Event Date and time: 1 March – 13 April 2017

Venue Details: Grand Palais | 3 Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France

Organisers: Art Paris Art Fair 2017 

Event website: Art Paris Art Fair 2017 

Event cost: €12 -€40

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.

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