Rencontres AKAA

Inventing Cities

For its 4th edition, Les Rencontres AKAA explore the urban space as an artistic media and location where artists and thinkers transform the city, re-invent urbanism and our relationships. Come and visit us at AKAA UNDERGROUND (-1 level of Carreau du Temple). Artists from various disciplinary fields are invited to share their vision of urban spaces in Africa and around the world.

This program is free and open to all.

Cinéma

- Saturday, November 09 -

02:00pm - 03:30pmAuditorium, Carreau du Temple

South Africa, chromatic portraits

Directors: Nathalie Masduraud, Valérie Urréa
Producers: ARTE France, Axe Sud
Language: French
52 mn – 2014

From David Goldblatt to Pieter Hugo and the Afrapix collective, the recent history of South Africa through the lens of its greatest photographers.

Their photographs have travelled around the world. In the 1970s, David Goldblatt’s photographs or the Afrapix Collective were leading the struggle photography movement during the rise of the anti-apartheid struggle. Born in the political turmoil in South Africa, this artistic commitment, unique in the world, is now echoed in the work of a new generation of photographers: alongside their elders, Jodi Bieber, Pieter Hugo and Zanele Muholi have in turn seized this “weapon” to witness the divisions in post-apartheid society.

From the Soweto riots of 1976, to the devastating inequalities of the present, from yesterday’s political activism to today’s visual activism, their voices and images, mixed with sometimes unpublished archival films, tell with force and emotion forty years of a brutal story, still being written.

In the presence of the directors and South African photographer Zanele Muholi.

A film screening proposed by ARTE.

Free Admission

05:00pm - 07:00pmAuditorium, Carreau du Temple

Premiere | System K

Director: Renaud Barret
Producer: La Belle Kinoise, Les Films en Vrac
Distributor: Le Pacte
Language: French
95 mn – 2019

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2017. In the urban jungle counting over 13 million inhabitants, amid social and political chaos, an eclectic and bubbling street art scene is emerging. Underground visual artists, musicians and performers create out of nothing, using recycled objects and their own bodies to express their anger, but also their dreams for change.

Despite the constant harassment of the authorities, the strong taboos of a traditionnally society and the personal struggles of the artists, the movement can no longer be stopped.

In the presence of Renaud Barret and the artists Yann Majestikos Eddie Ekete, Éric Androa Mindre Kolo and Freddy Tsimba (to be confirmed).

In partnership with Le Pacte.

Free Admission
Conférences

- Saturday, November 09 -

02:00pm - 03:30pmAKAA Underground

Art et urbanités africaines : se nourrir des imaginaires

A panel-discussion hosted in French by Widson Monteiro, partner architect at Architecture Studio Agency, with:

  • Renaud Barret, film director and photographer represented by BZZ Studio
  • Driss Ouadahi, painter 
  • Nyaba Ouedraogo, photographer

In this conversation, artists perspectives on urbanity, places, landscapes and the use of city space intersect: from the representation and interpretation of the street by Renaud Barret, to the futuristic urban visions of Driss Ouadahi or to Nyaba Ouedraogo’s look at interpersonal connections in the city. Population growth, rural exodus, climate change, sociospatial divisions, non-existent urban policies, but also the past and traditions, are markers shared by many African cities. How do facts and imagination can merge to create new African Urbanities?

In partnership with Architecture Studio.

Free Admission

04:00pm - 05:30pmAKAA Underground

Innovations within the Third Space

A panel discussion hosted in english by Jeremiah Ojo, project manager and founder of Creative Milieu Consulting, with: 

      • Prof. Zanele Muholi, Photographer represented by Carole Kvanesvski gallery
      • Bukola Oyebode, Art Magazine Editor-in-chief and Publisher
      • Patrick Quarm, Painter

      With the rapid growth in population and diversity of cities today, culture is developing much quicker as a result. With this growth, more people are coming up with new ideas to solve the many challenges that face the cities of tomorrow. It begs the question(s): where are these conversations happening? Are they formal or informal? Who are the participants attending and leading the conversations? How are people choosing to adopt or reject these ideas?  And where does culture meet innovation? Many of these questions are often developed and answered in the Third Space: a space, outside of home and work, where people can feel a sense of community, within the city.  Urban dwellers seek these spaces to find creative stimulation that prompt new ideas from old traditions, both openly shared and challenged. These spaces often birth innovation with the dynamism of hybridity. This discussion will unpack how African creatives are responding to the rapid changes in cities and how they are forging new forms of dialogue through spatial, material and digital, third spaces.

Free Admission

- Sunday, November 10 -

02:00pm - 03:30pmAKAA Underground

L’importance du design dans le développement territorial durable

A panel discussion hosted in French by Clarisse Kapferer, in charge of communication at Langages du Sud Editions, with:

        • Hicham Lahlou, designer
        • Charles Job, designer
        • Sophia Chraïbi Giorgi, designer
    • How does the designer’s work promote the creation of an innovative and efficient industrial ecosystem for a green and inclusive city? Who are these designers who, in a South/ South relationship, allow the emergence of African urban solutions? How do these designers respond to societal issues by imagining a design that plays an increasingly important role in education, creative industries and local economic policies around the world? We will discuss these questions around the book “Génération Africaine, la force du design” published by Langages du Sud and co-authored by Hicham Lahlou and Professor Mugendi.
    • A panel discussion imagined by Langages du Sud Editions, followed by the book signing of “Génération Africaine, la force du design”. 
Free Admission

04:00pm - 05:30pmAKAA Underground

Contact Zones: Innovation and Transformation in Cities

A panel discussion hosted in english by Ashraf Jamal, cultural analyst and south african author, with: 

  • Gideon Mendel, photographer represented by ARTCO
  • Yugen Blakrok, rapper
  • Adeyemi Michael, film director 

Cultural centre’s, discrete regions and territories, do not exist prior to contacts, but are sustained through them’. Every human location – cities, villages – is made up by both stasis and displacement. The genius of a city is defined by its complex ability to regenerate and transform, and maintain this inventiveness as its defining and inclusive spirit. Cultural action, the making and remaking of Identities, takes place in the contact zones, along the policed and transgressive intercultural frontiers of nations, peoples, locales. Stasis and purity are asserted – creatively and violently – against historical forces of movement and contamination. 

