Panaf Preview: "Africaines"
“Africaines” is one of the three exhibitions presented at the Société Algérienne des Foires et Expositions (Safex), as part the 2nd Panafrican Cultural Festival in Algiers. Curated by Nadira Laggoune, it is premised on the concept of visibility and seeks to challenge the under-representation of women in group exhibitions, be they national or international. Women’s exhibitions, Laggoune argues, are an opportunity to provide an increasing number of female artists with a platform to show their work and the standard of their practice.
The show articulates the double agenda of both cultural and gendered identity. An approach that resonates with the fact that the Panafrican Festival commemorates South African singer Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) who was the highlight of the first edition in 1969. It is also an event placed under the patronage of the Algerian culture Ministry headed by Mrs Khalida Toumi.
“Africaines” showcases twenty artists from various parts of the African continent among which Malala Andrialavidrazana (Madagascar), Sokari Douglas Camp (Nigeria), Angele Etoundi Essamba (Cameroon), Pelagie Gbaguidi (Benin), Susan Hefuna (Egypt), Michelle Magema (DRC) and Bernie Searle (South Africa). The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue prefaced by Mrs Khalida Toumi, Algerian culture Minister, and short essays by curator Nadira Laggoune and art critic Christine Eyene.
The show opens Wednesday 8 July at the Safex.