Lumières d’Afrique, previously presented in 2015 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, started its world tour in the spring of 2016, in Ivory Coast.
Imagined by African Artists for Development, the exhibition was presented in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the Donwahi Foundation for Contemporary Art, in Abidjan, for a period of two months, from the 27th of April to the 20th of June 2016.
This unique collaboration between African Development Bank and African Artists for Development stressed once again AAD’s commitment to the development of the continent.
Lumières d’Afrique was inaugurated under the patronage of the Minister of Mines and Energy: Adama Toungara, in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Francophonie: Maurice Kouakou and of the Minister of Defence: Alain Richard Donwahi as well as the French Ambassador to the Ivory Coast: Georges Serre.
The exhibition partners were represented by Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, Paul François Cattier, President of Schneider Electric International, and Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Orange, in Africa and the Middle East (MEA).
Many events took place surrounding the exhibition, which presented 54 artworks – paintings, photographs, installations, videos, sculptures – created by 54 contemporary African artists – one per country – around the theme “African Lights and Energies”, such as the MEDEF International delegation, in visit in Abidjan.
Artistic direction: Jean-Michel Champault
Scenography: Amédé Mulin
Charles Donwahi Foundation for Contemporary Art, created in February 2008, promotes development and diffusion activities in the field of Arts and Culture.