Stéphane Richard, CEO, Groupe Orange
“Orange is particularly active in Africa. We are greatly invested in the continent, which is a key growth area for the Groupe. With a presence in 19 countries, we contribute to the continent’s digital development through network expansion, as well as innovation and support for features such as mobile payments and money transfers. Our Orange Money solution has already won over more than 14 million customers, many of whom do not have bank accounts. The Groupe is a responsible, committed participant, with the particularly strong presence of the Orange Foundation and our CSR activities. It also provides a means for everyone to discover the digital world. So it was only natural for Orange to add its voice to the Lumières d’Afriques exhibition’s message of solidarity, humanity and innovation. I am proud to offer such committed, talented African artists the opportunity to show their work at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, and I encourage the public to attend and discover them!”
Gilles Vermot Desroches, Group Managing Director, Sustainability Foundation and Schneider Electric
“Our world is experiencing more intense changes than ever before, with the unprecedented acceleration of urbanization, digitization and industrialization. For the first time, new technologies are allowing us to distribute and connect energy, which leads us to rethink our lifestyles. Meanwhile, an estimated 1.1 billion people in the world had no access to electricity in 2014, and 2.9 billion have no efficient means of cooking, according to the Global Tracking Framework 2015 – Sustainable Energy for All.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, these issues directly affect between 580 and 650 million people, or about 70% of the population. At Schneider Electric, we believe that access to energy is a fundamental human right. We want every person on the planet to have access to energy that’s steady, reliable, efficient and sustainable. In addition, we are committed to providing innovative solutions to the energy paradox — to find a balance between our planet’s carbon footprint and everyone’s undeniable right to quality energy.
That’s the challenge of our Access to Energy program. The Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France is making a significant contribution to reaching that goal. It allows disadvantaged populations to acquire the ability and know- how that will guarantee them a responsible, reliable career that will provide them and their families with the means to a satisfying life. Its role is also to raise awareness of those issues among as many people as possible.
The Lumières d’Afriques exhibition, at the initiative of African Artists for Development, is a wonderful opportunity to give African artists a voice and to share their vision on the importance of energy.
Together we can make a difference.”
Matthias Leridon, President
“The Lumières d’Afriques exhibition is firmly rooted in the logic of the projects that Tilder has supported for 25 years — meaningful projects conducive to generating, nurturing and developing our great societal debates. Committed projects promoting dialogue with the arts and the creative world, a dialogue between cultures, and respect for human beings.
Dedicated to the recognition of the incredible dynamism in contemporary African art, and committed to the future of the African continent, Tilder has supported African Artists for Development since its inception. A global arts event, its scope both cultural and political, Lumières d’Afriques embodies that dynamism. Fifty-four works of art grouped together in the Théâtre National de Chaillot, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, as Paris prepares to welcome COP21.
A commitment to freedom, the battle against climate change, a meaningful artistic initiative — those are three battles that Tilder is very eager to take part in.
Tilder is proud to support this exhibition, which goes far beyond the mere promotion of the African art world’s leading lights, but rather expresses a new avenue of solidarity between its nations.”