AFRICAN PASSIONS

by exhibition curators André Magnin and Philippe Boutté

Africa, once considered distant and mysterious, is now a chalice of hope, becoming “the future of the world”. Our view has been shifted as we become more aware of its diversity, rich cultures and challenges. Art is everywhere, alive and not always in line with the criteria of “international art”. The nationality of an artist has never had a bearing on the appreciation, power or relevance of a work of art. We are heading towards a necessary denationalisation. Africa is a land of unprecedented wonder, shouldering its originality in its differences. All the power and novelty of the artists’ approach lies in the freedom they have granted themselves. This continent has not yet finished surprising us with its creativity and its stunning works of knowledge and invention.


Artists are proud of their roots, imbued with their own culture, their beliefs, their environment, and light. Their works are steeped in the cultural, political and religious context of their encounters, in the immediacy of news and in their experience.

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Artists

Born in 1977, Segou, Mali. Lives and works in Bamako, Mali ...

Born in 1973 in Blantyre, Malawi. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

Born in 1956, Kinto M'Vuila, Democratic Republic of Congo...

Born in 1935, Middeleburg, South Africa. Lives and works in Mpumalanga (Mthambothini)...

Born in 1977, Maputo, Mozambique. Lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique...

Born in 1978, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo . Lives and works in Kinshasa...

Born in 1980, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lives and works in Kinshasa...

Born in 1982 in Koutiala, Sikasso, Mali. Lives and works in Bamako, Mali...

Born in 1935 in Soloba, Mali . Died in April 14th, 2016 in Bamako, Mali, where he lived and worked...

Born in 1957, Moramanga, Madagascar. Lives and works in Lausanne and in South Tunisia...

Mauro Pinto Born in 1974 in Maputo, Mozambique. Lives and works in Maputo...

Born in 1992 in Soweto, South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg...

Born in 1962, Porto Novo, Benin. Lives and works in Porto Novo...

Born in 1981 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lives and works in Kinshasa....