THE CRITICAL DIALOGUE SERIES-Massa Lemu
Biopolitical collectivism: critical subjectivities in contemporary African art
Massa Lemu is a Malawian visual artist and writer whose multi-disciplinary artistic practice takes the form of drawing, performance, and multimedia installations that are concerned with the contradictions of migration within globalization and the effects of an immaterial, flexible and mobile capitalism on the post-colonial subject. As a writer, Lemu’s scholarly interests lie in what he calls a biopolitical collectivism in contemporary African art, i.e. a socially engaged, subject-centered, and life-forming collectivist aesthetics. His writing has been published by Third Text, the Stedelijk Studies Journal, artandeducation.net (E-Flux), Center for Contemporary Art Lagos, and Contemporaryand (C&).