This exhibition designed by Marie-Ann Yemsi, offers an encounter with a brand new generation of artists from the African continent and its diasporas, some of whom are being exhibited for the first time in France. Cosmopolitan artists fully in touch with the changing world, with a clear-sighted freedom, they are playing with multiple registers and drawing on a range of art forms, including painting, drawing, video, photography and sculpture. Featuring Igshaan Adams, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Clay Apenouvon, Yesmine Ben Khelil, Julien Creuzet, Frances Goodman, Bronwyn Katz, Lebohang Kganye, Banele Khoza, Lawrence Lemaoana, Mónica de Miranda, Turiya Magadlela, Mohau Modisakeng, Emeka Ogboh and Moffat Takadiwa, this artistic journey through critical, dense and promising creative expression invites us to transform the way in which we see and perceive things. Although the exhibition cannot be seen as a mapping of contemporary creative pursuits on the African continent, it does reflect the reality of the circulation of ideas, cultures, and objects, as well as individuals and their migration. Artists show us their vision of the world which lies ahead, as they imagine it.
Marie-Ann Yemsi is a Cultural Consultant and Independant Curator. In 2005, she founded her own agency, Agent Créatif(s), which has developed a renowned expertise in cultural production and art consulting with a focus on emerging artists in Africa and its diasporas. In 2015, her exhibition Odyssées Africaines (African Odysseys) presented at the Brass Cultural Center in Brussels, drew from history and aimed to explore its impact on contemporary life through the works of 17 artists originating from south-eastern Africa. In 2017, she is guest curator of the Africa Guest of Honor project at Art Paris Art Fair in March. Marie-Ann Yemsi was appointed curator of the 11th Bamako Biennale – African Photography Encounters in December.
Exhibition catalogue and limited edition artwork by Julien Creuzet. Bernard Chauveau Éditeur May 2017