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AFRICA. Raccontare un mondo, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italia
from 06/27/17 to 09/17/17

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré


With a sub-Saharan overview the exhibition investigates today's African art through the works of 32 contemporary african artists.

The exhibition investigates today's African art, between Westerness and Africanism; crossing political, economical and gender issues; between the influences of the surrounding world and the future of the continent. Will Africa ever be independent from the West? Which are the new challenges? The 32 invited artists will provide a fourfold sub-Saharan overview: After the Independence, Introspection of the Identity, Africa Generation, the Body and Politics of the Distance.

curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg - Video and performance curated by Ginevra Bria

produced by Comune di Milano - Cultura, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Silvana Editoriale


Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
from 04/26/17 to 08/28/17

Du 26 avril au 28 août 2017, la Fondation Louis Vuitton présente Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

L'exposition constitue un panorama de la création récente de l'Afrique subsaharienne à l'Afrique du sud à travers trois axes :

Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres de la collection d’art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)
Être là, Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaine
L’Afrique dans la Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton


Les Initiés

L’exposition Les Initiés réunit une sélection d’œuvres de quinze artistes emblématiques de la collection d’art
contemporain africain de l’homme d’affaire Jean Pigozzi, présentée pour la première fois à Paris.

Dès 1989, Jean Pigozzi fait appel à André Magnin, qui va arpenter le continent africain pour constituer sa collection, à la rencontre d’artistes vivant et travaillant en Afrique subsaharienne. À une époque qui ne connaît ni téléphone portable, ni internet, il parvient à nouer de véritables liens avec des artistes locaux, dont il dévoile la liberté et l’originalité.

La détermination et l’engagement qui ont présidé à cette collection ont permis la constitution d’un fonds unique, aux partis pris affirmés, qui, dans sa diversité, témoigne de l’un des visages de la création contemporaine en Afrique, de 1989 à 2009.

Éclectique et libre, la collection Pigozzi ne privilégie aucun médium et vise à représenter chaque artiste par
des ensembles conséquents. Elle a révélé une scène jusqu’alors méconnue, lui permettant d’élargir son audience et sa résonnance internationale. Cette collection a ainsi joué un rôle prescripteur indéniable.



Les artistes de l’exposition, tous héritiers de savoirs spirituels, scientifiques et techniques, développent des mondes aux multiples expressions et supports. En ce sens, ce sont des « initiés ».

L’exposition, conçue par la direction artistique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton, a été réalisée en étroite collaboration avec Jean Pigozzi.


Commissaire général : Suzanne Pagé; Conseiller : André Magnin ; Commissaires : Angéline Scherf et Ludovic Delalande ; Scénographie : Marco Palmieri.

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MAKING AFRICA Continent of Contemporary Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
from 10/01/16 to 01/15/17

This autumn the Kunsthal Rotterdam throws new light on contemporary African design. Making Africa presents work by more than 120 artists and designers. This young generation of thinkers and makers, with their experimental approach and fluent use of new media, introduces the world to a new vision of Africa. These creative minds often work at the same time in different disciplines and welcome the opportunity to break with existing conventions. ‘Making Africa’ provides a surprising, amusing and lively picture, with design in the widest sense of the word.



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MAKING AFRICA FESTIVAL
On Sunday 2 October there are various performances, workshops, guided tours, music, food and dance, including storytelling by the dramatist Ogutu Muraya, a fashion show by Lady Africa, and teasers for the Afrovibes Festival all day long.



Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain
from 03/23/16 to 08/28/16


Cyrus Kabiru, C-Stunners 2012. Caribbean Sun.
© Cyrus Kabiru. Foto: Miguel Luciano.

www.makingafrica.net


Making Africa has been co-produced by the Vitra Design Museum (where it was shown from 14 March to 13 September 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (presented from 30 October to 21 February 2016), with the collaboration of Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

The exhibition showcases the work of over 120 African artists and creators and illustrates how design fuels economic and political changes. Making Africa speaks, from Africa, of a new continent “under construction” and places emphasis on its possibilities over its problems.


