IAS Book Launch: ‘In the World’ by Ashraf Jamal – In Conversation with Tamar Garb

Friday 5th October 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, University College London (UCL), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) is delighted to welcome Ashraf Jamal for the book launch of ‘In the World’. This is a collection of essays, focused on 24 South African artists, designed to reconfigure the national narrative within a broader African and global context.

An inclusive exercise in cultural analysis, this book deals with the gravitas and folly of identity politics, the boom of so-called African art, and the fetish and fascination with a global Esperanto. Designed to provoke thought and feeling, it is hoped that this collection of essays on South African art will reach a wide audience. The book’s strength lies in its diversity of focus and cultural frameworks. It offers no defining system or divining rod. Rather, it is hoped that this book will provide a healthy contribution to an already thriving debate regarding the value and purpose of contemporary art, the on-going significance of the decolonising project, and the importance of art from Africa in the global pantheon.

You can purchase the book here: http://www.skira.net/en/books/in-the-world#

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