In 2017, several exhibitions are set to honor the creativity and artistic vitality of the African continent. La Villettepresents the exhibition Africas Capital, dedicated to African cities, which, as part of an urban stroll, allows the public to discover contemporary African art scene across all media: paintings, photographs, installations, videos, Sculptures, sound creations ...
Fifty artists were invited all generations: Pascale Marthine Tayou, William Kentridge, Akinbode Akinbiyi, James Webb, Leila Alaoui, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Bili Bidjocka, Benjamin Clementine, Lavar Munroe, Hassan Hajjaj, Abdoulaye Konaté ... Many will be those for which this is a first exhibition in France.
As explained by Simon Njami, curator, Capital Africas is "designed not as a publicity stunt or a regional view, but as an attempt to make visible the contemporaneity of a victim continent in all its complexity. The other way of doing things, which is ours, is to work from the works and artists whose work will speak for itself to tell the story that is theirs and which, in fact, concerns us all."
As Simon Njami also points out, the Grande Hall of La Villette is a highly symbolic place because of the ethnic and cultural mix that characterizes it. "It is an inclusive place that cancels the famous border between" center "and" periphery ". In the troubled times we are passing, the Parc de la Villette reminds us of this essential truth: the city, like the land, belongs to no one. It is at first the home of those who inhabit it and make it be."
Africas Capital will resonate in the Parc de la Villette at the Month of the Grand Paris Photo will be held from 29 March to 21 May 2017. For the first time, the work of African photographers will be exhibited outdoors in the gardens to admire the works of Akinbode Akinbiyi, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Franck Bakar Abd Fanny, Delio Jasse, Mouna Karray, Kiluangi Kia Henda, Ala Kheir, Mario Macilau, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Aida Muluneh, Uche Okpa Iroha, Alexis Peskine, Guy Tillim and Andrew Tshabangu.
The second chapter of Capital Africas be written in Lille, Gare Saint Sauveur, with the exhibition To the Cape of Good Hope, an invitation to travel through the works of forty artists, to be held April 6 to September 3, 2017. Among others were invited to participate Fatima Mazmouz, Nicola Lo Calzo, Nicholas Hlobo, Delio Jasse ... and as so aptly summarized Simon Njami: "The country we dream are often more beautiful than we discover. We forge them to our taste, by drawing the landscape and inventing the language. The beings that populate them are abstractions that allow us to explore our own souls. The most beautiful journeys are those which populate our childhood. The sounds, the smells, the colors, everything is disorientation. It is to this journey that I dream. I imagine myself lashing, with all sails outside, from Lille to the Cape of Good Hope. The destination, to tell the truth, does not matter. I am only motivated by this hope contained in the name of this city of South Africa. (...) I love travel because it takes me out of my comfort zone. Because it forces me to use my intelligence, that is, my ability to understand. An exhibition is always an invitation to travel."
Africa in the spotlight on Art Paris - Art Fair 2017:
This invitation offers an unparalleled lighting in Paris on contemporary African artistic horizons. Whether they are established on the continent or in Europe, some fifteen galleries in the various sectors of the fair focus on an emerging and talented generation of artists from the African continent and the diasporas. All information on the website: artparis.com
Finally, "Art / Africa" will be held from April 26 to August 28 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation . The works of fifteen iconic artists from the collection of contemporary African art Jean Pigozzi are presented for the first time in Paris and Being there is devoted to South Africa, one of the most dynamic scenes of the African continent today. These two proposals are based on the presentation of works from the collection linked to Africa, according to an expanded statement beyond the African continent.