Center for Art,
Research and Alliances
09 – 11 February, 2024

Publishing Expanded: Where Is Africa

Publication Cover

Publishing Expanded: Where Is Africa is the first gathering in CARA’s annual, interdisciplinary winter program celebrating the release of the organization’s new and upcoming publications. This inaugural, multi-day program will take place at CARA from February 9-11, 2024 on the occasion of the launch of Where Is Africa, edited by Emanuel Admassu and Anita N. Bateman, designed by NMutiti Studio, with a foreword by Mabel O. Wilson.

In 2017, curator and art historian Anita N. Bateman and architect and professor Emanuel Admassu initiated research on the traditional (mis)positioning of the arts across the African continent. Where Is Africa has been an extended set of exchanges with contemporary artists, curators, designers and academics who are actively engaged in representing the continent—both within and outside its geographic boundaries. This publication is also a conceptual project that accompanies a conceptual place, driven by the desire to dislodge Africa from categorical fixity and the representational logics of nation-states. Learn more about Where Is Africa here.

Event schedule

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Friday, February 9, 2024

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Where Is Africa is supported, in part, by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Publishing Expanded
February 9-11, 2024

To inaugurate CARA’s annual Publishing Expanded winter program, CARA will host a 3-day convening featuring Where Is Africa editors, designer, contributors, and invited guests. Conceived as an opportunity for gathering and dialogue, Publishing Expanded offers a more expansive approach to the “book launch” by fostering conversation and deep engagement with the title through ongoing opportunities for commoning. The program will unfold through discussions, workshops, talks, readings, screenings, performances, and a special bookstore and reading room selection.

Participants include: Editors Emanuel Admassu and Anita N. Bateman, designer Nontsikelelo Mutiti, contributors Salome Asega, Mikael Awake, Anthony Bogues, Antawan I. Byrd, Rebecca Corey, Mario Gooden, Eric Gottesman, Olalekan Jeyifous, Mabel O. Wilson, Mpho Matsipa, Robel Temesgen, and guest speakers/performers Lizania Cruz, Johann Diedrick, Lamin Fofana, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Helina Metaferia, Serubiri Moses, Amandine Nana, Funto Omojola, Matthew Shenoda, Nyugen Smith, Yayra Sumah, Auttrianna Ward, Alexander Ghedi Weheliye, Gee Wesley, and Akeema-Zane!

Publishing Expanded: Where Is Africa will host the Afrophon’ Reading Room organized by Gee Wesley and a selection of titles from the Transplantation collection by Amandine Nana.

Accessibility Information

Indoor masking is encouraged during our programs at this time. We ask that visitors stay home if feeling sick, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Testing is strongly recommended before joining us at CARA if feeling symptomatic. Masks will be available for free for anyone who needs one.

The closest wheelchair accessible subway is 14th St/8th Avenue station. The entry to CARA is ADA-compliant and our bookstore and galleries are barrier free throughout with all gender, wheelchair accessible bathrooms. CARA shall accommodate guest wheelchair needs if requested in advance via Service animals are welcome.