venerdì 3 luglio 2009


événement culturel continental, 40 ans après celui qui a eu lieu à Alger en 1969.| 05|07|2009 > 20|07|2009

Littérature - Conférences avec de grands écrivains. - Colloques sur la littérature africaine. - Réédition des grands auteurs. Bande dessinée - Concours pour jeunes créateurs. - Expositions. Cinéma - Projection sur les places publiques. - Tournées des ciné-bus. - Grande fête du cinéma africain. - Production de documentaires sur l'Algérie et les mouvements de libération. Théâtre - Hommage aux grands du théâtre africain. - Représentations, ateliers multidisciplinaires. Chorégraphie - Festival arabo-africain de danses folkloriques. - Tournées des troupes de danses Musique - Concerts de vedettes africaines. Arts visuels et mode - Arts contemporains, design. - Expo photos, art africain au féminin. Patrimoine et artisanat d'art - Expo "Le Sahara", architecture de terre, arts anciens. - Exposition des 17 chefs-d'oeuvre du patrimoine immatériel. Colloques et conférences - Colloque sur les grands anthropologues. - Colloque sur 
Mouloud Mammeri, Cheikh Anta Diop, Ahmadou Hampate Bâ. - Colloque sur la zaouia Tidjaniya et l'oralité africaine. - Conférence "Afrique, femmes et développement". - Hommage à Frantz Fanon. - Conférence sur les origines du jazz.

giovedì 2 luglio 2009

Gallery MOMO presents : Mary Sibande

Event info

Gallery MOMO is proud to present Mary Sibande, opening Thursday 9 July @ 18h00 - 20h00 and concluding 3 August 2009.

52, 7th avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

This show is a collection of fantasies and imagined narratives centering round the character Sophie, a maid. Sibande is not looking at the negatives of being a domestic worker, but rather the humanity and commonalities of people despite the boxes we find ourselves in. The modern fabric is moulded into many forms that are combined with Victorian references, making the pieces completely foreign and at the same time Sophie's own. By subverting the simple maids' uniform in the creation of Sophie's hybrid dress she/it has become the canvas for storytelling.

When Sophie puts on her maid's uniform, the simple pattern becomes this imaginative Victorian dress that turns into a superhero's outfit which allows her the freedom to express her imagination. Through her aspirations, Sophie has gained the desire to imagine and travel to non real spaces and times. Sophie tags herself into scenarios like a graffiti artist would tag his signature on a public wall.

Playing with the body interests Sibande, not only using the body as a stage or a platform for playing out scenes from fantasies and realities but also challenging the viewer's expectations. Sophie is always in a state of transformation, by going beyond the ordinary and the expectations of being a maid. The atmosphere that Sophie is presented in is always one that she aspires to and seeks for, with her closed eyes. Sophie is an idea that came about from looking at a "traditional role", in the context of South Africa, for black women. For Sophie the fabrics used to construct the costumes (maids' overalls), has proven to be rich with meaning and they are a form of escape from the real world.

mercoledì 1 luglio 2009

ABLADE GLOVER - 75 anniversary

ABLADE GLOVER75 year AnniversaryOctober GalleryLondon | Grande-Bretagne | 02/07/2009 -- 01/08/2009

In his 75th Anniversary show, Ablade Glover, one of Ghana's foremost painters, will exhibit a selection of work revealing his lifelong passion for life, activity and colour. Using warm pigments expressive of the sun and heat of his country, Glover depicts vibrant scenes that mirror the exuberant variety of Africa; the bustling market stalls, the brightly-attired crowds and all the energy of Ghana. Glover insists that oil painting has an integral part to play in the contemporary arts of Africa, both as a means of individual expression and as a potent medium in which to record and celebrate the visual richness of the continent. In the New African Life (Dec 1995) magazine, Anver Versi had this to say of a visit to Glover's studio in Accra, "…there, hanging on the wall, was the whole market painted in throbbing, bright colours. When you looked at it for some time, the painting seemed to resolve into three dimensions and you could see, individual people walking about, trading, talking, laughing, and, I swear, I felt I could even hear the sounds of the market as well!" Trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States, Dr. Glover has accumulated a number of distinctions, which underline his significance as an artist and enthusiastic educator both in Ghana and on the international art scene. Until 1994 he was Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Art Education and Dean of the College of Art at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. More recently, he was awarded the Distinguished AFGRAD Alumni Award by the African-American Institute in New York, and he is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London. At present he occupies a significant place in Ghana's contemporary art scene, as founder and director of the internationally acclaimed Artists Alliance Gallery in Accra, Ghana, which was officially opened by the Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. This purpose-built space supports local artists and presents both traditional and contemporary African art. The universality of Glover's work is reflected in the breadth and variety of his collectors. His work can be found in such diverse public and private collections around the world as the Imperial Palace Collection of Japan, the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport amongst others. He has exhibited extensively in West Africa, Europe, the USA and Japan.