By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
The Foundation for the Development of African Contemporary Culture in Africa will on Tuesday June 18 open an exhibition of works by thirty African and diasporan artists at the Maison de l’Union in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
Titled “Prête-moi ton Rêve”, the works will equally be displayed in other African cities including to Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (La Côte d’Ivoire), Lagos (Nigeria), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Cape Town (South Africa). It is expected to end in Marrakesh (Morocco) in 2020.
This ambitious project is expected to bring together more than 100 previously unseen creations produced by the artists during residencies alongside some of their most iconic pieces. Indeed, it is a reflection of the abundance and vitality of the African art scene.
“Prête-moi ton Rêve” aims to increase the international visibility of local contemporary artists, give rise to a pan-African circuit of cultural distribution and to foster dialogue and exchange between established and emerging artists.
The artists include Ei Anatsui / Kofi Setordji (Ghana), Fouad Bellamine, Fatiha Zemmouri, Fathiya Tahiri, Mohamed Melehi, Mahi Bine Bine (Morocco), Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Siriki Ky, Jems Koko Bi, Ouattara Watts, (Cote d’Ivoire), Chéri Samba, Bill Kouelany, Freddy Tsimba (Congo) and Soly Cissé / Viyé Diba (Senegal).
Others are Jane Alexander / William Kentridge (South Africa), Meriem Bouderbala (Tunisia), Yazid Oulab (Algeria), Adel El Siwi (Egypt), Nenna Okoré (Australia), Zoulikha Bouabdelah (Russia), Olu Omoda (Nigeria), Barthélémy Toguo / Joseph Sumégné (Cameroon) and Omar Khalil (Sudan).
Chaired by HRH Prince Moulay Ismaïl, the Foundation aims at promoting and ensuring the discernibility of African contemporary art in Africa and the world at large. It was initiated in 2018 by some members of the art world and entrepreneurs, who are deeply convinced of the wealth of the African art scene.
The exhibition is being curated by the Ivorian academic / art critic Prof. Yacouba Konate and the Moroccan historian / exhibition curator Brahim Alaoui. Both curators bring on board a wide range of experience that traverse various continents.
Currently the Director of MASA Festival in La Côte d’Ivoire, Konate is a member of the scientific council of the Académie des Sciences de la Culture et des Arts d’Afrique et des Diasporas (Academy of Sciences, Culture and Arts of Africa and the Diasporas) and was in charge of Fondation Jean-Paul Blachère’s African office.
Alaoui has written numerous books and catalogues, notably on contemporary Arabic artists and is one of the rare thinkers to establish connections – both in his texts and the exhibitions he has organized – between the art of the Arab world, European and international art scene.