Massa Lemu

Assistant Professor

Massa Lemu is a 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 increasingly immaterialized,  flexible and mobile capitalism on the post-colonial subject.  Lemu’s text-based work features techniques such as quotation and détournment to tap on the critical possibilities of the polyglot nature of communication in postcoloniality.  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 the Stedelijk Studies Journal,  artandeducation.net (E-Flux), Center for Contemporary  Art Lagos, Contemporaryand (C&), and Third Text. Lemu has a PhD from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a Master of Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and was a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston.

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