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Film Screening, Talk and Reception with Zina Saro-Wiwa

Friday, March 3, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
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Presented by Agnes Etherington Art Centre


Join us at the Isabel for a special film screening of Zina Saro-Wiwa’s video-performance Worrying the Mask: The Politics of Authenticity and Contemporaneity in the Worlds of African Art (2020). Following the screening, Saro-Wiwa takes to the stage for a talk and Q&A.


In Worrying the Mask, Zina Saro-Wiwa questions the authority of the museum and its outmoded colonial practices and shifts the restitution debate into genuinely radical new territory. She exposes the desires and limitations of the storytelling surrounding African traditional objects whether in the country of origin or in the country of display and goes on to ask whether an African object can represent a people at all or if they, in fact, have a life of their own. She suggests that our attempts to understand, explain and truly benefit from these works as a society may require a fundamental ontological shift.


Zina Saro-Wiwa is a British-Nigerian artist who lives and works between Los Angeles, the United Kingdom, and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She has given talks and has shown works at biennales, museums and art fairs including Tate Modern, Frieze and Basel Art Fairs. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and Agnes Etherington Art Centre, among others. 


This program is made possible through funding from the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitorship, Queen’s University.

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