With the screening of “Entitled” by Adeyemi Michael, proposed by Cinewax.

Followed by the book signing of Gideon Mendel’s book and Ashraf Jamal’s “Predicaments of Culture in South Africa” and “In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art”.

Free Admission

- Monday, November 11 -

02:00pm - 03:30pmAKAA Underground

Creative Forces in Informal Settlements: perspectives from India, Kenya and South Africa

A panel discussion hosted in English by Harsita Waters, Head of Cultural Affairs at the French Alliance of Nairobi, with: 

  • Swati Janu, Indian architect
  • Justice Mukheli, South-African photographer and director, represented by Dyman Gallery
  • Erick Mutunga, Kenyan artist, coordinator of Kibera For Creative Arts

The presentations will offer views from India, Kenya and South Africa on the creative and innovative potential of communities living in informal settlements in these three countries and how community arts programmes and the solidarity economy are a force for social transformation, economic resilience and a source for inspiration.

In partnership with Alliance Française de Nairobi and Institut Français de Johannesburg.

Free Admission
Performances

- Saturday, November 09 -

06:30pm - 07:30pmAKAA Underground

Retour de pêche, by Agathe Derycke

 

This project falls in the midst of the colorful and roaring universe of the fishermen, the stillness and patience of traditional weaving and the experimentation of fishskin tanning. “Retour de pêche” from Saint Louis du Senegal is the result of an initiatory journey between raw materials, local know hows and encounters.
Displayed for the first time in May 2017 in Saint Louis du Senegal and for the opening of “La Villa Rouge” in May 2018 for the Biennale of Dakar, “Retour de pêche” takes the form of a performance with the choreographer Alioune Diagne from Saint Louis, in which fashion touches the boundaries of contemporary art.

Performance followed by a conversation with Agathe Derycke, Alioune Diagne and Sherif Sy (Atelier Meraki).

- Sunday, November 10 -

04:00pm - 05:00pmCentral Hall

Maurice Mbikayi

Walking Performance.

“In my artistic approach I regard the body (my body) as a ‘multi-dimensional medium’, which has the ability of simultaneously being physical, abstract, virtual, individual and social in the environment in which I live. This individualized and social body is a medium of transformation, socially constructed and increasingly on show as a vehicle of consumption where social status is linked to the visible exterior of the physical self.”

 

06:30pm - 07:30pmAKAA Underground

Yugen Blakrok

Concert | Hip-hop

Five years after “Return of the Astro-Goth”, Yugen Blakrok returns from the cosmic immensity and delivers an impressive lesson in style to the world with her second album, Anima Mysterium. Far from the stars but imprinted with their luminous wisdom, it is towards the Earth, humanity and darkness at their centre that the South African rapper directs her incantations. Accompanied by the beats of Kanif the Jhatmaster, Yugen’s litanic flow weaves piece by piece the borders of a world where the unconscious liberates itself and confronts man with its most hidden secrets. Yugen’s poetry has something ovidian about it and it depicts herself as an actress of Metamorphoses, a goddess reincarnated into earthly elements in order to call humanity to order.

DJ: Kanif the Jhatmaster

- Monday, November 11 -

04:00pm - 05:00pmCentral Hall

Maurice Mbikayi

Walking Performance.

“In my artistic approach I regard the body (my body) as a ‘multi-dimensional medium’, which has the ability of simultaneously being physical, abstract, virtual, individual and social in the environment in which I live. This individualized and social body is a medium of transformation, socially constructed and increasingly on show as a vehicle of consumption where social status is linked to the visible exterior of the physical self.”

Visites Guidées

- Saturday, November 09 -

10:00am - 12:00amFrances Foundation, Senlis

Hors les Murs – Kader Attia, Memory of Oblivion

Departure Carreau du Temple – Main Entrance

The artist extracts and unveils traumas from the past to value and repair them. He wields a major weapon to heal the wounds, which is the knowledge of history and the world, for a substantial otherness.

In partnership with the Frances Foundation.

Free Admission

05:00pm - 06:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Families”

Guided Tour proposed for families with children from 6 to 10 years old.

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

06:00pm - 07:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Overview”

For an overview of the fair.

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

- Sunday, November 10 -

10:00am - 12:00pmBoxing Beats, Aubervilliers

Hors les Murs – The Rumble in the Jungle

Departure Carreau du Temple – Main Entrance

The Boxing Beats Aubervilliers and B’ZZ invite you to discover an exhibition about the historical battle between Ali and Foreman in 1974 in Kinshasa.

In partnership with the Frances Foundation.

Free Admission

03:00pm - 04:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair – “Arab World”

A guided tour of the artists from Maghreb and the Middle East. 

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

04:00pm - 05:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Families”

Guided Tour proposed for families with children from 6 to 10 years old.

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

05:00pm - 06:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Overview”

For an overview of the fair.

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

- Monday, November 11 -

03:00pm - 04:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Photographies”

A tour of the photographers exhibiting in the fair. 

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

04:00pm - 05:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Families”

Guided Tour proposed for families with children from 6 to 10 years old.

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking

05:00pm - 06:00pmCentral Hall

Guided Tour of the AKAA Fair “Overview”

For an overview of the fair.

Tour Guides : Les Bateleuses

Booking