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
Novelist, playwright, Congolese visual artist, Sinzo Aanza, 29, knows Kinshasa, alias Kin, like no one else, the violence of his polyphonic nights, streaked with power outages.
Following a blunder by the army, it is up to citizens from a working-class district of Kinshasa to decide how much compensation each of the families of the victims is entitled to. With a lightness of touch, Aristide Tarnagda brings to the stage a caustic debate on the socio-political situation in Congo and its prevailing cynicism.
Coproduced by Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Event organized within the framework of the Africa 2020 Season.
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
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
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.