This is not a self-promo. But a new one that pleases us. Fans of contemporary african art in the soul traveler, collectors or simple lovers, will in fact be able to go on the footsteps of the artists, gallery owners, and other stakeholders in the world of art in Africa, thanks to a unique partnership between the promising small contemporary art fair and the african design AKAA, Also Known As Africa, and the specialist of the custom-Houses of the Travel, the property of Figaro.

For the first time, on the occasion of the third edition of the fair which opens its doors from November 9 to 11, the Tile of the temple at Paris, an area will be dedicated to the Journey. The initiative was born out of a discussion between Brigitte Bollé, the administrative director of the parisian event and mother of the founder, Victoria Mann, and Valerie Kabov, director of First floor Gallery in Harare (Zimbabwe) engaged in international projects and educational programs via his gallery.

the First Art Tour in Zimbabwe

The first Art Tour will be held where the idea was born in Zimbabwe so, with a departure from Paris on march 28, 2019, for four days dedicated to the visit to Harare and the new art scene. Then destination the Victoria Falls for two days of discovery tour.

AKAA, who had already forged a partnership with Onomo Hotels, a hotel group located on the african continent as a whole and created a “price Onomo for photography”, so continues to plot its way to a tourism artistic with The Houses of the Trip, which is funded by the coming of the senegalese artist Alum Be. Exposed in space Underground, the latter reveals his photographic series “Building up” to characters wearing masks of virtual reality. This 3rd edition focuses on “the axis South/South, the best way to redraw a map of the contemporary art”, says its founder Victoria Mann.

Gonçalo Mabunda, The Gangneung Style Boy, 2018, at the galerie Magnin-A. Galerie Magnin

the fair will Thus be saw as a taste of departure, a stepping-stone to elsewhere, physical. At Paris, a hundred of artists from Senegal, Haiti, Ethiopia, Cuba or even South Korea are represented through 49 exhibitors.

Among them, André Magnin, the galerie Magnin-A, pioneer never satisfied, presents the paintings free of the malian Amadou Sanogo and the masks of metal and wood of the Mozambican Gonçalo Mabunda. Bob Vallois, in his gallery of the same name, celebrates the ties between Cuba and Benin, with a selection of artists from both continents, including Edwige Aplogan, Agustín Cárdenas, Euloge Glèlè and Dominique Zinkpè.

In the alleys of new entrants make their entry, Portugal, Italy, South Africa or Morocco. Like its big sister, the fair 1:54, founded by Touria el Glaoui, Also Known As Africa emerges as “a platform for commercial and cultural, showing an Africa that is diverse, plural, which is not enclosed by the contours of the Continent”, in the words of Victoria. Last year, the event has attracted 15,000 visitors. For them, a new perspective opens with the Arts of Tours. Next destinations: Morocco, with Marrakech and Casablanca, Ethiopia, and Senegal, at the time of the Biennale of Dakar.

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