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Reflecting on creation - Reflecting on contemporary Africa

Contemporary Art | The continent’s economic development prospects have triggered a process of reflection around its current potentialities and its future. The dynamic has taken place in a continual back and forth between the African continent and France.

Appartement, exposition de Caroline Trucco © Joan Bracco
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Appartement, exposition de Caroline Trucco
© Joan Bracco

In 2016, Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr published the essay Afrotopia, in which he made a diagnosis of contemporary Africa, analyzing its potentialities and its economic and human resources. He laid the foundation for a structured reflection around what he believes is a necessary “inward looking cultural revolution”. It’s aim would be to surpass the alienating economic visions inherited from colonialism, in order to focus on human creativity and Africa’s inherent culture.
La Colonie, an initiative by French artist Kader Attia, was conceived as a contemporary agora. Operating in the convivial environment of a café-restaurant, it is a space for conferences and reflection, in which diverse speakers, artistic collectives and activists intervene; all of them intending to plant new seeds of thought.
Orafrica, an open platform based in Paris, was founded in 2016 by collector Nathalie Miltat. Known for her commitment towards the valorization of Sub-Saharan culture and creation since 2005, she is also the director of the exhibition space Appartement. The multifaceted platform is a reaction to the imperative need to unite and organize creative initiatives. Through its program, based on the exchange between entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, restaurateurs, etc.; and events dedicated to reflection, Nathalie Miltat lays the foundation of a cultural think tank while constituting a record of productive individual experiences. While in Paris, it is an experience that cannot be missed in order to dig into Sub-Saharan Africa and oneself, building possibilities at the heart of an immense cultural ground.

Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 07/02/2017
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Appartement, exposition de Caroline Trucco © Joan Bracco Appartement Exposition « Onion Skinning » de Nadira Husain © ALO PAISTIK Portrait Nathalie Miltat, Appartement © Joan Bracco Afrotopia © Felwine Sarr / Philippe Rey

Appartement, exposition de Caroline Trucco
© Joan Bracco

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