African Culture: April Events

After a week online, the 38Y edition of Vues d’Afrique, in Montreal, receives its public in the cinemas of the Cinémathèque québécoise, from 1Ahem to April 10. Among the highlights of the largest African film festival in the Americas is the North American premiere of “Tall and strong”, by Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch, the unprecedented shocking documentary “the empire of silence by Thierry Michel, the comedy “The Three Lascars” by the Burkinabe filmmaker Boubakar Diallo and “The gravedigger’s wife by Somali filmmaker Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, the Fespaco 2021 Gold Stallion.

From April 7 to May 14, the Chauvy Gallery in Paris brings together works by Nigerian artists Victor Olaoyé, Wole Lagunju, Samuel Nnorom with those of Malian Ibrahim Ballo around the theme The “voices” of textiles. These “voices” of the textiles were, for a long time, in the indigo fields, those of the slaves. Ibrahim Ballo’s ancestors were weavers of Bogolan, a traditional Malian fabric. Wole Lagunju revives the textiles of Yoruba women in a contemporary artistic concept: onaism. Samuel Nnorom approaches the history of textiles through crossed voices. Victor Olaoyé works with highly graphic, indigo-dyed Adire textiles that are passed from mother to daughter among the Yoruba, recounting the long colonial history.

The Mucem of Marseille has designed an ambitious exhibition around a character that Victor Hugo had nicknamed “ The pensive, fierce and gentle emir “. Do we know Abd el-Kader ibn Muhyî ed-Dîn well enough? The Abd el-Kader event brings together, since April 6, 250 works and documents from public and private collections on ” the emir of the resistance, holy fighter, founder of the Algerian state, forerunner of the codification of modern humanitarian law, warrior, statesman, apostle… »

From April 5 to 10, the Artcurial auction house organizes in Paris “Extravagant tribute to nature”, an exhibition of contemporary African art that brings together works by the Congolese Pili Pili Mulongoy and the Ugandan Joseph Ntensibe. Works from the private collections of these two artists and presented to the public for the first time.

“1-54”, the international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art and the African diaspora is back in Paris at Christie’s. From April 7 to 10, it will host twenty-three international exhibitors, thus making visible the works of fifty contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora.

At the same time, Art Paris, an important meeting place for modern and contemporary art, also opens its doors from April 7 to 10 at the Grand Palais Ephémère for one hundred and thirty galleries from twenty countries, including Ghana and the Ivory Coast. . ,

On April 7, the Blachère Foundation opens its new exhibition Kaleidoscope/Dakar and Kinshasa. An artistic testimony of the urban explosion in Africa changing spaces and mentalities. ” The city is like that… the place of all possibilities, of all waking dreams. ” Y ” in perpetual motion “.

On April 14, the Cannes Film Festival will reveal the films of its official selection for the 2022 edition, which will take place from May 17 to 28. After two African films in competition in 2021, what place will African cinema have this year in the world’s biggest film event?

Starting April 21, the Congolese painter Thonton Kabeya invites us to dance La Rumba Rosa. In Paris, at the Bonne Espérance Gallery, he explores the world of ” this dance practiced in the Republic of Congo as relief, meditation, cultural phenomenon of acculturation “. An art that unites all communities: straight, gay, lesbian, children, parents, grandparents, women, men “.

Until Saturday, May 7, you can opt for the ninth edition of the prestigious RFI Theater Award. The call is open to authors between the ages of 18 and 46, born and residing in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean or the Middle East. The text in French must comprise a minimum of fifteen numbered pages.

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