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Kobena Mercer

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1960


Kobena Mercer is Reader in Art History and Diaspora Studies at Middlesex University, London, and is an inaugural recipient of the 2006 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing awarded by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He has taught at New York University and University of California at Santa Cruz and received fellowships from Cornell University, University of California at Irvine and the New School University in New York.

His articles have been translated into German, Swedish and Japanese and his contributions to exhibition catalogues include Black Male (1994), Pictura Brittanica (1998), Adrian Piper: A Retrospective (1999) and Africas: A Journey and An Exhibition (2001). His essays are featured in several anthologies including The Gothic (2007), Without Guarantees: In Honour of Stuart Hall (2000), Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives (1999) and Black British Cultural Studies (1996). Recent publications include ‘Art as a Dialogue in Social Space’, in Re-Thinking Nordic Colonialism (2006), ‘Post-Colonial Trauerspeil’, in The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of Black Audio Film Collective (2007) and ‘Romare Bearden’s Critical Modernism: Visual Dialogues in the Diaspora Imagination’, in Romare Bearden and the Modernist Tradition (forthcoming 2008).

He is the series editor of Annotating Art’s Histories, a series of four books co-published by Iniva and The MIT Press.

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