Beya Othmani presents an exhibition on artist Fela Kefi Leroux’s participation in the 1966 festival in Dakar and offers insight into her curatorial process.
Beya Othmani is an independent art curator and researcher based in Tunis. She is a member of the curatorial ensemble of Archive Sites, a platform for publishing and cultural research. She is currently a recipient of the CAORC/Andrew Mellon Art History fellowship. Her research focuses on exhibition histories, the construction of racial identities in the arts, and state-led exhibition-making practices in colonial and post-colonial Africa.
How North Africans Negotiated Blackness at the Dakar 1966 First Black Arts Festival
Hundreds of artists, writers, and intellectuals convened at the First World Festival of Black Arts in apparent harmony, but it was also a stage for contradictions and paradoxes to be unpacked.