Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi & Constantine Petridis

Scholar (Art History) & Curator, US

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi is an assistant professor of art history at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Constantine Petridis is curator of African art and chair of the department of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. From 2012 to 2015, Petridis and Gagliardi worked together to realize the major international exhibition Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, which originated at the Cleveland Museum of Art. They have continued to collaborate and now co-direct Mapping Senufo.

Mapping Senufo: Rethinking the Art-Historical Monograph in the Era of Digital Publication

Mapping Senufo—an in-progress, collaborative, born-digital publication project—joins theories about identity construction and knowledge production with the practice of writing about arts of Africa once considered "traditional." It reflects the project team’s commitment to taking seriously long-established understandings that a marker of identity, like labeling of an art style or knowledge itself, is historically constituted, fluid, and positional. In its final form, the multimodal publication will exemplify the contingent nature of identities, art style labeling, and knowledge production.