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Memoria: stories from another history

90 min visit

Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA
19 May → 20 Nov 2021
Open every day. Closed on closed days.

« It is time to take another look at Africa and its history, which is sometimes still too little known. From the intimate to the universal, discover the collective memory of a continent through a multitude of personal accounts. »

As part of the Women's Focus of Saison Africa2020, this exhibition brings together 14 African artists or artists from the diaspora, whose work refers to the development of a collective memory. Even if their stories are different, these women have a committed practice that questions collective history and its construction. Faced with the urgency of revealing the truth, the chosen artists strive to rethink an erased and hidden history. Videos, sculptures, paintings, installations, textile works and performances question the mechanics of thought, stereotypes and preconceived ideas about the African continent. Despite the plurality of histories, there is always a common and universal story. That of a people or a group of individuals who have been forgotten by history. This exhibition breaks a historical taboo and renews our knowledge by listening to stories told differently. Some of the artists exhibited are still little known in France: Georgina Maxim, Na Chainkua Reindorf, Enam Gbewonyo, Tuli Mekondjo and Josèfa Ntjam. Others are well known on the contemporary art scene: Otobong Nkanga, Bouchra Khalili, Mary Sibande, Wangechi Mutu...


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