Kendell Geers curates 'IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy’ at Sindika Dokolo Foundation Collection at Palais des Beaux-Arts, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

IncarNations: African Art as Philosophy is an exhibition at Palais des Beaux-Arts, BOZAR, Brussels, which explores the spiritual elements that bind the art of Africa and its diasporas. For this unique exhibition, South-African artist Kendell Geers and Congolese art collector Sindika Dokolo bring together 150 works of art from Dokolo's vast collection. Combining ancient artefacts with contemporary art, the exhibition displays an astonishing variety of art objects, from classical masks and two dimensional works, to sculpture of the present day.

Inspired by the thought of Léopold Sedar Senghor and its analysis by philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Geers and Dokolo take an ‘Afrocentric' approach to the project. Proposing that in order to understand an art object, it is vital to comprehend its cultural and spiritual context, Geers and Dokolo present a vibrant compilation of image, sound and colour. Evoking the dynamic bustle of an African metropolis, the exhibition anchors individual art objects in a lively creative context.

The exhibition includes works by Roger Ballen, Sammy Baloji, Lisa Brice, Phyllis Galembo, Kendell Geers, Lubaina Himid, Mwangi Hutter, William Kentridge, Ana Mendieta, Zanele Muholi, Aida Muluneh, Wangechi Mutu, Otobong Nkanga, Adrian Piper, Tracey Rose, Andres Serrano, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.

28 June-6 October 2019

Kendell Geers at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts