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An Air.e de famille

90 min visit

Paul Eluard Museum of Art and History
25 Jun → 8 Nov 2021
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. From 10am to 8pm on Thursdays. From 2pm to 6:30pm on weekends.

« Contact, transmission and women artists are the key words of this exhibition where the surrealist works of the Paul Eluard Museum of Art and History dialogue with those of thirteen women artists from Africa and its diasporas. »

As part of SaisonAfrica 2020, this exhibition highlights modern and contemporary artistic creation from the African diaspora. It is a deconstruction of the history of Afro-diasporic art in recent decades, halfway between the culture of origin and globalisation. A connection that makes sense when we look at the history of the European avant-garde. It is not new that European artists of the early twentieth century were very interested in non-Western art objects and in 'a primitivity that is both distant and original'. This idea gave rise to the common image of so-called African art. Despite this seemingly colonial approach, these artists were strongly committed to fighting racial inequality and discrimination. They began by opposing the 1931 colonial exhibition by distributing leaflets and organising a counter-exhibition, La Vérité sur les colonies. Artists and intellectuals such as Fernand Léger, Jean-Paul Sartre and Pablo Picasso joined forces with the committed Paul Eluard against France's colonial policy. Despite the years that separate them, these historical works interact perfectly with those of the chosen contemporary artists. Whether paintings, drawings, videos, installations or photographs, they explore the themes of memory, the relationship with others, migratory flows and spirituality, showing the post-colonial commitment of these women artists. Discover the works of Beninese artists Laeïla Adjovi and Eliane Aisso, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Yto Barrada, the Chevalme sisters, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Katia Kameli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tuli Mekondjo, Otobong Nkanga, Owanto, Thania Petersen and Euridice Zaituna Kala.


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