THIS IS NOT AFRICA – UNLEARN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED disrupts a conventional and stereotypical western narrative of Africanness. It includes works that in various ways parody, break through, deconstruct or establish new cognitive parameters and forms of expression. By way of exception, ARoS is going to create an art satellite in close collaboration with the ambitious and artistic powerhouse SCCA and Red Clay in Ghana.
Sammy Baloji, Kasala: The Slaughterhouse of Dreams or the First Human, Bende’s Error, Imane Farès, Paris, 2020. Photo © Tadzio
Organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in collaboration with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art – Qatar Museums and Qatar Foundation
Curated by Manuel Borja-Villel and Abdellah Karroum
Younès Rahmoun, Jabal-Hajar-Turab #9, 2017. Exhibition view: Sharjah Biennial 13, An unpredictable expression of human potential, Beirut Art Center, Beirut. Photo: Marco Pinarelli.
With reference to three principal works, Sammy Baloji tackles the question of transmission and genealogy by means of the Congolese rumba, the tradition of the kasala and the so-called “Indies” tapestries made at the Gobelins Manufactory between the 17th and 18th centuries.
Sammy Baloji is also the author of the visual for the 49th edition of the Festival and created the limited edition 2020 that you will be able to discover on the Festival’s online shop in the autumn.
Coproduction Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Event organized within the framework of the Africa 2020 Season, in partnership with France Culture.
Image: Sammy Baloji, Ekibondo Court revisited. Photomontage of the installation (fresco) for the exhibition Congo Art Works, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, October 7, 2016 – January 22, 2017, in collaboration with the Africa Museum. Design and production: Orfée Grandhomme & Ismaël Bennani for Sammy Baloji / Twenty Nine Studio
Stage director Aristide Tarnagda, himself an author and director of the festival Les Récréâtrales in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) where the show was created, invited eight actors from all over Africa, but also from France, to serve Aanza’s lyrical eloquence, to bring the poet’s city to life and experience “the capacity of dreams to rob the world of its misery”. The show, originally designed to be performed outdoors, is recreated here indoors. “Que ta volonté soit Kin”, Éditions Nzoi and Passage(s), libres courts au Tarmac, 2018 (in French).
Atelier Berthier, Paris 17e, as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris and “Africa 2020” season
Ali Cherri participates in the next Kochi-Muziris Biennale, cur. by Shubigi Rao, with a group of sculptures from the series Grafting.
Different venues in and around Kochi, India
Image: Ali Cherri, Grafting (I), 2019. Exhibition view: “Phantom Limb”, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, 2020.
The exhibition presents works from the MMK collection ranging in date from the early 1960s to the present, including some of the museum’s newest acquisitions.
TOWER MMK, TaunusTurm, Frankfurt am Main
Image: Sammy Baloji, Tales of the Copper Cross Garden: Episode I, 2017, MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST, photo: Axel Schneider
Ali Cherri participates in the collective exhibition Comme un parfum d’aventure at macLYON, cur. by Marilou Laneuville and Matthieu Lelièvre.
“”With a Hint of Adventure” is an exhibition directly inspired by the recent collective, worldwide experience of confinement, which was imposed more or less simultaneously for health reasons on the majority of people on the planet. Its main thrust is an exploration of the question of travel, whether impeded or imposed, voluntary or provoked, individually or in a group, and the consequences of it for those affected. It takes the form of an investigation across history, drawing on the collections of the Lyon Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée d’Art Contemporain (macLYON)”
macLYON, Lyon, France
Image: Ali Cherri, The Flying Machine, 2017. Installation view: MACLyon, 2020 © Photo Blaise Adilon.
Sammy Baloji and Sinzo Aanza are taking part in the collective exhibition Kinshasa, la ville vue par ses artistes contemporains, cur. : Dominique Malaquais, Sébastien Godret, Fiona Meadows, Claude Allemand, and Éric Androa Mindre Kolo.
Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, Paris, France — co-produced with MIAM, Sète
Image: Sinzo Aanza, Épreuve d’allégorie, 2017. ph. Gaston Bergeret – Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, 2020.
Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum in Istanbul bids farewell to 2020 with an exhibition highlighting the global crisis under the influence of the pandemic. “Crystal Clear”, curated by Elena Sorokina, brings together the works of twenty artists from different countries and generations who engage with the questions of transparency and opacity, earth and de-growth, and the extractive logic that we have to challenge.
