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Africa’s Top Four Favorites Of The Contemporary Art Fair AKAA In Paris

The AKAA fair, “Aslo Known As Africa” held until November 13 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris , gives pride to recognized artists from the African continent, as the Algerian Rachid Koraïchi, the Benin Romuald Hazoumé or Moroccan Hassan Hajjaj, but also to many young creators rising. Here are our four favorites.

Girma Berta, “Moving Shadows”. Credits: COURTESY ADDIS FINE ART GALLERY

Girma Berta, Addis Fine Art gallery

He has 26 years of insurance born youth with new media . The Ethiopian Girma Berta all the control to start with the iPhone and Instagram.He also won the award Getty Images Instagram worth 10,000 dollars. But the graphic designer presented by Addis Fine Art Gallery known to , if not relief, at least one more soul to flat digital images. For “Moving Shadows” series he gleaned scenes street in Addis Ababa, which he then isolated on colored backgrounds. What could be more banal pensez- you ? Except that it is not so easy to take pictures in the streets of the Ethiopian capital. “People are reluctant, they do not allow themselves to do , he says. It’s not in our culture, d be taken into picture . with my iPhone, I take photos quickly, people do not realize, they think I look anything on my phone. But I try to make sure they are Not recognized. “

Nicola Brandt, “Once”, Outside Lüderitz (2013). Credits: COURTESY GUNS AND RAIN GALLERY

Nicola Brandt, Guns and Rain Gallery

This is a very painful colonial past that the Namibian photographer of German origin Nicola Brandt chose to resurface in the photos presented by the gallery Guns and Rain. Tracing the horror behind the scenic Shark Island off Lüderitz, the 33-year-old artist exhumed memories of the German-Herero-Nama War of 1904-1908. Behind the lunar landscapes, the railroad that helped the economic development of the country, there is the specter of the camps where the Herero and the Nama were held in captivity. The insalubrity, abuse and numerous rapes had increased the mortality rate to 70% on Shark Island.

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Nobukho Aqaba, “Ndikhangela mena”, 2015. Credits: COURTESY ART MEETS CAMERA

Nobukho Nqaba, gallery Art meets camera

The family, again and again. The family and its accessories . This theme does not stop to tap the South African artist Nobukho Nqaba, expos ed by Galerie Art meets camera. For the mother, the obsession was plastic bags, which she enveloped its effects during his trips from the farm in the small town of Grabouw and Cap “These bags for me pose a question.: what is a home? “said the young woman, who has no photographic record of his childhood. Father of her infant, the young artist has kept the memory of the blue work and covers, omnipresent in their interior. In this series, she plays, battling with the blankets or rolling in, in a “I love you no more” characteristic of her tumultuous relations with her father.

Joana Choumali, “M. Salbre”, 2014. Credits: COURTESY 50 GOLBORNE GALLERY

Joana Choumali, gallery 50 Golborne

The Ivorian Joana Choumali was the revelation of the Biennial Photo Quai in Paris in 2015. In the series exhibited by the gallery 50 Golborne, she deals with the question of scarification. Formerly sign of recognition, this practice was subsequently filed away, considered barbaric, unsafe for fashion urban living. Hard to find today haabré these people face through incisions. Its models, she found them in the street, mostly elderly, immigrants from Burkina Faso and Nigeria . It was not easy for the coax for their consent to be photographed. Some are bitter, tired of prejudice, to be treated of scarred and tacky. In his portraits treated on a neutral background, Joana Choumali restores dignity, better, a sense of pride in this generation that carries a legacy in his flesh as heavy qu’indélébile.

AKAA, November 11-13, Carreau du Temple, 4, rue Eugène Spuller, Paris 3rd, www.akaaartfair.com

Source: The Monde.fr

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