The world of contemporary African art boast numerous artists of enormous talent, each providing audiences a glimpse of unique, personal interpretations of the world surrounding them. Fans of African art such as Tunde Folawiyo and millions of others throughout the world may be thrilled to learn of an upcoming exhibition that will showcase some of Africa’s most renowned contemporary artists to the world.
Set to take place from 8 May to 6 July 2014, the Musée des Suisses dans le Monde in Geneva will house an exhibition entitled “HERE AFRICA: Contemporary Africa as seen through the Eyes of its Artists”. Providing visitors with an overview of contemporary African art, the exhibition boasts artists from a range of backgrounds, treating onlookers to a magnificent contrast highlighting the difference between Africa’s regions. Representing artists from seventeen countries throughout the continent, the exhibition will exhibit seventy works of creativity, birthed from the minds of twenty-four African artists.
To be curated by Adelina von Furstenburg, a renowned international curator, the “HERE AFRICA” exhibit will focus on the scope of engrained social problems and themes that plague some of Africa’s most undeveloped nations. Contemporary African art has long served as an outlet to portray social grievances. Uniquely portrayed by a range of artists whose varying backgrounds provide a wide contrast in views, the exhibit will showcase artists by the likes of J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, presenting 1960s and 1970s society with portraits of Nigerian influence. The Nigerian photographer, known for his work with unique hairstyles found in Nigeria, remains an admired creator, months after his death in February 2014.
In works containing a poetic approach to drawing and writing, the art of Frederic Bruly Bouabre will be showcased during the exhibit as well. Born in 1923, Frederic was an Ivorian artist born in Zepreguhe. He was among the first Ivorians to be educated by the French colonial government. During March 1948, Frederic received “a vision” that would later prove a huge influence on his work. Throughout his career, Frederic created hundreds of small drawings, all while working as a clerk in government offices. Derived from folklore and many other inspirations, his works are of great note in Africa and beyond, with many of his drawings showcased in The Contemporary African Art Collection of Jean Pigozzi. With its power to inspire art enthusiasts throughout the world, including Tunde Folawiyo, contemporary African art will continue to impact a variety of audiences well past its Geneva debut.