This project focuses on the importance of culture and creativity as development tools and is directly in line with the Brussels Declaration by Artists and Cultural Professionals from EU and ACP countries. It includes :
-An itinerant urban exhibition of contemporary African artistic practices
-Residencies of African artists in a different country
-Discussion panels on the relation between art and development of modern urban Centres in Africa.
-Digital projections in different neighborhoods in the city
For this occasion, an exhibition pavilion has been specially designed by British/ Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. The pavilion will remain in Burkina after the end of the exhibition in order to offer a new exhibition space to local artists.
The exhibition was previewed in conjunction with the European Union-Africa Summit in Tripoli (Libya, November 29, 2010) and continues a debate between Europe and Africa concerning the future development of societies and African cities which initiated in the summer of 2010 in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels with the "Visionary Africa:
Geographics/A Useful Dream" programme.
"Visionary Africa: Art at Work – An itinerant platform in Africa" starts travelling today between different African capitals, beginning with Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and followed by Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), aiming to launch a discussion on the entire continent regarding the interaction between art and culture with the development of cities and societies of Africa of the immediate future.
Opening: Ouagadougou, Place de la Nation, Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11 AM, in the exhibition pavilion
The great Ethiopian artist Theo Eshetu has a residency project in Ouagadougou to create a new work.
2010 and 2011 mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of 22 African countries.
Workshop : March, 4, 2011
Artist in residency: Théo Eshetu (Ethiopia)
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