this exhibition is part of the Africa Season 2020

Là où est la mer… (Wherever the sea is…)

11 Jun — 11 Sep 2021

With Achille Adonon (Benin), Amina Agueznay (Morocco), Clay Apenouvon (Togo), Imane Ayissi (Cameroon), Yancouba Badji (Senegal), Alun Be (Senegal), Soly Cissé (Senegal), Beya Gilla Gacha (France-Cameroon), Willys Kezy (DR Congo), Ange Arthur Koua (Côte d’Ivoire), Bunny Claude Massassa (Gabon), Amébédé Mouleo (Togo), Ghizlane Sahli (Morocco), Chéri Samba (DR Congo)

The theme of the sea is highlighted in the exhibition with the relationship of Humans with the Ocean, in West and Central Africa, encompassing fear and fascination. Fourteen artists from coastal countries of Africa tackle ecological questions such as ocean pollution, managing plastic waste and endangered biodiversity. Meanwhile others confront the topic of immigration, difficult living conditions on the continent of Africa and the need for some would-be exiles to make perilous crossings on dangerous craft, examined in particular in the testimony of one artist who has made this long journey.

In the waves there also reclines a goddess in the shape of a mermaid, the terrifying Mami Wata who seduces men to drag them deep under the waves, somewhat reminiscent of Princess Dahut in the Breton legend... Some artists have chosen to summon her up. Mami Wata may at times embody the strong, modern, and therefore disturbing woman of African societies. Finally, visitors will be plunged into the cultural and artistic traditions of Voodoo related to the cult of Mami Wata, very prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa.

This exhibition is part of the Africa Season 2020 held by the Institut... [lire plus]

Curator : Armelle Malvoisin with Grigori Michel

Under the patronage of the Ministry of the Sea

As part of the Africa2020 Season

With the support of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art