AFRICA GUEST OF HONOUR
Under the leadership of cultural consultant and independent exhibition curator, Marie-Ann Yemsi, the invitation of Africa as guest of honour highlights a previously-unseen perspective of contemporary African artistic horizons.
Spread across the different sections of the fair, around twenty galleries from South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Tunisia and Europe showcase the talented emerging generation of artists from both the African continent itself and its diaspora (Billie Zangewa, Garethy Nyandoro, Mohau Modisakeng, Moffat Takadiwa, Mario Macilau, Bili Bidjocka....)
On top of the galleries that are part of the focus, around fifteen western galleries have chosen to show the work of their African artists, in particular the Senegalese artist Omar Ba (Galerie Daniel Templon), South African Kendell Geers (ADN Galeria), and the artists represented by Magnin-A (Chéri Samba, Bodys Isek Kingelez...). In total, almost 100 artists will be presented by the participating galleries.
A very complete events programme will accompany the exploration of this continent in a state of artistic effervescence:
A selection of videos entitled Landscapes of the Body will be screened at the Grand Palais. These films explore the work of artists for whom the body is both the subject of their questioning and the means of expression of their art.
The Colonie is “a new space designed to encourage free and independent thinking” created by the artist Kader Attia. It will host a day of encounters and talks on Friday 31st March 2017 that will bring together key cultural figures who are committed to the promotion of artists from Africa and members of the African diaspora.
The VIP programme Springtime in Paris invites professionals and guest collectors to make the most of an ‘African spring’ in the museums of Paris. As part of its festival 100% Afriques, La Villette will showcase every aspect of contemporary African creation and put on an exhibition, Afriques Capitales, curated by Simon Njami. In collaboration with Hans Lemmen, an exhibition at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will feature South African artist Roger Ballen, whereas the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac will be exploring L’Afrique des routes. The Musée Dapper has lent its walls to the Senegalese artist Soly Cissé, whereas the Galerie des Galeries hosts Le jour qui vient, an exhibition curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, which promises an encounter with a whole new generation of African artists and echoes the fair’s special focus.