“Africa Remix” featured the work of over 100 African artists in a
2,200-sq.m exhibition space. With paintings by Chéri Samba,
installations by Barthélémy Toguo, drawings by Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
and photographs by Guy Tillim, “Africa Remix” revealed the varied
facets of Africa’s contemporary arts scene.
exhibition examined contemporary African art not only from an aesthetic
angle but also from historical, political and ideological perspectives.
- Total pledges support for African art with the ”Africa Remix” exhibition in Paris -
near, and yet so far: Africa is an enigma that continues to exert a
strange fascination for many. “Africa Remix” was an invitation to
reflect on what Africa really means – to explore and rediscover it by
straying from the beaten path of commonplace ideas and platitudes. As
Total has a strong presence in Africa, we are all too aware of the
difficulties affecting the continent, but we’re also committed to
bringing African culture the recognition it deserves.
Under the artistic direction of Simon Njami (photo), an international team of curators (see dates and facts as well as the photo) has assembled this overview of the artistic production in Africa and the African diaspora. 88 artists show works from the last 10 years, among them several specially created for the exhibition, including: paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, multi-part installations, photography, videos. Besides the visual arts, the exhibition also features furniture design, music, literature and fashion.
The touring show started on 24 July 2004 at the museum kunst palast in Düsseldorf (Germany), and then travels to the Hayward Gallery in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Further venues in Africa and North America are being considered.