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Spread the joy of experiencing contemporary African art from the comfort of your home.

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Billie ZANGEWA Soldier of Love , 2020, Soie brodée / Embroidered silk ©Courtesy Templon, Paris – Brussels
Billie ZANGEWA, Soldier of Love, 2020, Soie brodée / Embroidered silk © Courtesy Templon, Paris – Brussels

 

Welcome to the first of #Artintimeofcovid19 series.

Let’s face it: things are rather grim in the world right now. The death toll caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge. Meanwhile, businesses and public spaces have had to shut down as part of an extensive set of sanitary measures designed to contain the disease. These measures are saving our lives while sadly endangering our livelihood. And now, ongoing confinement has started taking its toll on people’s mental health.

We can’t change this gloomy climate. However, we can create within it, a virtual space of escapism: one that transports us into studios, exhibition spaces, or into gripping visual tales. #Artintimeofcovid19 

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The guide to 8 exhibitions that showcase works by Black contemporary artists

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Kehinde Wiley, Portrait of Dorinda Essah, 2020, The Yellow Wallpaper.
Kehinde Wiley, Portrait of Dorinda Essah, 2020, The Yellow Wallpaper exhibition at the Morris William Gallery

Before the coronavirus pandemic had ground most activities to a halt, we strolled through London for a pre-spring art crawl, looking at works by African artists, and by and large, Black contemporary artists. We also added other exciting ongoing shows and exhibitions due to open. Here is what was meant to be the March guide to 8 Contemporary African Art exhibitions in London.

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The London-based French Algerian artist Zineb Sedira set to represent France at the Venice Biennale in 2021

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London-based, French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira
London-based, French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira

It is a first: The London-based French Algerian artist Zineb Sedira is set to represent France at the Fifty-Ninth edition of the Venice Biennale in 2021. She will be the first artist of Algerian descent to do so.

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When a painting turns a young Congolese artist into a refugee

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Marionette, 2019 Jonathan Vatunga
Marionette, 2019 Jonathan Vatunga

The acclaimed exhibition Beaute Congo staged at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 2015 drew international attention to the buoyant Congolese artistic scene. Ever since, older artists such as Chéri Samba and Chéri Cherin have enjoyed a renewed interest in their works, while a younger generation of artists, including the likes of JP Mika (also part of the exhibition) and Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, has taken the Contemporary African Art scene by storm.

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