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Africa 2020: "The Power of My Hands" at MAMVP

© Wura-Natasha OGUNJI / Photo Ema Edosio

The exhibition The Power of my Hands will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris through May 30, 2021, as part of the "Africa 2020" season. This specific program, coordinated by the Institut Français and curated by N'Goné Fall, was created as an invitation to understand and observe the world from an African perspective and to talk about the place of Africa in the world. As a multidisciplinary program, it focuses on contemporary artistic creation and is aimed at all audiences. The projects, co-produced by African professionals and French institutions, are designed to act as catalysts for sharing knowledge and experience.

The Power of my Hands, co-curated by Odile Burlureaux, curator of collections at MAMVP, and Suzana Sousa, independent curator, gathers the works of 16 women artists from several countries on the African continent and in the diaspora, exploring a contemporary African art scene that is little represented in France. Based on personal stories, the artists address social issues for women, including, body, sexuality, self-representation, maternity, and beliefs. The exhibition explores the relationship of black women to public and private space, through unspoken realities and their own relationships with the world. 

The creations presented - painting, pottery, photography, video, performance, embroidery etc. - celebrate the emancipatory energy of the "power of their hands." Even if some of these artists do not claim a radical feminist or political commitment, the works make it possible to share individual experiences carrying a collective and universal claim, resonating like an echo to the famous slogan of the 1970s "personal is political".

List of Artists : Violet Hwami, Keyezua, Lebohang Kganye, Kapwani Kiwanga, Senzeni Marasela, Grace Ndiritu, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Reinata Sadimba, Lerato Shadi, Ana Silva, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Billie Zangewa, Portia Zvavahera.

Presented by the Museum of Modern Art of Paris in the Women Focus of Africa 2020. Supported by AFD and JCDecaux.