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The Implosion of History and Context

TitleThe Implosion of History and Context
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of PublicationSubmitted
AuthorsMaluka M
Series Titlen.e.w.s
KeywordsAfrica, Branka Ćurčić, Congo, Documenta, Guy Tillim, Heidegger, Ingrid Commandeur, Okwui Enwezor, Pieter Hugo, Renzo Martens, Sean O'Hagan, SLUM TV, Stedelijk Museum, Stephen Wright

Too often I have come across instances where critics have used ahistorical and acontextual claims in critiquing works by artists who like myself, do not come from the centers of power in the art world. This happens often through ignorance but more often than not, through intellectual sloppiness. When work does not fit into the context that the critic is used to addressing, it can lead to a type of contextual dissonance where the artist's work is imploded into the writer's narrow, subjective assumptions.