PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

AFRICA UNIVERSE 2

28 February - 20 March 2021

AFRICA UNIVERSE 2
 
Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Africa Universe – Part II, the sequel of Africa Universe, a monumental show divided in three chapters, inaugurated in September 2019.

Entirely dedicated to Contemporary African Art, Africa Universe – Part II is an important project focused on some of the most interesting Contemporary African Artists. Among historical pieces, you will find brand new artworks created by the artists during this complicated period, which are translated in their personal, but at the same time universal experiences, with first-class artistic languages and ways of expression. Today, their art became transnational and has been finally institutionally recognized and placed in the broader context of contemporary art.

Due to the Italian COVID-19 restrictions, Primo Marella Gallery gladly presents Africa Universe - Part II in an online format, which allows us to reach out to all of you around the world, even if not phisically, at least virtually. The exhibition, already set up, will be physically open once the government allow us, just arrange an appointment by calling us. We truly hope to have you as real guests very very soon!
 
The exhibition will include the works of nine artists. Abdoulaye Konaté, who primarily creates large-scale textile based installations using woven and dyed clothes, materials native to his homeland Mali, explores both aesthetic language and diverse socio-political and environmental issues; Joël Andrianomearisoa, a malagasy artist working with diverse mediums such as installation, sculpture and textile. In every piece he aims to find various shades of colors as well as various attitudes of them; Januario Jano, a versatile Angolan artist, explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices in his Sculptures, Installations (video, photography, sound) and performances; Ghizlane Sahli investigates the power of materials - their textures and universality. Her chief shapes are the Alveoles (three-dimensional embroidery, made from the tops of used bottles, covered with silk thread), imagined as human cells that generates also feminine part; Troy Makaza’s surreal works, woven from painted silicone strings, inhabit the space on both side of painting and sculpture, creating a threadlike spider web. He creates powerful metaphors of social and intimate spaces; The energetic, colorful and narrative painting compositions of Amani Bodo reveal the artist’s perception of the social, cultural, political and economic reality of Zaïre (now the Democratic Republic of Congo); Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, a Nigerian neo-traditional artist, has developed a style of ‘Plasto-Art’, which she defines as an eco-aesthetic process of remaking. In her works, Ifeoma transforms the primary medium - used non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles - by applying her crafting skills in a receding traditional Nigerian hair plaiting technique called threading, combined with traditional basketry and fabric weaving techniques; Amina Zoubir’s installations, drawings, videos, sculptures, photographs, land art are textual and contextual interventions on materials: wax, wood, metals and wall, reveal and deconstruct a behavioral allusion of the unconscious and the imagination of individuals, evolving in a predetermined space according to the sociocultural, ethnopsychical and political contexts; Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, presents collage on canvas and installations that question the deep meaning of contemporary society, with particular focus on the themes of globalization, intercultural dialogue and the power violently exercised by the strong on the weak ones.
Lutte contre le HIV

Abdoulaye Konaté

Lutte contre le HIV
1995
Textile and suitcase containing three screenpritns and a blanket
434 × 238 cm

Lutte contre le HIV
1995 - Textile and suitcase containing three screenpritns and a blanket - 434 × 238 cm

L

Abdoulaye Konaté

L'intolérance
1998
Textile
232,5 × 403,5 cm

L'intolérance
1998 - Textile - 232,5 × 403,5 cm

Les boutons d

Abdoulaye Konaté

Les boutons d'amour
2005
Textile and buttons
246,5 × 163,5 cm

Les boutons d'amour
2005 - Textile and buttons - 246,5 × 163,5 cm

Portrait

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Portrait
2013
Collage and acrylic on canvas
150 × 150 × 4 cm

Portrait
2013 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - 150 × 150 × 4 cm

Untitled

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Untitled
2015
Collage and acrylic on canvas
50 × 50 × 4 cm

Untitled
2015 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - 50 × 50 × 4 cm

Africolor

Amina Zoubir

Africolor
2019
led light box in stainless steel and plexiglass
71 × 22 × 5 cm

Africolor
2019 - led light box in stainless steel and plexiglass - 71 × 22 × 5 cm

Le rêve du président

Amani Bodo

Le rêve du président
2019
oil on canvas
138 x 118 cm

Le rêve du président
2019 - oil on canvas - 138 x 118 cm

Specter

Januario Jano

Specter
2019
Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag
108 × 105 cm each.

