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Contemporary African art raises interest in Basel

“Die Kuratorin Christine Eyene über Kunst aus Afrika” reads one of the titles of today’s Basler Zeitung front page. Africa’s presence at the Swiss edition of the most important art fair, Art Basel, cannot go unnoticed. For some days now and until 20 June, a contingent of African artists have invested 32 Utengasse, a quiet street located ten minutes from Art 41 Basel, Scope, Liste, Hot Art Fair and Selection.

Frontpage Basler Zeitung 17 June 2010.

FOCUS10 - Contemporary Art Africa successfully launched on Tuesday evening attracting local and international artists, collectors and gallery owners. FOCUS10 presents two curatorial visions with a selection of artists represented by Galerie Peter Herrmann (Berlin, Germany) and a show curated by Christine Eyene (London, UK).

FOCUS10 Opening

Galerie Peter Herrmann, spread out over the ground and top floors of FOCUS10’s venue, features Dalila Dalleas (Algeria/Germany); Amouzou Glikpa (Togo/Germany); Bill Kouelany (Congo-Brazzaville); Malam (Cameroon/France); George Osodi (Nigeria/England), Cheri Samba (DRC) and Ransome Stanley (Germany).

Malam - P. Hermann selection.

“Artists visions – A snapshot of contemporary African art”, curated by Christine Eyene, occupies the courtyard, ground and first floors of FOCUS10. The show is the result of artists’ submissions following an open call launched by FOCUS in 2009. Twelve artists were selected by Lerato Bereng (Cape Town, South Africa) and Christine Eyene on the basis that the topics they explore, their aesthetics, choice of medium and technique are innovative and reflect current trends from Africa and the Diaspora.

Paintings by Milumbe Haimbe.

Artists featured include:
Steve Bandoma (South Africa), Faith47 and Rowan Pybus (South Africa), Justin Fiske (South Africa), Ricky Lee Gordon (South Africa) Bers Grandsinge (DRC/Belgium), Ibrahim El Haddad (Egypt/Switzerland), Milumbe Haimbe (Zambia) Victor Mutelekesha (Zambia/Norway), Cameron Platter (South Africa), Frauke Stegmann (Namibia), thanksthanksafrica (Canada/Nigeria), Christian Tundula (DRC), Breeze Yoko (South Africa).
Also on show, Farafin a ni Toubabou by French artist and performance theorist Adrien Sina, presented in collaboration with Fondation Blachère (France).

Additionally to the exhibition, a series of tea-time talks have been programmed.
Yesterday, Cape Town-based Joburger Ricky Lee Gordon, a young prolific graffiti artist and curator presented /A WORD OF ART, Write on Africa, and a series of groundbreaking projects blending art, corporate collaborations and branding.
Justin Fiske’s presentation entitled “Who does the Grail serve?” is programmed today at 6.00, alongside a discussion on the African art scene on Radio Openbroadcast Art | Report Live by Barbara Strebel with Justin Fiske, Christine Eyene, Ricky Lee Gordon and Victor Mutelekesha.

Dalila Dalleas Guerrilla Penguins, Art Basel.

For some artists, being in Basel brought the opportunity to engage with the main fair beyond the walls of FOCUS10. Berlin-based Algerian artist Dalila Dalleas placed her guerrilla penguins in one of the halls, in a sort of transient performative act that she likens to the ephemera of graffiti. Her intervention shifted the relation between the “in” and the “off”, placing Art Basel, the official fair, as the “off” venue of her participation to FOCUS10.

Find out more to come on FOCUS10 here.

FOCUS10 - Contemporary Art Africa is part of Art Basel Parallel Events and Shows

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Comments (3)

congrats!

Well done, this is certainly a fantastic and well curated show. I wish I could attend!!! Christine Eyene on the front page of a Swiss-German newspaper is the only exotic artwork :)
Bravo Christine!

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18 Jun 2010, 1:51

Re: congrats!

yes well done christine and all of the focus10 producers seraina +++!

Yasmina Reggad:
Well done, this is certainly a fantastic and well curated show. I wish I could attend!!! Christine Eyene on the front page of a Swiss-German newspaper is the only exotic artwork :)
Bravo Christine!

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18 Jun 2010, 18:13

Merci!

Merci Yas,

C'est surtout les artistes qu'il faut feliciter.

Biz.

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10 Jul 2010, 7:58