Rencontres AKAA

Curatorial voices


This year’s panel discussions, performances and ‘cartes blanches’ are an attempt to open up a new narrative about the decentralisation of artistic practices, curatorial patterns and academic discourse.

Curated by Armelle Dakouo, several ‘curatorial voices’ – artists or artists’ collectives, curators or cultural players – will be invited to engage in a dialogue, helping to highlight the artist’s practice in the context of his or her exhibition space, and hence of expression.

The program is free and will take place on Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 October in the Auditorium of the Carreau du Temple.

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- Saturday, October 21 -

2:00pm - 3:30pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

The portrait as conversation or the portrait as the mirror of society

A panel discussion moderated by Jeanne Mercier, Curator, Critic and Founder of Afrique In Visu, with :

  • Prisca Munkeni Furie : Artist
  • Delphine Diallo : Artist
  • Ange-Frédéric Koffi : Artist and Curator

The invited artists will discuss their photographic practices around the work of portraiture, from its creation to its curation. As a mirror of its time, how is Portrait used by different generations to question the representations of a society, its behaviours, its myths and its utopias?

In French

4:00pm - 5:30pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

Making Space

A panel discussion moderated by Allison Glenn, Curator, Critic, Author, with :

  • April Bey : Artist
  • Gaëlle Choisne : Artist

The dialogue will focus on speculative futures, narrative, science fiction, fragments, love and mythmaking, through April Bey’s Atlantica, an extraterrestrial world based in uchronic familial histories that the artist explores through a painting practice, and Gaëlle Choisne’s Temple of Love (2018-ongoing), a continuous peregrination through A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (1977) by Roland Barthes, through the creation of installation-based gathering spaces that invite collaboration. 

In English

6:00pm - 7:30pm

What are your thoughts?

Dr. Fahamu Pecou, Artist and guest Curator, and Cosmo Whyte, invited Artist for the monumental installation, in conversation.

For his project Limin/en, Cosmo Whyte seeks to reconstruct and reclaim the fragmented histories and identities that have been torn apart by colonialism and white supremacy. Through his installation, he aims to bring together the scattered pieces of Black subjectivity, reconnecting them to their roots and reimagining a future that is rooted in liberation and self-determination.

In English

- Sunday, October 22 -

11:00am - 12:30pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

Bal.l.ade Collection

A panel discussion moderated by Véronique Rieffel, Galerist and Publisher, with:

  • Clay Apenouvon: Artist
  • Makenzy Orcel: Writer
  • Najia Mehadji: Artist
  • Patrick Laffont de Lojo : Visual Artist, Scenographer and Graphic Designer

The new Bal.l.ade collection – alluding both to the notion of promenade and to a piece that is poetic and musical – mirrors the image of the Galerie 110 Véronique Rieffel. Its aim is to create resonances between the world of a visual artist and that of an author. Gallery owner and publisher Véronique Rieffel will be in conversation with artists and authors about their respective creations and how they integrate curatorial practice into their work.

In French

2:00pm - 3:30pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

Africa at the time of the world

A panel discussion moderated by Valérie Nivelon, Journalist and Producer of the program La marche du Monde on RFI  with:

  • Mamadou Diouf: Senegalese intellectual, writer and historian, Professor of History and African Studies at Columbia University
  • Sarah Frioux-Salgas: Head of Archives and Documentation at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, publisher and co-founder of the Ròt-Bò-Krik publishing house

To mark the release of the book, L’Afrique dans le temps du monde, published by Ròt-Bò-Krik, the conversation will focus on the multiple pasts and futures of the Black Atlantic, and the writing of African and Black history. Mamadou Diouf will discuss history with a capital H, but also the history that makes up our arts and culture. 

In French

4:00pm - 5:30pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

Artistic outreach players and their impact on the art world

A panel discussion moderated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Curator, Critic, Publisher and Head of Artistic and Cultural Programming at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, with

  • Lauren Tate Baeza, African Art Curator at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta
  • Savannah G M Wood, Director of Afro Charities, Baltimore
  • Richard Mudariki, Artist, Curator and Founder of artHARARE

 Artist, curator or founder of an institution, all speakers have one thing in common: they are working to increase the visibility in the art world for African and African-American artists – modern or contemporary. To do this, they create specific tools and working spaces. At the heart of their process, the question of archives is crucial. 

In English

Signatures de livres

- Saturday, October 21 -

3:30pm - 4:00pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

Book signing – OTHERS SHALL COME

OTHERS SHALL COME, Curatorial voices, an Art Book co-published by AKAA and JBE Books. Book signing with authors Jeanne Mercier and Armelle Dakouo.

5:30pm - 4:00pm

Book signing – OTHERS SHALL COME

OTHERS SHALL COME, Curatorial voices, an Art Book co-published by AKAA and JBE Books. Book signing with authors Allison Glenn and Armelle Dakouo.

- Sunday, October 22 -

1:30pm - 2:00pm Auditorium - Carreau du Temple

Book signing – L’Afrique dans le temps du monde

Book signing L’Afrique dans le temps du monde by Mamadou Diouf, published by Ròt-Bò-Krik.