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Also Known As Africa: An Exhibition Exploring A Boarderless Africa

At the very beginning of this month we did promise you one that would be full of art and culture. And we’ve been true to our word so far. Earlier this week we came across an art fair due to take place in Paris next month. It’s the first of its kind and we simply cannot wait to see it!

Fatiha Zemouri, Untitled, 2016, Wood charcoal, 150 x 150 x 2 cm, Courtesy Fatiha Zemour
Fatiha Zemouri, Untitled, 2016, Wood charcoal, 150 x 150 x 2 cm, Courtesy Fatiha Zemour

Also Known As Africa (AKAA) is a celebration of the creative spirit of Africa, as well as a journey of discovery of those artists, leading and emerging, in and out of the continent, whose talent is at the forefront of contemporary art in Africa.

Joana Choumali, Mrs. Martine, Cprint. Oyster 275gsm, 80/60cm, Edition of 7, 120/90cm, Edition of 3, Courtesy of 50 Golborne
Joana Choumali, Mrs. Martine, Cprint. Oyster 275gsm, 80/60cm, Edition of 7, 120/90cm, Edition of 3, Courtesy of 50 Golborne

This is the first Parisian art fair devoted to contemporary art and design from Africa. The first edition of this fair will be taking place over three days (from the 11th-13th) next month at the Carreau du Temple.

AKAA claims an Africa without borders, a moving territory, a continent that cannot be reduced to a single definition.

Nicola Lo Calzo, Ayiti Series, Céleur / «Launcher of rope» / Group Theodore, Taondreau / Carnival in Jacmel, Jacmel, 2013, Color print on Hahnemüle Fine Art paper, 50 x 50 cm, Courtesy of Dominique Fiat
Nicola Lo Calzo, Ayiti Series, Céleur / «Launcher of rope» / Group Theodore, Taondreau / Carnival in Jacmel, Jacmel, 2013, Color print on Hahnemüle Fine Art paper, 50 x 50 cm, Courtesy of Dominique Fiat

A committee of international experts have been working with founder and director Victoria Mann; as a result of their tireless work, 30 international galleries will be bringing AKAA to the rest of the world. These galleries are located in 11 different countries, including Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Algeria.

Nicola Brandt, Remembering Those Who Built This Line, Swakopmund, Namibia, 2012, Digital pigment Print, 75 x 55 cm, Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Nicola Brandt, Remembering Those Who Built This Line, Swakopmund, Namibia, 2012, Digital pigment Print, 75 x 55 cm, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

All participants are dedicated to present the richness of contemporary art from Africa in all of its plurality as expressed by artists of the African continent, diaspora and artists whose work reflects their personal experience of Africa.

With such a pan African collaboration it is not something to be missed, regardless of what city you are in!

Rut Blees Luxemburg, Monument, 2003, C-print contrecollé sur aluminium, 90 x 115 cm © Rut Blees Luxemburg - Courtesy Dominique Fiat, Paris
Rut Blees Luxemburg, Monument, 2003, C-print contrecollé sur aluminium, 90 x 115 cm Courtesy Dominique Fiat, Paris

To find out more about this year’s AKAA, click here.


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Ama Badu

For reviews, premiers and red carpet events on the Afro-British scene, Ama is your go-to blogger. With an analytical mind and articulate pen, she hopes to write articles that will get Africa (and indeed the world) discussing “real” issues and tangible solutions.

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