Another Anthology of Black Humor
MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 presents the New York book launch of Berlin-based French artist Saâdane Afif's new catalogue Another Anthology of Black Humor, published by MMK Zollamt, an external exhibition space of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main devoted to presenting the work of young artists. The catalogue accompanied Afif's exhibition this spring, marking the new developments of his project initiated at the Centre Pompidou in 2010.
In the exhibition at MMK, which is titled after André Breton's seminal Anthologie de l'Humour Noir, Afif played with African influences on the European avant-garde while also linking them to French modern art and literature. The centrepiece of the exhibition was a coffin manufactured in Ghana; Afif 'used' a custom which has recently taken hold there: figurally designed coffins serve as a form of commemoration of the deceased. The shape of the coffin was a reference to the Centre Pompidou. As he has done in his work during the past ten years, Afif invited artists, curators, and critics to write song lyrics about his ideas concerning the exhibition. The catalogue comprises these lyrics and texts by the exhibition’s curator Eva Huttenlauch, Adam Kleinman, Patrick Moran/Bernard Gendrel, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, and Regula Tschumi.