The Lumières d’Afriques‘ exhibition was created by the French NGO African Artists for Development in 2015 as a prelude to COP21 and was inaugurated in Paris in November 2015 at the Théâtre national de Chaillot. It was then presented in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in the second quarter of 2016, then in Dakar (Senegal) in early 2017, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Switzerland) in March 2017, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) at the African Union in early 2018, at the EUMETSAT premises in Darmstadt (Germany) in the second quarter of 2018 and in Rabat (Morocco) in the spring of 2019.
This exhibition is the first in contemporary art’s history to present works by 54 world-renowned artists, one from each state on the African continent. These 54 artists engage in the same artistic gesture around the theme of energy’s access, according to a simple idea: there is no future, no growth and no progress without electricity.
The cultural and artistic richness of South Africa, both ancestral and contemporary, makes this country a highly symbolic stage. Gervanne Leridon, co-president of AAD explained that “not only does South Africa have a thriving arts scene, but it is also a long-standing leader in the democratization of access to energy“. Jean-Michel Champault, the exhibition’s artistic director, added that “the exhibition is moving to one of Africa’s ecological capitals; the time has come for the continent’s artists to be recognized as major drivers of change and development“.
The Standard Bank Gallery is an inspirational exhibition space that has established itself since its opening in 1990 as one of the city’s premier fine arts venues. The gallery offers a dynamic exhibition programme, which demonstrates Standard Bank’s true commitment to cultural development.
Three of the 54 artists exhibited were present at the opening of the exhibition on February 20th in Johannesburg: Freddy Tsimba, Nyaba Ouedraogo and Berry Bickle.
Our partners, the communication consultancy TILDER and the Standard Bank share our conviction that Africa is the continent of today and tomorrow.
Artistic Director : Jean-Michel Champault