PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

Africa, assume art position!

Joël Andrianomearisoa / Abdoulaye Konaté / Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo / Mounir Fatmi, Soly Cissé, Barthélémy Toguo, Peter Eastman, Nandipha Mntambo, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Stuart Bird, Atho Patra Ruga

12 November 2010 - 30 January 2011

Africa, assume art position!
Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present “Africa, Assume Art Position!”, an important group show focused on contemporary art from Africa.
 
The artists, selected with the collaboration of Yakouba Konaté, curator of the Dakar Biennial (Senegal), present in their works a universal language.
Talking about them, Konaté states “(…) They assumed their diversity in the space and their simultaneity in time (…)”
 
In a country such as Africa, characterized by contradictions and important issues in the social, economic and political realm; art becomes the preferred way not only to escape reality. It becomes also the best way to address it, absorb it, understand it and ultimately criticize it.
 
The aim of the show is to bring to the attention of the European public a selection of works, sculptures, paintings, installations and videos, that effectively epitomize the most recent artistic trends from a country with a rich cultural and artistic tradition.
Many of the artists featured in the show have been selected for International events such as: the Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and “Africa Remix”, an important travelling exhibition presented in the main museums all over the world.
For the event, Primo Marella Gallery has published the catalogue “Africa, Assume Art Position” featuring critical essays by Prof. Yakouba Konaté. The catalogue positions itself as a seminal publication for the research and understanding of the last trends in African contemporary art.
Propaganda

Mounir Fatmi

Propaganda
2003
VHS, metal pedestal
Cm 189 x 67 x 67

Propaganda
2003 - VHS, metal pedestal - Cm 189 x 67 x 67

Crocodile

Cameron Platter

Crocodile
2006
Acrylic on carved jacaranda wood
Cm 102 x 20

Crocodile
2006 - Acrylic on carved jacaranda wood - Cm 102 x 20

The same ingredients in different proportions

Barthélémy Toguo

The same ingredients in different proportions
2006
Watercolours on paper
Cm 113,5 x 99

The same ingredients in different proportions
2006 - Watercolours on paper - Cm 113,5 x 99

Purification XIV

Barthélémy Toguo

Purification XIV
2007
Watercolours on paper
Cm 113,5 x 91,5

Purification XIV
2007 - Watercolours on paper - Cm 113,5 x 91,5

Even I exist in Embo: Jaundice tales of counter penetration #8

Athi Patra Ruga

Even I exist in Embo: Jaundice tales of counter penetration #8
2007
Lightjet prints
Cm 70 x 90

Even I exist in Embo: Jaundice tales of counter penetration #8
2007 - Lightjet prints - Cm 70 x 90

Owl

Cameron Platter

Owl
2008
Acrylic on carved jacaranda wood
Cm 130 x 20

Owl
2008 - Acrylic on carved jacaranda wood - Cm 130 x 20

Road to exile

Barthélémy Toguo

Road to exile
2008
Wood, glass bottle, textile
Variable dimensions

Road to exile
2008 - Wood, glass bottle, textile - Variable dimensions

Celebrate peace and diversity

Cameron Platter

Celebrate peace and diversity
2008
Pencil crayon on paper
Cm 236 x 117

Celebrate peace and diversity
2008 - Pencil crayon on paper - Cm 236 x 117

The grapes of wrath

Stuart Bird

The grapes of wrath
2008
Balaclavas and resin
Variable dimensions

The grapes of wrath
2008 - Balaclavas and resin - Variable dimensions

The body in question part IV:...la mamma morta

Athi Patra Ruga

The body in question part IV:...la mamma morta
2008
Video
Min 4.20

The body in question part IV:...la mamma morta
2008 - Video - Min 4.20

Untitled

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Untitled
2009
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 200 x 200

Untitled
2009 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 200 x 200

Untitled

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Untitled
2009
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Cm 110 x 110

Untitled
2009 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Cm 110 x 110

Untitled

Joel Andrianomearisoa

Untitled
2009
Textile
Cm 300 x 300

Untitled
2009 - Textile - Cm 300 x 300

Zeus

Nandipha Mntambo

Zeus
2009
Bronze
Cm 88 x 84 x 58

Zeus
2009 - Bronze - Cm 88 x 84 x 58

Narcissus

Nandipha Mntambo

Narcissus
2009
Archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper
Cm 112 x 112

Narcissus
2009 - Archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper - Cm 112 x 112

The Rape of Europa

Nandipha Mntambo

The Rape of Europa
2009
Archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper
Cm 112 x 112

The Rape of Europa
2009 - Archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper - Cm 112 x 112

S.O.S.

Stuart Bird

S.O.S.
2009
Neon
Cm 120 x 120

S.O.S.
2009 - Neon - Cm 120 x 120

The death of Beirut #2

Athi Patra Ruga

The death of Beirut #2
2009
Inkjet print
Cm 107 x 74

The death of Beirut #2
2009 - Inkjet print - Cm 107 x 74

The beautiful language

Mounir Fatmi

The beautiful language
2010
Video
Min 16

The beautiful language
2010 - Video - Min 16

The Kilimanjaro things were good

Cameron Platter

The Kilimanjaro things were good
2010
Pencil crayon on paper
Cm 170 x 170

The Kilimanjaro things were good
2010 - Pencil crayon on paper - Cm 170 x 170

In the beginning things were good

Cameron Platter

In the beginning things were good
2010
Pencil crayon on paper
Cm 170 x 170

In the beginning things were good
2010 - Pencil crayon on paper - Cm 170 x 170

Purification XXX

Barthélémy Toguo

Purification XXX
2010
Watercolours on paper
Cm 95,5 x 84,5

Purification XXX
2010 - Watercolours on paper - Cm 95,5 x 84,5

Purification XXXI

Barthélémy Toguo

Purification XXXI
2010
Watercolours on paper
Cm 95,5 x 84,5

Purification XXXI
2010 - Watercolours on paper - Cm 95,5 x 84,5

Daughter

Peter Eastman

Daughter
2010
Enamel paint on aluminum
Cm 125 x 100

Daughter
2010 - Enamel paint on aluminum - Cm 125 x 100

Mother

Peter Eastman

Mother
2010
Enamel paint on aluminum
Cm 125 x 100

Mother
2010 - Enamel paint on aluminum - Cm 125 x 100

Son

Peter Eastman

Son
2010
Enamel paint on aluminum
Cm 125 x 100

Son
2010 - Enamel paint on aluminum - Cm 125 x 100

Father

Peter Eastman

Father
2010
Enamel paint on aluminum
Cm 125 x 100

Father
2010 - Enamel paint on aluminum - Cm 125 x 100

The map of identities series

Moridja Kitenge Banza

The map of identities series
2010
Drawings on paper
Cm 85 x 150

The map of identities series
2010 - Drawings on paper - Cm 85 x 150

Le couple - femme

Abdoulaye Konaté

Le couple - femme
2010
Textile
Cm 242 x 180

Le couple - femme
2010 - Textile - Cm 242 x 180

Le Couple - Homme

Abdoulaye Konaté

Le Couple - Homme
2010
Textile
Cm 242 x 180

Le Couple - Homme
2010 - Textile - Cm 242 x 180