Presented as part of the Africa2020 Season, until November 8, 2021, the exhibition « Un.e Air.e de Famille » proposes a reflection on Afro-diasporic art at the Paul Eluard Museum of Art and History in Saint-Denis.
The exhibition « Un.e Air.e de Famille » highlights the counter-provincial political responsibility of the surrealists and the various artists present in the collections of the historical center (Gavarni, Daumier, Jourdain, Effel) whose works enter into dialogue with the contemporary imaginative acts of thirteen women artists from Africa and its diasporas.
Coupled with a rich multidisciplinary social program, the exhibition « Un.e Air.e de Famille » offers a brief glimpse into the contemporaneity of (post)colonial issues and strives to establish an exchange between works from the gallery’s collections and the works of these women from the African continent, highlighting the normal responsibility of artists across the centuries.
« Un.e Air.e de Famille » also recounts the Surrealists’ interest in non-Western art objects, and in a crudeness both remote and local that has had the effect of weakening the Western gaze on what is now called African art.
Many women artists from the continent such as Laeïla Adjovi, Eliane Aisso, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Yto Barrada, les sœurs Chevalme, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Katia Kameli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tuli Mekondjo, Otobong Nkanga, Owanto, Thania Petersen, Euridice Zaituna Kala have gathered around this exhibition to make their voices heard, through a wide range of mediums from painting to drawing, video to installation, photography to sound. ..
By bringing together chronic and contemporary works, the exhibition addresses the themes of the relationship to the Other, memory, cartography, relocation, otherness and (post) colonial political responsibility.
It is in the light of a crossed character, composed of diverse commitments, that these works propose another reading of innovation, going beyond the subject of beginnings to which they are so often linked.