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CCA,Lagos, end of El Anatsui exhibition : Playing with Chance

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The Centre for contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present El Anatsui:Playing with Chance to mark the 70th birthday anniversary of one of Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. The exhibition is shaped primarily through archival material in an attempt to present new insights into the making of his works as well as the development of his career. Through this presentation an array of disparate materials are brought together from his studio, his study and his library including sketchbooks, drawings, letters, exhibition planning and instruction documents, books he reads, books he features in as well as brochures and exhibition publications to which he has contributed especially of Nigerian artists. Also included are a few photographs taken during his and just after his university education in Ghana, videos about him, fragments of the bottle top works ‘salvaged’ from his studio, his chainsaw wood sculptures and his early tray hangings and even a selection of his payslips from the University of Nigeria over a 36 year period. El Anatsui was a consummate teacher who made an indelible mark on his students, many of whom are now enjoying increasing national and internationally visibility. His concerted efforts in encouraging the visibility of female artists is highlighted by inviting three of his former students Nnenna Okore, Lucy Azubuike and Amarachi Okafor to participate in the exhibition.


El Anatsui, Playing with Chance acknowledges his spirit of experimentation and his creativity, and celebrates a dedicated teacher, a committed mentor, a sincere person, a generous man and a quiet leader. In her contribution to his exhibition catalogue A fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui, that toured in  Japan 2010-2011, CCA, Lagos director Bisi Silva asserts,  “He has engaged profoundly with his cultural, political and social history. He has imbued the spirituality of his forefathers. In the final analysis Anatsui stands tall before the ancestors.

 

 

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The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create new audiences and to prioritise media such as photography, film and video, performance and installation art which have been under-represented in Nigeria.
It supports, and presents the intellectual and critical work of art and culture practitioners through exhibitions, public programmes especially lectures talks, seminars and screenings as well as through workshops. In addition, it encourages and promotes the professionalisation of art production and curatorship in Nigeria and West Africa collaborating with artists, curators, writers, theorists and national and international organisations.
CCA,Lagos consists of an art space and a visual art library.

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Present Tense. Photographies du Sud de l'Afrique

Alors que 2011 a marqué les vingt ans de la fin de l'apartheid en Afrique du Sud, la Délégation en France de la Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian célèbre, en collaboration avec le programme Gulbenkian Next Future, les photographes du sud de l'Afrique. S'intéresser à l'Afrique revient à s'intéresser à un continent où l'histoire de la photographie est particulièrement importante. Peu visibles en Europe bien que porteurs d'autant de talents que d'un regard aiguisé sur leurs sociétés, deux importantes générations de photographes sont ici présentées. Ces derniers développent deux tendances : alors que certains prouvent qu'ils n'oublient pas leur passé et leur histoire, d'autres se tournent désormais vers l'avenir. L'exposition, qui réunit les travaux de 14 photographes, met en valeur les tensions contemporaines qui existent dans leurs pays et les sociétés en général. A travers des choix de thèmes et de mises en scène savamment réfléchis et parfois insolites, où la question sociale, d'identité et l'espace public sont souvent au centre de l'?uvre, ces tensions deviennent productives et participent à la richesse des propositions de ces artistes. 

Photographies de Délio Jasse, Dillon Marsh, Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Mack Magagane, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Paul Samuels, Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, Filipe Branquinho, Mauro Pinto et Sammy Baloji.


http://www.gulbenkian-paris.org/

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Vous êtes parisien, visitez jusqu'au 14 décembre l'exposition "Present Tense ; Photographies du Sud de l'Afrique"

Entrée libre Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Paris 39 bd de la Tour Maubourg 75007 Paris 

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Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui on View at Brooklyn Museum

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui on View at Brooklyn Museum | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
The first solo exhibition in a New York Museum by the artist El Anatsui will feature over 30 primarily large-scale works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures.
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 Gravity and Grace explores the many historical connections between Africa, Europe, and the Americas in a wholly new, African medium.

The Brooklyn Museum from February 8 through August 4, 2013.

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