Saâdane Afif
Another Anthology of
Black Humor


Edited by Susanne Gaensheimer, Eva Huttenlauch. Text by Eva Huttenlauch, Nana Oforiattaayim, Adam Kleinman, Regula Tschumi, Patrick Moran, Patrick Gendrel.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Verlag für moderne Kunst
Language: English
ISBN: 978-38-69843-21-6
Dimensions: 15,2 x 0,6 x 23,5 cm

The French artist Saâdane Afif (b. 1970) – recipient of the acclaimed Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2009 – had his first solo exhibition in a German museum in 2012 at ZOLLAMT MMK in Frankfurt. The title of this exhibition was derived from André Breton’s Surrealist work Anthologie de l’humour noir from 1940.

Afif retraced African influences on the European avant-garde and also linked them to modern French art and literature. With a coffin model manufactured in Ghana, he responds to a custom which has recently taken hold in that West African country whereby figurally designed coffins serve as a form of commemoration of the deceased. By virtue of its shape, the coffin entitled L’Humour Noir will makes reference to the Centre Pompidou.

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