Azu Nwagbogu On Bringing African art home, Challenging Afro Pessimism & What Makes The Mundane Special

“It is not about ideas of black excellence or black misery, but what I call a middle sensibility that makes the mundane special.”

“When I think of what has happened in terms of our artistic heritage, the analogy of the phantom limb phenomenon comes to mind – you have lost a limb, but you feel it is still there. Well, we have lost our heritage and we know we have lost it, but we can somehow still continue even though we are walking on crutches. I am saying, it’s time to drop the crutches and feel the pain and the loss. Let us at least acknowledge what has been lost.”

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