018
Publication dates
Published2009

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