The first AKAA – Also Known As Africa – trade fair for African photography, art and design, will be held in Paris from November 11 to 13. The organisers of the event have chosen the Carreau du Temple for this first edition of the fair in France.
Organised by the French-American Victoria Mann, around 30 international galleries from twelve countries are joining in this first AKAA. The exhibition encompasses works dedicated to presenting the richness of contemporary art from Africa in all of its plurality, as expressed by African continent artists, African diaspora artists, and artists whose work reflects their personal experience of Africa. A total of 115 artists are being represented at the fair.
Among them in Joana Choumali from Cote d’Ivoire. Her ‘Haabré, the last Generation’ portrait series deals with the custom of scarification, where people give themselves ritual scars. Very widespread in the past, traces of this tradition are now only found on the older generations. The South African artist, Thania Petersen, is also represented at the fair. In addition to her photography, she is known for her work with installations and performance, and was recently named “Woman of the Month” by the South African edition of the magazine, Elle.
You can find further information at: www.akaafair.com