curated by Simon Njami and co-curated by Elena Motisi
A detailed overview of the artistic and cultural scene of the African continent.
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 34 artists 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.
Akinbode Akinbiyi, Heba Y. Amin, El Anatsui, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Sammy Baloji, Bili Bidjocka, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Godfried Donkor, Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny, Meschac Gaba, Lucas Gabriel, François-Xavier Gbré, Simon Gush, Hassan Hajjaj, Nicholas Hlobo, Délio Jasse, Samson Kambalu, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Abdoulaye Konaté, Lamine Badian Kouyaté (Xuly.Bët), Youssef Limoud, Onyis Martin, Lavar Munroe, Hassan Musa, Paul Onditi, PEFURA, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Antoine Tempé, Andrew Tshabangu, Sarah Waiswa, Ouattara Watts, James Webb, Amina Zoubir
Afropolitan is an intercultural mediation project with young people coming from diverse regions of the African continent, second generation and indigenous youngsters. The intercultural mediators will be present at the exhibition and happy to talk with visitors on the following dates:
– from 22 June to 20 July and in the month of Septemberevery Thursday and Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM (excluding public holidays);
– in the months of October and Novemberevery saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. A project produced with scientific consultancy regarding intercultural mediation from La Speranza Cooperativa Sociale
Akinbode Akinbiyi, Victoria Island, Lagos 2006. Courtesy the artist