Following the example of Black History Month in the United States, young Ivorians (Tchewolo le Blog, the Afrokemit collective and YL Studio) are organising the 2nd Ivory Coast Black History Month by emphasising the richness of the cultural heritage. The four major ethnic groups (Akan, Krou, Mandé, Grou) of Ivory Coast are the theme of the 2021 edition which takes place throughout the month of February. The launch took place at the new Adama Tougara Museum of Contemporary Cultures in the commune of Abobo.
(Re)Inventing. This is how the 2021 edition of the In Out Dance Festival in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, was named, with performances on 3, 6 and 10 February. In this period when humanity is facing an unprecedented health crisis, many events await the spectators in the heart of the popular districts of the cities, but also in the theatres, the prison, and the military camp of Bobo-Dioulasso.
From 3 February, the Institute of Islamic Cultures (ICI) in Paris presents a collective adventure. Zone franche is the result of a meeting between Doual’art, Think Tanger and ICI, artistic structures located in Cameroon, Morocco and France. The exhibition (in digital mode for the time of the confinement of the museums) proposes to look differently at « the movement of travellers, goods and imaginary beyond the material or invisible limits ».
In Ségou, from 4 to 7 February, the 17th edition of Ségou’Art, the Festival on Niger, opens its doors on the theme of « Culture and Covid-19: What space for digital in Africa ». A special edition, under the sign of resilience and social cohesion around three key elements: the contemporary art fair of Mali, the Kôré Fab Lab and seminars, conferences and debates.
After being hit by a fire on 18 January, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Bozar, reopened its doors and presents until 30 March Léonard Pongo: Primordial Earth. An exploration of the diversity of the landscapes of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Through allegorical imagery of the country, the artist transforms the environment and the sensory experience of landscapes into a place of reconstruction.
On 6 February, the first all-digital edition of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the largest in the world, will award the prizes of its three competitions, including an international competition with some ten films by African directors in the running.
Omar Ba, a rising star on the African scene, will present his paintings at the Templon Gallery in Brussels from 4 February under the title Anomalies. The work of the Senegalese artist, who lives and works between Dakar and New York, intrigues by his way of questioning history, politics and society through « personal metaphors, ancestral references and hybrid figures ».
We make drawings in the earth is interested in the connections between women. A collective exhibition organised from February 6th by the young Parisian gallery 31 Project, dedicated to the promotion of African contemporary art scenes. It brings together four women: the Senegalese artist Naomi Lulendo lives and works in Dakar; Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, born in Paris, has been living in Paris since she left the Ivory Coast in 2004 during the civil war; Georgina Maxim lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe; Charlotte Yonga, born in Paris of a French mother and a Cameroonian father, now lives and works in Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France.
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On Sunday 7 February, the new ephemeral channel Culturebox broadcasts at 9.05 pm Une nuit au musée du Quai-Branly. The actress Carole Bouquet, « passionate about the primitive arts », promises « an intimate, subjective visit to the museum » in emblematic or more secret spaces.
An unprecedented visual dialogue promises Ex Africa – African presences in art today. The exhibition at the Musée du Quai-Branly-Jacques Chirac highlights and analyses « the relations that have united the contemporary scene and ancient African artsince the end of the 20th century ». Prevented by the closure of the museums from opening on the scheduled date (9 February), part of the exhibition will be accessible online at the end of February.
The planned opening on 27 February of Fespaco 2021 has been postponed sine die due to the pandemic. The crisis caused by the coronavirus has had « a big impact on filming, production and post-production », explained Alex Moussa Sawadogo, general delegate of the largest film festival on the continent, which this year has as its theme « The contribution of cinema to the culture of peace ».
The exhibition Resist! The Art of Resistance has just opened in digital form at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Cologne, Germany. It highlights 500 years of anti-colonial resistance in the countries of the South and tells the story of colonial oppression and its effects up to the present day. For example, the Nigerian artist Peju Layiwola deals with cultural objects looted from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria), many of which are also part of the RJM collection. Namibian activists Esther Utjiua Muinjangue and Ida Hoffmann talk about the Herero and Nama genocide in Namibia