“Thinking about the future means thinking about our possibilities in the world. The future belongs to Africa, because it seems to have happened everywhere else already.”
Okwui Enwezor, Consulting Curator of Making Africa



The exhibition offers a new tale of Africa, an invitation to value the continent from a brand new perspective. Many of the major African capitals are seeing the consolidation of a generation that, around culture and through creation and design, is defending its right to build itself in freedom, without foreign tutelage and contradicting the stereotypes projected from the West.



A new generation of creators

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Africa Pop! : «Tear my Bra» | «Swinging Bamako» - Les Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles, France
from 07/04/16 to 08/15/16

Regardez-moi!, 1962 © Malick Sidibé


SWINGING BAMAKO

LA FABULEUSE HISTOIRE DES MARAVILLAS DE MALI

1960 : le Mali accède à l’indépendance. En pleine guerre froide, il choisit d’intégrer le bloc socialiste et de
couper définitivement les ponts avec son passé colonial. C’est dans ce contexte politique marqué que sept jeunes étudiants maliens sont envoyés à Cuba en 1964. Le groupe, qui se formera un an plus tard à La Havane sous le nom Las Maravillas de Mali, va alors symboliser bien malgré lui les alliances passées avec le bloc de l’Est, et représenter la face joyeuse d’un «internationalisme prolétarien » dont Cuba se veut le leader. Odyssée digne d’un Retour vers le Futur entre Bamako et La Havane, Swinging Bamako est une déambulation polysensorielle qui mêle la petite et la grande histoire, la naissance de l’Afrique postcoloniale, terre de nombreux enjeux, et celle d’un des plus grands groupes de musique africains de tous les temps. Pour comprendre l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui, il faut se replonger dans son passé…



Commissaires de l'exposition : Richard Minier, Thomas Mondo et Madé Taounza


Abdourahmane Sakaly (1926-1988), Malick Sidibé (1936), Sadio Diakité (1929),
Karen Paulina Biswell (1983)

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TEAR MY BRA*

DRAMES ET FANTAISIES DANS LE CINÉMA DE NOLLYWOOD... ET SON INFLUENCE SUR LA PHOTOGRAPHIE AFRICAINE CONTEMPORAINE

Nollywood est le terme familier désignant l’industrie cinématographique nigériane actuellement en plein essor.
Phénomène interculturel à l’origine de la production de plus d’un millier de films chaque année et de la circulation de plusieurs milliards de dollars, les films de Nollywood ont un énorme impact sur l’histoire du cinéma et la culture visuelle contemporaine africaine. Budgets limités, faux sang peu réaliste et réinterprétations étranges de l’intrigue classique du boy meets girl sont la triple marque de fabrique de l’industrie nollywoodienne dont le public ne cesse d’augmenter. Le succès de cette industrie illustre le fait qu’il existe non seulement une demande, mais également une vraie connexion et peut-être même une contribution à la mondialisation de l’esthétique, tout du moins en ce qui concerne l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Le titre de cette exposition est un hommage aux titres traditionnels de Nollywood, la plupart du temps aussi dramatiques qu’irrémédiablement ambigus.



*Déchire mon soutien-gorge !


Commissaire de l'exposition : Azu Nwagbogu, assisté de Maria Pia Bernardoni.

Couvent Saint-césaire

Artistes: Antoine Tempé (1960), Iké Udé (1964), Akintunde Akinleye (1971), Uche Okpa Iroha (1972),
Joana Choumali (1974), Zina Saro-Wiwa (1976), François Beaurain (1976), Andrew Esiebo
(1978), Nicolas Henry (1980), Omar Victor Diop (1980), Kudzanai Chiurai (1981), Karl Ohiri
(1983), Adeola Olagunju (1987)

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Cette année, les Rencontres d’Arles ouvrent un nouveau lieu, une nouvelle friche à la gare SNCF : Ground Control. Expositions tout l’été, bar, soirées, transats, concerts… Une envie des Rencontres d’Arles et de
Ground Control – bar éphémère, libre et curieux.

