AFRICA. Telling a world
27 June 2017 - 11 September 2017
PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Including: Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Chéri Samba, Romuald Hazoumè, Seydou Keïta, Gonçalo Mabunda, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Malick Sidibé.
Curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg.
Video and performance curated by Ginevra Bria.
Defining Africa today means being able to recount it. In an equilibrium between Occidentalism and Africanism, post-colonialism and migration, contemporary African art in reality poses essential, political, economic, religious and gender questions that affect the future of one of the most complex areas on our planet.
With the exhibition AFRICA. Telling a world from 27 June to 11 September 2017 Milan’s PAC continues its exploration of the continents following the route of art, with a selection of artists and narratives that not only live and entrench their African roots in the world, but who and which also experience its Diaspora. Retracing their diversity, the exhibition will allow visitors an understanding of the universality of the contemporary Africa scene south of the Sahara, unveiling the immediate and growing spirit,without hiding the violence and matching immediacy of the worlds that make it up.
33 artists who embody the multiplicity of their social contexts today, will offer visitors visual and narrative works through a quadruple reading of contemporary art in Africa south of the Sahara: from the After Independence artists, masters of their art and very closely tied to their cultural universe, through the theme of Identity Introspection that highlights a number of engagé artists, until a Generation Africa which affirms its active participation in the world and, finally, the path of contemporary African artists who deal with the category of The Body and the Politics of Distance.
All participant artists: Georges Adeagbo (Benin); Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Gabon); Malala Andrialavidrazana (Madagascar); Omar Ba (Senegal); Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Costa d’Avorio); Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe); Gabrielle Goliath (Sud Africa); Romuald Hazoumé (Benin); Anne Historical (Sud Africa); Pieter Hugo (Sud Africa); Seydou Keïta (Mali); Donna Kukama (Sud Africa); Ato Malinda (Kenya); Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone); Senzeni Marasela (Sud Africa); Zanele Muholi (Sud Africa); J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria); Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso); Richard Onyango (Kenya); Tracey Rose (Sud Africa); Chéri Samba (Congo); Buhlebezwe Siwani (Sud Africa); Berni Searle (Sud Africa); Yinka Shonibare MBE (Nigeria; Malick Sidibé (Mali); Abdelrahmane Sissako (Mauritania); Barthélémy Toguo (Camerun); Billie Zangewa (Malawi).
African designers: Dokter & Misses (Sud Africa), Alassane Drabo (Burkina Faso), Amadou Fatoumata (Senegal), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambico) e Nawaaz Sadulker (Sud Africa)