meetings in May 2022

In Abidjan, Cannes, New York, Marseille, Ouagadougou, Paris, Tangier or Burgundy, indoors or outdoors, here are 15 African cultural events not to be missed this May. Feel free to send us your must-see cultural events at

Memory: stories of another history meets until August 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Cultures Adama Toungara (MuCAT) in Abidjan works of contemporary African art for ” the (re)construction of a common whole, a universal whole “. Among the 14 artists from the African continent: Joana Choumali, Myriam Hihindou, Rachel Marsil, Enam Gbewonyo, Selly Raby…” This exhibition embodies the idea of ​​a collective memory made up of endless stories, narratives, questions and experiences scattered throughout our individual, personal and intimate memory. »

Under the title world unleashed, the MoMA in New York is devoting an exhibition to an Ivorian artist for the first time. Until August 13, the work of Frederic Bruly Bouabre is a tribute from the 1970s until the artist’s death in 2014. The focus of the exhibition is the Bété-Bouabré Alphabet, the artist’s invention of the first writing system for the Bété people, an ethnic group of today’s Costa of Ivory to which the artist belonged.

From May 2 to 8, the 3rd edition of the Ouagadougou Contemporary Art Market. Under the title Transition, the initiative aims to make artists visible, but also the role of art in social cohesion. This atypical exhibition, which combines art and nature, brings together around fifty painters, sculptors, graphic artists, photographers, cartoonists and designers from different countries on the African continent at the Bangr Wéogo Urban Park.

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On May 7, Benjamin Stora opens an afternoon of meetings at the MuCEM in Marseille under the motto ofAlgeria France, seen by… Historians, artists and younger generations are invited to share their views and their stories.” thus questioning the complexity of collective and individual legacies “.

“My beloved sister” (detail), by Adjaratou Ouedraogo, will be exhibited during the 2nd edition of “African Crossings”. © Francoise Livinec Gallery

From May 5 to 22, the association For art for Africa invites us to the second edition of african crosses. This thematic route offers a discovery of artists from the African continent and its diaspora in 19 galleries and art centers in Paris and Île-de-France, from Romainville to the Marais district.

As part of the memories around slavery, ten exceptional representations of the work of Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a return to the native land, await spectators at the Théâtre de l’Épée de bois at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes, from May 5 to 15. At the origin of the project, the former president of the ACTe Memorial, Jacques Martial, actor, director, current advisor in charge of overseas since 2020.

On May 10, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, will inaugurate the first statue of a black woman erected in Paris. The unveiling of the statue. Loneliness will take place in the garden of the same name on the Place du Général Catroux in the 17th arrondissement in the name of the memory of this Guadeloupean resistance fighter against slavery, born in 1772 as the daughter of an African slave, raped by a sailor on the ship which took her deported to the West Indies.

The 9th edition of the Nollywood Week in Paris It will offer between May 5 and 8 9 feature films and 5 short films at the L’Arlequin cinema. Nigerian director Moses Inwang opens the Festival with his new film Lockdown.

From May 13 to 15, the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris offers The UFOs of Cameroonian cinema. A program proposed by the Cameroonian avant-garde director Jean-Pierre Bekolo, which includes his film those who bleedbut also Bikutsi Water Blues by Jean-Marie Teno or sango-bad by Bassek Ba Khobia or mune motorcycle by Dikongue Pipa.

“Le Plateau” (detail), 2021, by Peintre Obou, will be exhibited during the 2nd edition of “Traverséees africaines” at the 193 Gallery, Paris.
“Le Plateau” (detail), 2021, by Peintre Obou, will be exhibited during the 2nd edition of “Traverséees africaines” at the 193 Gallery, Paris. © 193 Gallery, Paris

This year, sky boy by Egyptian director Tarik Saleh, will be the only film from the African continent to compete for the Palme d’Or at the world’s largest film event. What place will African cinema have in cannes film festival ? To follow on between May 17 and 28.

From May 19 to 22, Menart Fair Paris pays tribute to Western and Arab-Muslim, Mediterranean and African culture, among others with twenty artists from North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt). ” Its specificity is the cultural mixture of North Africa and the Mediterranean basin, which can be both a source of wealth and an obstacle. »

The Burgundy Tribal Show brings together dealers of classical African art from May 19 to 22. It is the first international art fair to be held in the field. The David Serra gallery offers, for example, an Nkisi fetish, Cisola, from the Chokwe people of the Lower Congo region, from the end of the 19th century. The Afrique & Kanem gallery exhibits there a statuette of the Mambwé people, from the 19th century, now the DRC.

1-54, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, returns to New York from May 19-22. The international lineup includes 25 galleries from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, with a particular focus on galleries in New York and Harlem.

From May 27 to June 5, the African Film Festival (FCAT) opens its doors in Tarifa, Tangier and in several branches in Cádiz and Ceuta carrying out ” appeal to the notion of identity and balance between cultures “. The 19th edition of the festival will be marked by the cinematography of the Dominican Republic”, where the cultural heritage of Africa is present in all aspects of the lives of its inhabitants “.

On May 28, the call for the 2nd edition of the Ellipse Art Projects Award, dedicated this year to artists living in the Ivory Coast. The project aims to support a collective awareness of the environment that surrounds us through the messages transmitted by the artists. The winner benefits, among other things, from an exhibition at the elipse art projects stand at the international fair. AKAA – Also known as Africa in Paris from October 20 to 23, 2022.

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