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Ground Control à la Gare SNCF d’Arles pendant les Rencontres de la Photographie

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Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain, Guggenheim Bilbao, Espagne
from 10/30/15 to 02/21/16
L’exposition Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain présente des travaux appartenant à un large éventail de domaines créatifs : design d’objets et de mobilier, arts graphiques, illustration, mode, architecture, urbanisme, art, artisanat, cinéma, photographie, sans compter l’approche numérique et analogique. Ces œuvres occupent, délibérément, cette zone grise existant entre les différentes disciplines et pourtant, elles nous fournissent des réponses concrètes à la question de ce que peut et doit apporter le design au XXIe siècle. Par exemple, ils découvrent de nouvelles possibilités dans l’usage des matériaux, mettent davantage l’accent sur le processus que sur le résultat et réalisent des déclarations audacieuses sur l’avenir.


Making Africa : A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
from 03/14/15 to 09/13/15
This major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum sheds new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, «Making Africa» shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning.


Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
from 10/21/14 to 01/08/15
"We are pleased to announce that the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will comprise selections from the Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art (CAAC). David Adjaye, the renowned British-Ghanaian architect and the designer of the Cooper Gallery and the Hutchins Center façade, also serves as co-curator of this first exhibit, along with Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt. Adjaye heads a curatorial team that offers a unique dialogue between art and space that we think will set the tone for exhibitions to come. Luminós/City.Ordinary Joy will feature 69 works by 21 artists. It illuminates the everyday, ordinary, and ubiquitous world of the city characteristic of so many of the works in Pigozzi’s collection, evoking a sense of place and facilitating a dialogue between body, home, transit, and dynamic urban dwellings. The models, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and videographies of vital city life will convey a vibrant urgency to the Gallery’s visitors."

Opening in fall 2014, the newly established Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is one of eight flagships of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. It will feature both contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art of a global diaspora. The innovative and distinctively designed gallery exhibit spaces will house shows organized by curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished guests. The gallery will host a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances to engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.


Kudzanai Chiurai, Front Page, Mallorca Landings, Mallorca, Spain
from 05/24/13 to 07/28/13
"In a similar style to previous bodies of work (such as his Dying to be Men series of 2009), Chiurai’s constructed environments are enticing and seductive but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalisation on war. Chiurai’s nation asks, “If we could write our history and chart our futures as we please, who would we be?”...


ARS 11 - Changes your perception of Africa and contemporary art, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
from 04/15/11 to 11/27/11
The premise of the ARS 11 exhibition is Africa in contemporary art. The themes are global, issues that affect us all. Memory, recollection and the simultaneous presence of different histories and layers of time, these are some of the common starting points of the work of many artists featured in ARS 11.

About 30 artists will be invited to participate in the exhibition, some of whom will produce new work for the show. The following artists have already started work for the exhibition: Georges Adéagbo (1942 Benin), Samba Fall (1977 Senegal), Laura Horelli (1976 Finland), Alfredo Jaar (1956 Chile), Otobong Nkanga (1974 Nigeria), Nandipha Mntambo (1982 Swaziland), Odili Odita (1966 Nigeria) and Barthélémy Toguo (1967 Cameroon). The Center for Contemporary Art Lagos CCA will produce an exhibition of work by the Nigerian photographer J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930), to be mounted on the second floor in Kiasma.



ARS 11 will extend across Finland and also to one venue in Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11.

ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Capital of Culture year 2011 in Turku. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where? (2008) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien. Both works will be on show for the first time in Finland. This part of the ARS 11 exhibition will be produced in cooperation with the Kiasma Foundation.

The ARS 11 curator team are Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma, Arja Miller, Chief Curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator. The ARS 11 programme for Kiasma Theatre will be compiled by Riitta Aarniokoski. The African theme for ARS 11 was chosen by the former director of Kiasma, Berndt Arell.

The ARS 11 exhibition celebrates the 50-year history of the most important exhibition institution in Finland. Organised since 1961, the ARS exhibitions have played a crucial role in shaping ideas about art and giving a face to contemporary art in Finland. The history of the ARS exhibitions will be showcased during ARS 11 by two publications produced by the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery as well as by documentary material.



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