Curated by Simon Njami and co-curated by Elena Motisi, the exhibition has been realised together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – DGMO, with Eni is that main partner, and through the intensity and richness of African art, highlights the beauty and contradictions of the cities and the world of today. More than 100 works by 34 African artists thus become elements of an imaginary city, of a path that—through photographs, installations, sculptures, fabrics and videos—reproduces the chaos, the richness and the multiple facets of contemporary African and global identity.
The curators have identified five metropolitan actions — Wandering, Belonging, Recognising, Imagining and Reconstructing — that recount an imaginary city and permit visitors to interpret both the physical and the mental space of a contemporary metropolis. Monumental works alternate with intimate pieces and site-specific reworkings.
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, Maurice Pefura, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Antoine Tempé, Andrew Tshabangu, Sarah Waiswa, Ouattara Watts, James Webb, Amina Zoubir.
Throughout the duration of African Metropolis and road to justice, a rich programme of events with explore the themes of the exhibitions: encounters with African artists, architects and writers, live dance and music, a film season on the occasion of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
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