The promises section in Art Paris Art Fair 2017 is comprised of twelve young promising galleries from all over the world. Given that Africa is the guest of honor for this year’s edition, lots of African artistic talents are being showcased, putting the spotlight on the continent’s rich artistic production.
Cecile Fakhoury Gallery, from Ivory Coast, is showing three African artists that have left Africa — Jems Robert Koko Bi (Ivory Coast), Sadikou Oukpedjo (Togo) and lastly Dalila Dalléas Bouzar who is this year’s winner of the L’art est Vivant 2017 prize.
50 Golborne Gallery (London), is showcasing three emerging African artists; Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Olalekan Jeyifous, and Emo de Medeiros. Both Ogunji and Jeyifous’ works are about their personal relationship with their African heritage, manifested in contrasting ways through their works. Medeiro’s work creates a link between the African culture and Pop culture while being very concerned with the connection of the viewer with the artwork, as well. For gallerist Pascale Revert, “I think these artists are all totally contemporary, even if their backgrounds and languages differ from the spectator’s, they all talk about this moment of post globalization, in their own way, which is totally relevant and relatable for everyone.”
Also from London, Tiwani Contemporary features works by Gareth Nyandoro who finds inspiration in the local markets of Harare. The other two artists featured are Virginia Chihota and Délio Jasse. Tyburn Gallery (London) displays Moffat Takadiwa’s wall sculptures made from found objects which relate to hygiene as a critic towards the importing of these goods from other parts of the world, and the spending on these products when there’s not even enough money for food. Also showcased is Mohau Modisakeng’s photos, and the young sensation, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami.
Not showcasing African artists, but still worth looking at are the SODA Gallery booth, from Bratislava, which introduces the Slovakian contemporary practice centered on the idea of using images and information to define the new visual culture that was born during the 60-70’s, with work from Stano Filko, Lucia Tallova and Jaroslav Varga.