Les Rencontres AKAA

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The Invention of Authenticity

Classifying. Putting into boxes. Comparing. Exaggerating -just slightly- the similarities and the differences in order to simplify this world, in order to understand it. A neat and tidy world with well-designed boxes: the starting point, the point of arrival. Between the two there is the unknown and the other.

For over five centuries, art and anthropology were interwoven and built the “authentic” African art object; a creation conditioned by the Northern countries and their quest for the exotic.

Today, the notion of authenticity is again and forever a mirror reflecting our expectations. What is truly an authentic artwork?

In this first edition of Les Rencontres AKAA, our panel of speakers are starting over and redefining this notion through a study of particularities, taking us back to the genesis of the artwork to explore the creative process of today’s artists, to dive into the techniques, artistic media, skills, to share stories that are rich, diverse, and true.

Les Rencontres AKAA”  is a bilingual program.
Free admission to the events taking place at the auditorium. As places are limited, please book.

17:00

Auditorium, Carreau du Temple

The Ceramic Dance

Ceramist King Houndekpinkou and Musician Fumie Hihara present “La Danse Céramique”, a performance revisiting on stage the genesis of a ceramic artwork through the four elements: earth, water, wind and fire, with the sound of the Koto (Japanese musical instrument) and the Gan (Beninese musical instrument).

14:00

Auditorium, Carreau du Temple

Parallels

Artist Admire Kamudzengerere discusses his practice and his medium alongside Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery Zimbabwe, while both speakers explore art within the contemporary Zimbabwean national context. Catinca Tabacaru, New York art dealer and co-founder of the CTG Collective, moderates the conversation.

 


15:30

Auditorium, Carreau du Temple

Gender and the Role of Today’s Institutions in Tomorrow’s History of Art

Karen Milbourne, curator at the National Museum of African art, Smithsonian Institute, discusses the inclusion of women artists in tomorrow’s history of art with artists Ato Malinda and Nnenna Okore.

 


17:00

Auditorium, Carreau du Temple

Semiotic of the Medium

Artist El Anatsui, Winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale, explains the paramount importance of exploring, choosing and mastering the medium in one’s artistic practice. In conversation with him, Salimata Diop decrypts the omnipresent linguistic aspect in his work.

14:00

Auditorium, Carreau du Temple

Creating one’s Medium

Photographer Pieter Hugo in conversation with Karolina Lewandowska, Curator at the Centre Pompidou, discusses the creative process behind his latest series and how it involves the creation of his own technique.

 


15:30

Auditorium, Carreau du Temple

The Invisible Masters

Rachid Koraïchi, in conversation with Writer and Curator Rose Issa, retraces the genesis of   the monumental installation « The Invisible Masters » : a long-term project of 99 banners relating the lives and heritage of fourteen great mystics of Islam.

 


17:00

Auditorium

Outlines of the days to come

“Outlines of the days to come” is a projection of artists’ videos curated by Dagara Dakin, bringing together films by six photographers and video makers, Jean-François Boclé, Bruno Boudjelal, Dimitri Fagbohoun, François-Xavier Gbré, Yo-Yo Gonthier, Emo de Medeiros, questioning history in a retrospective way or revisiting a more personal memory, drawing from this material to create the work.

KWERK Lounge Series

Presenting a more friendly and intimate format for discussions with the public the artistic team has created the Kwerk Lounge Series, which will take place in our VIP lounge imagined by designer and architect Albert Angel and Lawrence Knight.

11:30

VIP Lounge (open to the public)

Bandjoun Station – Culture Incubator

Artist Barthélémy Toguo and Germain Noubi, respectively Founder and Director of the Centre for visual Arts Bandjoun Station in conversation with Art Critic and Journalist Roxana Azimi, discuss the vision and mission carried by the center and the necessity of visionaries initiatives on the continent.

11:30

VIP Lounge (open to the public)

… To a New Concept

Artist Olalekan Jeyifous, Writer Nana Ocran, and Aaron Kohn, Director of the MOAD, discuss the relationship between architecture and design, and the emergence of an evermore (inter)connected Africa. To a New Concept… is a look at theoretical drawings, timeless architectures, and even tangible furniture that collectively arrive at a new and changing idea of Africa.

Booksigning

15:30

Bookstore Artcurial (open to the public)

Booksigning of Invisible Masters by artist Rachid Koraïchi, and Signs of Our Times, From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti  by Rose Issa in attendance of the authors.

 


18:00

VIP Lounge (open to the public)

Artist Bruce Clarke presents the book Ghosts of the Sea, edited by ARTCO Gallery. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.