Sign of change

AKAA draws attention to African contemporary art

Contemporary Art | In line with the London 1 : 54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the first edition of the Parisian fair AKAA – Also Known as Africa – confirms the establishment of a new market trend covering the pluralities of contemporary Africa. Since the exhibition “Les magiciens de la terre”, held in Paris in 1989, there has been a constant rise in interest and demand surrounding the continent’s economic stakes.

Extrait de la performance ‘‘Sobabini‘‘, par l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba, représenté par la galerie Art Meets Camera © Courtesy AKAA, l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba et la galerie Art Meets Camera
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Extrait de la performance "Sobabini", par l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba, représenté par la galerie Art Meets Camera
© Courtesy AKAA, l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba et la galerie Art Meets Camera

AKAA stands out from other fairs by combining African contemporary art and design. The event gathers diverse actors (galleries, institutions and the media) that reflect the reality of this vast field of exploration. Over three-and-a-half days, the fair received more than 15 000 visitors, welcoming 30 galleries coming from 11 different countries and gathering 123 artists. Some of them were well-established in the international art market, such as http://www.magnin-a.com/fr/artistes/presentation/46/romuald-hazoume Romuald Hazoumé]. The event, however, also offered visibility to galleries and artists less known by collectors. It is the case of Ethiopian Girma Berta who received the Getty Images Instagram Grant for his series Moving Shadows, or the artist Siaka Soppo Traoré’s who won the “Prix Orange de l’Artiste Numérique AKAA”. African contemporary art, which is perceived as a sector yet to be discovered in the international art scene, has been increasingly involved with important art spaces such as New York’s Armory Show in 2016, or https://www.artbasel.com/ Art Basel], which welcomed an African gallery for the first time in 2016. The Art Paris Art Fair will also draw attention to African art in the spring of 2017. The emergence of fairs dedicated to the continent, such as AKAA, reflects the effervescence and the rise of the African market, while playing a crucial role in promoting and circulating its artworks, artists and news. Watch this space.

Valentin Heinrich / Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 14/12/2016
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Extrait de la performance “Sobabini“, par l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba, représenté par la galerie Art Meets Camera © Courtesy AKAA, l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba et la galerie Art Meets Camera Girma BERTA, Mosaïque de différentes oeuvres © Girma Berta et Addis Fine Art Siaka Soppo, Dans Ce.. 2016, tirage numérique sur diasec. © Siaka Soppo Traoré. Courtesy Galerie MAM AKAA, foire internationale d’Art contemporain et de Design d’Afrique © AKAA

Extrait de la performance "Sobabini", par l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba, représenté par la galerie Art Meets Camera
© Courtesy AKAA, l’artiste Nobukho Nqaba et la galerie Art Meets Camera

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