Six Continents, or more

Word by Jessica
November 23, 2021

Answering the calls of the exhibition “Ubuntu, un rêve lucide” [Ubuntu, a lucid dream] by guest curator Marie-Ann Yemsi – calls for revolt, as well as for wisdom and healing – five exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo foreground artists whose practices cross borders and restore the capacity for action, to ideas, forms, and cultures which are more nomadic than static. Within spaces of conflict, past and present, these artists affirm equality and exchange as vital principles. Their artistic imaginaries are anchored in a world in which there are clearly no longer any centres, and indeed they help to multiply outwards the number of poles of attraction. But this fragmentation does not occlude history, quite the contrary: along with histories of diasporas and of creolization, narratives of liberation and emancipation as well as of violent stories of extraction and forced movement emerge throughout the exhibitions, always more lucid and more audible.

Exhibitions and artists involved: 

Ubuntu, a lucid dream
Sarah Maldoror: tricontinental cinema
Maxwell Alexandre, New power
Aïda Bruyère, Never again
Jonathan Jones, Untitled (transcription of country)
Jay Ramier, Keep the fire burning (gadé difé limé)

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