Specter
2019 - Inkjet on 100% cotton fine art paper rag - 108 × 105 cm each.

Untitled

Januario Jano

Untitled
2019
Mixed media, paper, mirror, wood board, acrylic
Variable dimension

Untitled
2019 - Mixed media, paper, mirror, wood board, acrylic - Variable dimension

Untitled

Troy Makaza

Untitled
2020
Silicone infused with paint
110 × 80 cm

Untitled
2020 - Silicone infused with paint - 110 × 80 cm

Untitled

Troy Makaza

Untitled
2020
Silicone infused with paint
120 × 70 cm

Untitled
2020 - Silicone infused with paint - 120 × 70 cm

Transformation de la chenille au papillon (la métamorphose a l

Amani Bodo

Transformation de la chenille au papillon (la métamorphose a l'émergence)
2020
oil on canvas
150 x 110 cm

Transformation de la chenille au papillon (la métamorphose a l'émergence)
2020 - oil on canvas - 150 x 110 cm

Les oiseaux

Amani Bodo

Les oiseaux
2020
oil on canvas
130 x 125 cm

Les oiseaux
2020 - oil on canvas - 130 x 125 cm

Untitled

Troy Makaza

Untitled
2020
Silicone infused with paint
180 × 70 cm

Untitled
2020 - Silicone infused with paint - 180 × 70 cm

Tout flatteur vit aux dépens de celui qui l

Amani Bodo

Tout flatteur vit aux dépens de celui qui l'écoute
2020
Acrylic on canvas
186 × 136 cm

Tout flatteur vit aux dépens de celui qui l'écoute
2020 - Acrylic on canvas - 186 × 136 cm

Kù fa àkùpè (Fan them)

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji

Kù fa àkùpè (Fan them)
2020
Mixed media
200 × 130,8 × 28,5 cm

Kù fa àkùpè (Fan them)
2020 - Mixed media - 200 × 130,8 × 28,5 cm

Nwee ndidi... maka ọ ga-adị mma (have patience, for it will be well)

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji

Nwee ndidi... maka ọ ga-adị mma (have patience, for it will be well)
2020
Mixed media
251,5 × 160 × 26,7 cm

Nwee ndidi... maka ọ ga-adị mma (have patience, for it will be well)
2020 - Mixed media - 251,5 × 160 × 26,7 cm

Queen Nanny

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Queen Nanny
2020
Collage and acrylic on canvas
190 x 190 cm

Queen Nanny
2020 - Collage and acrylic on canvas - 190 x 190 cm

Composition signe Fondation

Abdoulaye Konaté

Composition signe Fondation
2020
Textile
160 × 118 cm

Composition signe Fondation
2020 - Textile - 160 × 118 cm

Composition en gris et bleu (cercles rouges)

Abdoulaye Konaté

Composition en gris et bleu (cercles rouges)
2020
Textile
160 × 118 cm

Composition en gris et bleu (cercles rouges)
2020 - Textile - 160 × 118 cm

Le rouge et le noir (au cercle)

Abdoulaye Konaté

Le rouge et le noir (au cercle)
2020
Textile
213 × 152 cm

Le rouge et le noir (au cercle)
2020 - Textile - 213 × 152 cm

Untitled

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Untitled
2020
Textile
120 x 70 cm

Untitled
2020 - Textile - 120 x 70 cm

Untitled

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Untitled
2020
Textile
120 x 70 cm

Untitled
2020 - Textile - 120 x 70 cm

Untitled

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Untitled
2020
Textile
122 × 70 × 3 cm

Untitled
2020 - Textile - 122 × 70 × 3 cm

Labyrinth of passions

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Labyrinth of passions
2020
Textile
176 × 291 × 4,5 cm

Labyrinth of passions
2020 - Textile - 176 × 291 × 4,5 cm