Image: Sammy Baloji, Détail de site d’extraction artisanale #2, 2012, from the series Kolwezi
The 5th edition of SI’s annual Architecture and Design Series, entitled The Space Between Classrooms, is curated by artist Alia Farid. The exhibition will feature newly commissioned as well as existing works that respond to educational infrastructures, interrogate prescribed learning, and seek to redraw parameters of knowledge.
With works by: Olga Casellas, Marco Abarca, Khalid Al Gharaballi, Alfred Roth, Nuria Montiel, Mohamed Bourouissa, Sofía Olascoaga, Atelier Aziz Alqatami, Gala Porras-Kim, Abdullah Al Mutairi, Jumana Manna, Haig Aivazian, Oscar Murillo, and Cecilia Vicuña
Bringing together artists from around the world who are attuned to this singular moment in history, The Normal showcases international perspectives, including new ways of working with artists to produce works that respond to the imperatives of sustainability. Crucially, it looks to highlight how our laws, histories and communities are entangled with viruses, ecosystems and each other, foregrounding the role that art plays in envisaging different relationships to worlds that have yet to emerge.
Image: James Webb, There’s No Place Called Home (Edinburgh), 2021. Courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery, photo: Sally Jubb
Alia Farid’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, cur. by Rosa de Graaf, with a new commission in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, United States.
Alia Farid, Maske Paske Wi, 2020, two-channel video-loop. Co-commissioned by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Installation image: Alia Farid, a solo exhibition at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photographer: Kristien Daem.
Alia Farid is taking part in the collective exhibition Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections, cur. David Ayala-Alfonso, prod. Independent Curators International (ICI)
MSU Broad, East Lansing, USA
Emeka Ogboh is taking part in the exhibition Amuse-bouche. The Taste of Art, cur. Annja Müller-Alsbach
Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Emeka Ogboh, Sufferhead Original, 2019. Exhibition view: The Taste of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, 2020.
Sammy Baloji and Younès Rahmoun are taking part in the collective exhibition “Our World is Burning“, cur. Abdellah Khartoum and Fabien Danesi
The exhibition Our World is Burning offers a fully political view of international contemporary creation seen from the Gulf, where wars and diplomatic tensions have constantly determined the history of the early 21st century. The title explicitly refers to the human disasters generated by the successive conflicts in this region, while bringing in as broadly as possible the ecological catastrophes…
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Younès Rahmoun, Nafas (Breath) and La-Nafas (Non-Breath), 2001. “Our World is Burning”, Palais de Tokyo, 2020. Photo: Aurélien Mole
Alia Farid is taking part in the collective exhibition Glass and Concrete – Manifestations of the Impossible, cur. Friederike Fast
Marta Herford, Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford, Germany
Alia Farid, Ma’arad Trablous, 2016, video still. © Alia Farid
Alia Farid’s At the Time of the Ebb is part of the new collections’ display of the Bonnefantenmuseum: Beating around the bush #6: Scenes from the Anthropocene. Since 2014, the Bonnefanten has been presenting its collection in an explorative way in the exhibition programme Beating around the bush. In different episodes, both the fixed values and the ‘quiet reserve’ of the collection are brought into dialogue with new and proposed acquisitions.
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Alia Farid, At the Time of the Ebb, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photo: Kristien Daem.
Ali Cherri is taking part in the exhbition “Orientalism, The construction of images of the Near East and of North Africa (1800-1956)” at IVAM, l’Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, cur. Rogelio López Cuenca and Sergio Rubira.
“This exhibition seeks to analyse and question some of those commonplaces in the images that were produced between the time of the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt and Syria (1798-1801) and 1956, the year when Morocco and Tunisia gained their independence. The show highlights the way in which avant-garde movements established relationships with Oriental “exoticism” in their attempt to break away from the canon of tradition.”
Ali Cherri, Hybrids (E), 2018
James Webb is taking part in the collective exhibition Ernest Mancoba — An Artist and His Legacy, cur. Joanna Sandell
Södertälje Konsthall, Södertälje, Sweden
James Webb, Invisibilia, 2018. Photo: Tadzio
Sammy Baloji is taking part in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, cur. Brook Andrew.
For his research project at NIRIN, he draws on these earlier works by confronting two operational cultural modes (the kasalaand lukasa) to critically approach the imposition of identity frontiers during the colonial period. Thus, his artistic research aims to capture these pre-colonial political and aesthetic codes and to create narrative devices, including the postcolonial socio-political framework.
Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia
Sammy Baloji, Kasala, The Slaughterhouse of Dreams or the First Human, Bende’s Error, 2019. 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Cockatoo Island. Photo: Zan Wimberley.
James Webb is taking part in the outdoor, summer exhibition Konst i Ån, taking place in and around the Norrtälje river, cur. Helén Hedensjö (Norrtälje Konsthall).
One of the pieces is Untitled (duet with one singer missing) which takes Olivier Messiaen’s duet, “La mort du nombre,” and presents it with just one singer. The reduction of the original piece creates a situation where the soprano’s part is primary, and the reading of the song’s dialectical lyrics becomes altered due to the absence of those of the tenor.
The artwork is broadcast along the river, close to Lilla Brogatan, daily on the half hour from 12am to 6pm.
Norrtälje Ån, Sweden
James Webb participates in freq_wave: 7 seas, a collaborative, online sound installation conceptualised and curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff, co-curated by Alonso Vázquez, and supported and commissioned by the TBA21 Academy.
Like a sonic cadavre exquis, each freq_wave is formed from the work of 12 artists invited to compose audio pieces within separate, strict frequency bands. The pieces are made in isolation to one another and are brought together in the environment of an online mixing desk where the audience can perform the 12 compositions simultaneously. For this, the fourth iteration, all the audio has been created with, and in response to the conceptual and auditory dynamics of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean.
Participating artists: Christina Kubisch, Stephen O’Malley, Thierry Charollais, Felix Blume, James Webb, Christine Ödlund, Tim Story, Christopher Chaplin, Mike Harding, Schneider TM, Jacob Kirkegaard, and Kent Tankred.
Sammy Baloji is taking part in the collective exhibition “À toi appartient le regard entre et (…) la liaison infinie entre les choses” (“Who Is Gazing?”) at musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, cur. Christine Barthe.
Photography, video, installation: for the first time, the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac is dedicating a major exhibition within its walls to contemporary images in all their forms. In the wake of its residency programme and surveys conducted over the last ten or so years, the exhibition presents twenty-six non-European artists from a variety of backgrounds, both young and emerging talents.
Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
Photo: Alessandra Bello
Imane Farès s proud to announce its participation to the 7th edition of Paris Gallery Weekend, the annual highlight of modern and contemporary art in Paris.
Some forty modern and contemporary art galleries warmly invite you to discover their exhibitions around a rich and festive programme that fosters encounters with art world key players. Routes are designed to guide visitors from one gallery to another.
Sammy Baloji is taking part in the annual exhibition of the residents of l’Académie de France in Rome, cur. Lorenzo Romito
Image: Sammy Baloji, Mfuba’s extract, 2020, acrylic painting on paper. Installation view: French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici. Photo © Daniele Molajoli. Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis
Sammy Baloji, Mohssin Harraki and Younès Rahmoun are taking part in the exhibition Global(e) Resistance, pour une histoire engagée de la collection contemporaine, de Jonathas de Andrade à Billie Zangewa, cur. by Christine Macel, Alicia Knock and Yung Ma.
The exhibition Global(e) Resistance unveils for the first time the works of more than sixty artists gathered over the last decade, the majority of whom come from the Global South (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America) and aims to examine contemporary strategies of resistance.
Global(e) Resistance also poses theoretical questions that range from the articulation of aesthetics and politics to the very relationship between the museum and politics within the art world.
Musée national d’art moderne/Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Exhibition view: Global(e) Résistance, Centre Pompidou, Galerie d’art graphique, Galerie du musée, Galerie 0 – Musée, niveau 4, Paris. 29 juillet 2020 – 4 janvier 2021. Crédit photo : Centre Pompidou/Audrey Laurans
Eye presents a group exhibition that explores landscape with some of the Arab world’s most prominent artists who work with film and video. In this exhibition, the participating artists challenge and reshape views of the region by drawing on a host of complex and entangled issues, ranging from geography and conflict to belonging. Including works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, Heba Y. Amin, Jananne Al-Ani, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mohamad Hafeda, Larissa Sansour, Hrair Sarkissian, and Wael Shawky.
Curated by Nat Muller in collaboration with Jaap Guldemond and Marente Bloemheuvel.
Image: Ali Cherri, Trembling Landscapes, 2014. Installation view: Eye Filmmuseum © Studio Hans Wilschut
Ali Cherri participates in the collective exhibition La vie des tables at the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, coproduced by Festival d’Automne à Paris, cur. Claire Le Restif.
