AKAA, an incredible Parisian stage for African Stories
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Indigo Passage to Healing
“Indigo Passage to Healing”

AKAA, an acronym for Also Known As Africa emerged last year as a new and alternative platform to showcase African Art and Design in Paris. It was a success, drawing in over 15,000 visitors.

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Evans Mbugua “joins the dots” to create dazzling portraits.
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Left: Le Rendez Vous Right: Highlife, Evans Mbugua
Left: Le Rendez Vous Right: Highlife, Evans Mbugua

This is the last week to see Evans Mbugua’s exhibition “Highlife” in Paris. His vibrant Pop art portraits capture the exuberance and the bold style of a multicultural youth whose identity he is exploring.

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Boris Nzebo, the artist who looks at society through its hairstyle
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Painting by Boris Nzebo
Boris Nzebo arrete de mentir, 2016, Galerie Mam Douala

African hairstyles can be elaborate and sculptural. Where most people see a mundane topic or a simple fashion style, the artist Boris Nzebo sees an architecture that he uses as a backdrop in his paintings. Within the silhouette of his characters, he depicts in vivid colors,

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Stunning visual ode to Womanhood at the Gallery of African Art
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Left: Somadina, Rewa 2017 Right: Nwabundo Rewa, 2017 (Gallery of African Art)
Left: Somadina, Rewa, 2017 Right: Nwabundo, Rewa, 2017 (Gallery of African Art)

The exhibition “Sisterhood That Transcends” at the Gallery of African Art in London has been extended until November 23rd. It is a stunning series of visual short stories of womanhood opening a dialogue between the latest body of work of the Nigerian artist Rewa and the “African-focus” photographer Dagmar Van Weeghel.

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African Art at the heart of Matisse’s work
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matisse-in-the-studioThe artist Henri Matisse requires no introduction. Painter, sculptor, leading figure of the fauvism movement, his name is often accompanied by superlatives to describe both his work and his legacy.

The exhibition Matisse in the studio is a sneak peak into his studio life. It examines how his body of work came to being and what influenced his practices. Incidentally, it also demonstrates how much other cultures, especially African Art, came to shape his work.

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When the black lioness, Zanele Muholi writes the narrative.
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Zanele MuholiAccording to an African proverb made famous by the Nigerian Novelist Chinua Achebe, “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter”. If you have heard that before and wondered what type of story the lion would write, then part of the answer is at the Autograph in London with Zanele Muholi’s latest exhibition, aptly titled “hail the black lioness” (Somnyama Ngonyama).

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African Art like you have never seen it before at 1:54 London
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Kesh Angels, Hassan Hajjaj, 2010
Kesh Angels, Hassan Hajjaj, 2010

1:54 London is the biggest contemporary African art fair. Over the last five years, the fair has grown in notoriety, attendance and depth to become the platform of choice to experience and discuss the contemporary artistic creation of Africa and its diaspora.

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Alexis Peskine’s “Power Figures”: a spectacular rendition of the black experience.
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Alexis Peskine, Soninke, 2017. Photo Jonathan Greet, cout October Gallery
Alexis Peskine, Soninké Whispers, 2017, Photo Jonathan Greet. Courtesy October Gallery

Alexis Peskine is a visual artist who explores the “black experience” in his artwork. Looking at the large portraits created for “Power Figures”, his first solo exhibition in the UK, you could be tempted to call him a healer, or at the very least, see his art as a beautiful visual antidote to some corrosive stereotypes that have poisoned the public discourse – when talking about black people.

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Boris Nzebo’s Noir Desir exhibition opens at the Jack Bell Gallery
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Painting by Boris Nzebo, Ampoule rouge, 2017
Boris Nzebo, Ampoule rouge, 2017

Boris Nzebo, the Cameroonian Contemporary Artist is back at the Jack Bell Gallery for his 5th solo exhibition in London: Noir Desir.

His paintings are rooted in the buoyant urban environment of his home city Douala, Cameroon. His new body of work is a visual exploration of the political and social issues that are gripping his society: inequality, adultery, and acceptance of individual success. In a recent interview with CNN, He is seen completing one of the paintings of the exhibition while talking about his role as artist.

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