The State of L3 was a Pan African art collective (2009-2015) based in Amsterdam, Dakar and Recife. Migration, or the condition of being a subject beyond borders, has always represented one of the most productive resources of aesthetic practices, contributing to the changing of settled cultures. Our Pan African symbiotic research focuses on the issue of Pan African space and migration from very different perspectives, in order to explore what Mieke Bal (2010) has defined as “migratory aesthetics”, that is “the current cultural and aesthetic moment in view of the merging of cultures”.
We seek new means of communication, a new experience on the track that previous generations have left behind and a new interpretation of the concept of African identity. Therefore, The State of L3 directs its attention at the artists and their background as a source of inspiration and knowledge to form new images of universal communication. The State of L3 is a transatlantic journal, an exchange of collective memories. With this project, The State of L3 is designed to obtain a portrait of artistic symbiosis between three different cultures, with something in common: a strong sense of African origins.
A selection of the group exhibitions can be found on this page. Also see Ancestral Blues.