Farrell: Similar to the British Museum’s position, quality and the execution of an artwork bear more weight than the geographic location of an artist in acquisition evaluations at SCAD.  The consistency of an artist’s oeuvre is also reviewed for exhibition and commission opportunities. Curators who practice looking rather than just spotting will come into contact with talent both inside and outside of Africa. The Internet also closes some of the previous geographical gaps.  There is a wealth of information available on artist, institutional and commercial websites, social media, online African publications and biennale websites.  While the Internet cannot replicate time spent working directly with an artist it does offer enhanced visibility and connectivity.  Questions of access have come up in the past but with the emergence of cultural centers and foundations across Africa increasingly more artists have access to the Internet.

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