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