21 conferences to get 2021 off to a superb birth

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In Sérignan, Paris, Ouagadougou, Cotonou, New York or around the world, indoors or outdoors, on picture rails or hung on railings during this month of January, where the main cultural events are planned. African? Here are 21 suggestions for the start of 2021. And do not hesitate to send us your “essentials” for this year to fipageculture@yahoo.fr.

At present, it is not yet known whether museums in France will really open on 8 January. In any case, the Ghanaian artist and the golden lion of Venice, El Anatsui, had already prepared everything for the opening, originally scheduled for December 16, by his carte blanche at the Conciergerie de Paris. In Search of Freedom was perceived as the symbolic opening of AfricaSeason 2020 and its more than 200 events in France to “look at and understand the world from an African point of view”. It is also the first solo exhibition with this extraordinary artist in France.

Also awaiting the government’s green light, Le Père de Nafi, whose theatrical in France was originally planned for 6 January. A film gem by Senegalese director Mamadou Dia, Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival and also awarded the Audience Award at the Vues d’Afriqueau Quebec Festival.

Despite the closure of the museums, a photographic exhibition will be opened from 6 to 27 January around the gate of the Saint-Jacques tower in Paris. A journey in images about the challenges of Congolese society, Congo in Conversation, is the result of an ambitious collaborative project, coordinated by photographer FinbarrO’Reilly.

From 7 to 10 January, the 6th Soko Festival in Ouagadougou brings together more than twenty musicians and artists from Burkina Faso under the theme Smile for Life with participants from Burkina Faso, Mali, Congo, Niger, Nigeria …

The 29th festival Suresnes Cités Danse (January 8 – 31) in the Paris region has planned to open its doors with One shot by choreographer Ousmane Sy, one of the great French representatives in house dance and afro house, who suddenly died last week and whose style includes movements inspired by traditional African dancers. An exclusive and 100% feminine creation with eight powerful women sharing the stage, on a musical mix of house dance and Afrobeat.

And in Morocco, you still have until January 10 to take advantage of the WelcomeHome Vol. IIdu Museum of Modern African Art AlMaadende Marrakech. From its collection of more than 2000 works, MACAAL promises “an unprecedented and captivating aesthetic experience” with a new look at contemporary creation on the African continent, also thanks to its special interest in new media.

How to build “a strong relationship free from the stigmas of the past between African states and France”, wonders the exhibition Distance Ardenteau Regional Museum of Contemporary Art Occitanie (MRAC), scheduled for March 21. Under the leadership of Moroccan Commissioner Hicham Daoudi, it is a matter of measuring the distance “that separates France and the peoples of the African continent”.

On January 13, the new film by Tunisian director Kaouther ben Hania, The Man Who Sold His Skin, tells the story of a Syrian refugee forced into a Faustian pact with a contemporary artist.

Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse presents Africa in all its art states. Until May 30, Beyond the Appearance brings together African artists who share issues of transmission in contemporary societies that, beyond Africa, find resonances in France and in the rest of the world. The poetic starting point of the exhibition is a reflection of the Senegalese filmmaker Djibril DiopMambéty.

From 14 January to 3 April, ComœdiaEspace d’Art in Brest, Brittany offers Visions d’Afrique. An exhibition about the place of modern African creation and with intersecting views.

From 22 January, the Musée d’art moderne de Paris (MAM) offers the exhibition The Power of My Hands. Africa (s): female artists. Works produced by sixteen female artists from several English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking African countries or from the diaspora that provide a glimpse of a modern African art scene not presented in France. One of the many proposals for the Africa 2020 season, which was organized until July 2021 in France.

On January 23, the grand inauguration of the Paris Commerce Exchange, transformed by architect TadaoAndo, ​​is expected. This new flagship institution for contemporary art is located in the heart of the French capital and hosts over 6,800 square meters some of the 10,000 pieces from the collection of billionaire and patron François Pinault. It remains to be seen what place will be given to the works of African artists.

You have until January 31 to submit your manuscript for the 2nd edition of the Voix d’Afriques Literary Prize, initiated by the RFI and JC Lattès editions to bring out young French-speaking writers from the African continent. The winning novel will be nominated next March for publication scheduled for September. The winner will also benefit from a stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which is a partner in the award. Who will be the successor to Abobo Marley, winner of the 2020 award?

Between 18 and 24 January, the International Documentary Festival (FIPADOC) in Biarritz promises “extraordinary works selected from around the world”, certainly also films from Africa.

Until January 23, you can discover the world’s artists, an exhibition at the French Institute in Cotonou. Curator Dominique Zinkpéa brought together a dozen contemporary Benin visual artists to invest in painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video art …

Expanded after incarceration, you still have until July 5 to visit the large exhibition Kinshasa Chronicles in the City of Architecture and Heritage in Paris. 70 artists from Kinshasa make their imagination vibrate to make us hear the creative energy and foundation of the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A collective work of art in the form of chronicles.

January 24 will be the World Day of African and Afro-descendant Culture (JMCA), proclaimed by Unesco in 2019. The idea is to promote all kinds of events related to African and Afro-descendant culture that are essential for the development of the continent and for humanity in general.

The Parisian gallery Magnin-A is still presenting an exhibition featuring very young African artists until 20 February. The 28-year-old Congolese HilaryBalu, in her latest series, Voyage verse Mars, metaphorically portrayed the tragedy of contemporary migration. As for the Nigerian JosephObanubi, this multimedia artist was finally in the Contemporary African Photography Prize 2019 with Techno Heads and he won the British Council Prize for Emerging Artists in Nigeria in 2019.

From January 29 to February 6, the international court of the Clermont-Ferrand Festival takes place in central France. While we wait to know if there will be African films in the 2021 competition at the largest festival in the world dedicated to short films, we can already be happy about the special selection “Regards d’Afrique”, which always offers a discovery of young people African filmmakers. gives “the tone of a new Africa”.

Arte del mar (“The Art of the Sea”) is the title of the exhibition that the Metropolitan Museum of New York has just inaugurated on artistic exchanges on the edge of the Caribbean Sea before the 16th century between the civilizations of the Taínode archipelago of the Caribbean and their powerful peers on the continent. This is the first Met exhibition that considers the Caribbean as its own contact zone. Works of art on display until June 27 celebrate the region’s ancestral traditions, and a 20th-century painting by an Afro-Caribbean artist explores their enduring heritage.

Until May 2, the Museum of Contemporary Art ZeitzMocaa in Cape Town, South Africa, Waiting for Gebane, presents a retrospective by South African artist Senzeni Marasela. The exhibition traces important themes in her practice, especially with regard to the artist’s alter ego, Theodorah. Inspired by her mother, she explores the role of black women working in South Africa, exposed to the devastating effects of migration, patriarchy and apartheid.

Send us your “essentials” about African culture in 2021 to fipageculture@yahoo.fr.

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