“Whether in the kitchen, workshop or office, tables embody the place where intuitions take shape and are sometimes the only place where artists can work. La vie des tables pays tribute to this relationship with the “work table” – a place of refuge, play-area and obligatory passing-place.”
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Image: Ali Cherri, La Mort dans l’âme, 2020, Photo: Marc Domage / le Crédac
Ali Cherri is taking part in the exhibition The Park: Becoming a Body of Water, one of the exhibitions of “Traits d’union.s”, the central program of Manifesta 13 Marseille.
This exhibition will look at the links between nature and culture, between human beings and other living creatures, based on the history of the two museums. The artists involved in this project are Minia Biabiany, Center for Creative Ecologies (collective composed by Isabelle Carbonell, Hannah Meszaros Martin, T. J. Demos), Ali Cherri, Peter Fend, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Reena Spaulings.
Musée des Beaux-Arts and Museum of Natural History, Marseille, France
Image: Ali Cherri, The Gatekeepers, 2020. © Jean Christophe Lett / Manifesta
“An evening that takes us from Beirut, Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, Gaza and Jerusalem to Spitsbergen, Iceland, Brittany and the Mojave Desert. Featuring films by artists who look at landscapes from the perspective of recollection and exile, such as Basma Alsharif’s experimental film Ouroboros (2017) and Mira Adoumier’s visual essay Errans (2019)”
The evening is curated by Nat Muller, guest curator of the exhibition “Trembling Landscapes: Between Reality & Fiction”. With an introduction by Lara Khaldi. Followed by a Q&A with Basma Alsharif.
Image: Basma Alsharif, Ouroboros, 2017. Installation view.
Mohssin Harraki is taking part in the collective exhibition Infinie Liberté, a contemporary art exhibition and the heart of the Resurgence project set up by the Causses and Dordogne Valley community of municipalities.
The 2020 edition is entitled Infinie Liberté. It will honour the avant-garde figure of Nancy Cunard and her struggles. The selection of around forty works focuses on committed artists, dealing with human rights and social inequalities. Infinie Liberté is made up of works on loan from the Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, which this year is signing a partnership as part of its Vivantes! exhibition sequence, a programme devoted to the place of women in art and its history.
Mohssin Harraki, Le Chant de l’Ombre (1), je suis mon propre invité, 2018, from a series of eight inkjet prints on photo paper. Collection Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA
James Webb participates in Audiosphere. Sound Experimentation 1980-2020 with a new commissioned work, cur. Francisco López.
The exhibition “looks to cover an historical and cultural void in terms of the recognition, exhibition and analysis of a key part of the recent changes that have taken place in the artistic conception of sound creation.”
The Kunstmuseum Ravensburg is showing for the first time in Germany the haunting sound and light installation The Way Earthly Things Are Going by Emeka Ogboh which the Nigerian artist conceived for documenta 14 in Athens in 2017.
Image: Emeka Ogboh, The Way Earthly Things Are Going, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, 2020. Photo © Wynrich Zlomke
The Rmn – Grand Palais is taking part in the Africa 2020 Season by inviting the artist Sammy Baloji to create two exceptional sculptures for the pedestals of the facade of the Grand Palais, on the Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau side., cur. Chris Deacon.
Image: Sammy Baloji, Johari – Brass Band, 2020. © Collection Grand Palais, photo Didier Plowy
Villa Médicis — Villa Kujoyama — Casa de Velázquez
Image: Sammy Baloji, Tales of the Copper Cross Garden, Episode 1, Photo © Louise Quignon – Hans Lucas pour le festival ! Viva Villa!
Based on the results of a questionnaire circulated in Reims and beyond, the artist composed a beer whose flavour relates the respondents’ relationship to social and political engagement. This gastronomic creation, produced in collaboration with SHED/Senses Brewing, will be accompanied by a musical intervention by the artist, who uses sound to decipher and reformulate the scores of stories to be rewritten.
Emeka Ogboh at the Cleveland Museum of Art © The Darkroom Co. 2018
“As lockdown momentarily silenced the cities and stopped traffic, people started to notice nature in different ways. In this conversation with artists James Webb and Tonya McMullan, we explore how their works entangle with birds and bees respectively, thinking about what it means to be aware of, to communicate with, think through, negotiate and live alongside other species.” Talbot Rice Gallery, Edimburgh
Zoom Webinar, Free admission and online booking
James Webb, There’s No Place Called Home (Edinburgh), 2021. Courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery, photo: Sally Jubb