curated by Simon Njami with Elena Motisi
On the occasion of the Second Italy Africa Conference scheduled for 2018, MAXXI is dedicating a major exhibition to the African continent: the project, realised in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will present the works of around 40 artists including Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Godfried Donkor, Nicholas Hlobo, Adboulaye Konaté, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Amina Zoubir, reflecting on the on-going social and cultural transformations.
Through five chapters, the exhibition presents the complex structure of a metropolis in which the urban space is seen as a location for the coming together of diverse experiences in which tradition and contemporaneity dialogue.
The exhibition also features a commissioning project with the production of new site specific works and projects. The artists involved include: Bili Bidjocka, Meschac Gaba, Hassan Hajjaj, Youssef Limoud, Alex Mawimbi and James Webb.
Godfried Donkor, New Olympians Series II, 2017. Courtesy the artist