discovering contemporary African art


Discover contemporary art from the African continent. Such is the bet of the series “Oh! Africart ”with twelve new television pastilles this summer. Launched on December 6, 2020 as part of the Africa2020 season – at the initiative of Emmanuel Macron to publicize and promote the various actions of African civil society and its diasporas -, the show returns on Sunday at 9 p.m. on the niche of “Ouh là l’art! »(Presented by Adèle Van Reeth, who will return in September).

From June 13 to September 12, on France 2 and TV5 Monde, the Franco-Cameroonian journalist and writer Elizabeth Tchoungui, also author of the texts, will present, in each pastille of one minute thirty to two minutes, an artist, a work, a country.

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The first, on June 13, is dedicated to the Beninese visual artist Romuald Hazoumè, whose works are currently on view in Paris, at the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum where the “Ex Africa” exhibition is being presented, and in Nantes, where “Decolonial Expression (s) # 2” is held at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, which proposes, as in its first edition in 2018, to “discover current historical and artistic approaches to the Atlantic slave trade”.

Touching and vibrant works

Born in Porto Novo, the capital of Benin, in 1962, where he still lives and works, this artist of Yoruba origin, marked by voodoo, grew up in a Catholic family. In the mid-1980s, he made his first sculptures from plastic cans where his critical vision of African political figures and systems shines through. Scraps and obsolete objects, which he uses raw or distorted, represent his image of society. Touching and vibrant works, sometimes imposing and monumental, symbolizing the excesses of our current world.

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On Sunday July 4, Elizabeth Tchoungui will present a work by Emeka Ogboh, born in 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria, who lives and works between Berlin and Lagos. Its current exhibition “Stirring the Pot”, at the wasteland La Belle de Mai in Marseille, combines installations, videos, scents, sounds and tastes, forging links between the Phocaean city and various ports in West Africa. The artist is interested in migration issues and the ties that women and men make with their places of life, memory or passage.

On July 18, a work by Gabonese Myriam Mihindou will be presented. Born in Libreville in 1964, she lives and works mainly in Paris. In addition to the “Ex Africa” exhibition at Quai Branly, it is present at “Memoria: narratives of another history”, at the FRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine Méca in Bordeaux. Collective memory composed of a myriad of stories, stories, questions and experiences.

Oh ! Africart , every Sunday at 9 p.m. on France 2 and TV5 Monde, from June 13 to September 12.