Presented as part of the exhibition Public Intimacy, Chimurenga Library offered a simple system that allowed visitors to connect various items in the stacks at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library in a way that generates different narratives, with a focus on the work of African American artists, writers, and performers who participated in pan-African festivals of the 1960s and 1970s.
The installation and research project included a panel discussion focusing on the legacy of FESTAC ’77, a cultural event that was held in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1977 and remains the largest pan-African arts festival that has ever taken place. Featured speakers included Andrew Apter of UCLA, and Akin Adesokan of the University of Indiana at Bloomington.
- Kallio Library, Helsinki: April 13 – May 28 2016
- Cape Town Central Library, Cape Town: 2 May – 21 June 2009
- Showroom Gallery London, UK: 8 October – 21 November 2015
- New York, USA: 7-11 November 2015
- MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 21 May – 1 August 2010
- La Colonie, Paris: 13 – 17 December 2017
- Black Images – An Essay by Peter James Hudson
- Civil Lines
- Joe An Essay by Sam Kahiga June 2008