With more than 35 artists from a dozen of different countries on the menu, one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary African art, “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” is on show at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
The three-part exhibition spotlights lesser known elements of the thriving African arts scene with a series of fresh perspectives on artistic creativity and artists through an extensive choice of works.
The section called “The Insiders” brings together selected works by fifteen iconic artists from the contemporary African art collection of Jean Pigozzi, displayed for the first time in Paris.
André Magnin, the curator had this to say about the exhibition;
“In the last five or seven years, Africa has finally gained true visibility, true recognition, and some artists are gaining international interest.”
The Foundation is also presenting “Being There”, a group exhibition of works by artists from South Africa who represent a new form of social activism. This is a segment devoted to new South African art where politics, pictures and the esoteric merge.
The established African artists Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita rub shoulders with the new generation like Omar Victor Diop from Senegal:
“It is with works of this quality that we will be able to position contemporary African creation as a real trend rather than a fashion.”
Buhlebezwe Siwani is a South African artist:
“I deal with the erasure of the female body by bringing the female body into the space because if I go into a space there is no way you can not look at me, I exist, therefore you must deal with my existence”.
“Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” will be showing in Paris until August 28th.