Against the flow of time
This year’s cultural program titled, Against the flow of time, inspired by Birago Diop’s memoir (Présence Africaine), reflects on time and its effect on society. Artists contribute to the definition of time which shapes our history, impacted by the past.
For many time has stretched and even stoped this past year.We have had to learn patience again, teaching us a new appreciation for the true value of the things, beings and our surroundings. Will the race against time that we inflict upon ourselves become obsolete?
Five panel discussions and the publication of an ART BOOK will guide us through the representations of time imagined by artists.
A panel-discussion moderated in French by Farah Clémentine Dramani-Issifou, independent curator (film & art), with:
Movements of time constitute the strength of the works by Lélia Demoisy, Fransix Tenda- Lomba and Maya-Inès Touam. Memory has shaped the artistic imagination of Fransix Tenda-Lomba and Maya-Inès Touam. Lélia Demoisy plays with the impact time has on the living. Each artist has a distinct artistic practice from photography, to sculpture or painting. They translate in their art the traces of their past, offering a representation of the passing time to better apprehend the present and the future.
A panel discussion moderated in English by Marina Paulenka, independent curator, with :
Christa David, Denae Howard and Raquel Van Haver are three artists whose artistic practice focuses on photography. Going beyond classic photography, they innovate and multiply techniques. In the digital era, collage, photomontage, and printing on different materials open the fields of possibilities. The photography medium is no longer just the final result of an artistic process, but the beginning of an artistic reflection and a part instead of a whole in a work of “augmented photography”.
A panel discussion moderated in french by Armelle Dakouo, Artistic Director of AKAA, with:
A conversation in English between Sandrine Honliasso, independent curator, and the artist Morné Visagie.
Artist, engraver and curator, Morné Visagie unfolds his talent in multiple fields. This year, his work The last Color to Fade will be presented in the central aisle of the fair as the 2021 monumental installation. A poetic mastery of color, noble materials brilliantly recycled and a finesse in the play of rectilinear forms compose his works. Everything calls for contemplation. This installation, presented for his art degree, offers a surprising interpretation of the sea, water and swimming pools with which he has had a special relationship since childhood.
A panel discussion moderated in French by Dénètem Touam Bona, philosopher and author, with :
How can we escape this continuous acceleration that exhausts our lives and empties them of meaning? Perhaps by an ecology of time that restores its fertile opacity: the humus of plural memories. Sometimes, an impromptu dance is enough to bypass our programmed behaviors. Perhaps it is up to us to delay and provide counterpoints and counter-fires to the algorithmic optimization of our existences.
With Armelle Dakouo, co-author of the art book and Artistic Director of AKAA
Presentation of the art book Artistes Africains de 1882 à nos jours, published by Phaidon, by the Galerie Véronique Rieffel
Book signing of the book Planète Afro-Berbère by Bert Flint with Morad Montazami from Zamân Books & Curating
Musical reading of the poetry recoil Leurres et lueurs by Birago Diop, with Anani Koff & Pat Saf, presented by the publisher Présence Africaine.
Book signing and presentation of the art book À rebrousse-temps, with two of the authors: Armelle Dakouo, Artistic Director of AKAA and Dénètem Touam Bona, philosopher and scholar.