Athena Asks - Costa Petridis with host Alayo Akinkugbe

Athena Art Foundation

23-06-2022 • 30分

Alayo Akinkugbe, the Nigerian art historian and figure behind @blackhistoryofart, interviews Dr Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art and Chair of the Department of Arts of Africa and the America at the Art Institute of Chicago. They focus on his new exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art, which challenges  Western framing of this art through the lens of modernist Primitivism, presenting it instead through ideas about beauty indigenous to the African communities which have produced it.  They also discuss the exhibition in terms of current debates about restitution.