PIASA art house in Paris presents Origins & Trajectories a new auction on contemporary  art from Africa and the African Diaspora. The auction will highlight creative diversity from Africa, or from an African origin, artistic practices that have inspired the history of the continent, and their interpretation of an increasingly globalized world.

The works selected for the auction will show how different artists deal with their own lives and identities. It seeks to reflect their reaction to their environment and migration, that is, movement of goods and people. The selected works are also placed on the ‘Afropolitan’ notion that migration, forced or voluntary, and nomadic traditions have helped greatly in forming the contemporary African identity.

With exhibitions devoted to African artists becoming  more frequent in Europe and the United States, and western collectors revealing works assembled over time, the market for African contemporary art is developing fast. Biennales, fairs and galleries all offer the chance for works by an increasing number of internationally recognized artists to enter collections in Africa and the West.

Coming after the 12th edition of Dakar Biennale in 2016, this auction is part of a number of initiatives designed to boost the discovery – or rediscovery – of a tremendous range of artists, many of whom work both in Africa and in Europe or the United States. The PIASA sale will turn the spotlight on artists whose personal history makes them ideally placed to assess global developments. It will not be organized geographically or chronologically, but explore the themes of identity, female representation, the environment, and the movement of goods and people.

The artists in the PIASA contemporary art from Africa auction are Aboudia — Côte d’Ivoire, Malala Andrialavidrazana — Madagascar, Lucy Azubuike — Nigeria, Steve Bandoma—Republic Democratic of Congo, Mahi Binebine — Morocco, Jean-FrançoisBoclé —Martinique, AlexBurke —Martinique, Ilidio Candja Candja —Mozambique, SolyCisse — Senegal, Bruce Clarke — England, Emo de Medeiros — Bénin, Bevan de Wet —South Arica, Amahiguere Dolo — Mali, Ernest Dükü — Côte d’Ivoire, Dimitri Fagbohoun — Bénin, Meschac Gaba —Bénin, Sanaa Gateja—Uganda Ablade Glover —Ghana, David Goldblatt , South Africa, Ann Gollifer—Botswana, Helena Hugo —South Africa, Katia Kameli —France/Algeria, Pascal Kenfack —Cameroun, William Kentridge, South Africa/ Australia, Adama Kouyaté —Mali, Lawrence Lemaoana — South Africa, Osvalde Lewat —Cameroun, Ndary Lo —Senegal, Frid Armel Louzala —Congo Brazzaville Phélix Ludop —Martinique Farid Mahdudh —Uganda Evans Mbugua —Kenya, Mohamed Melehi —Morocco, Mohamed Lekleti —Morocco, Joël Mpah Dooh —Cameroun, Mukuna Mufuki — Congo, Henry Mzili Mujunga —Uganda, Joseph Ntensibe —Uganda Nnenna Okore—Nigeria / USA / Australia Piniang — Senegal Patrick Rakotoasitera —Madagascar , Amalia Ramanankirahina —France Athi-Patra Ruga — South Africa , Jürgen Schadeberg —Germany, Jean Servais-Somian —Côte d’Ivoire Yinka Shonibare Mbe—Nigéria/England, Malick Sidibé —Mali, Ephrem Solomon —Ethiopia Barthélémy Toguo —Cameroun, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga —Kenya Amina Zoubir — Algérie

The auction takes place on the 9th of June, 2016. 

Time: 6pm

Venue: 118 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris

Viewing of auction lots runs on these dates: June 6, 2016 from 10am to 7pm /  June 7, 2016 from 10am to 7pm/  June 8, 2016 from 10am to 7pm/  June 6, 2016 from 10am to 12am.

Nnena Okore, ashoebi ii, Jute and terracotta elements

Nnena Okore, ashoebi ii, Jute and terracotta elements, 2008

Dimitri Fagbohoun, Faces, Masque, 2012 Ceramique

Dimitri Fagbohoun,
Faces, Masque (1-3), 2012


Ephrem Solomon, Sans titre, 2015

Aboudia, Unititled, 2013, Mixed media on canvas

Aboudia, Unititled, 2013, Mixed media on canvas


Soly Cissè, la danse, 2012


Evans Mbugua, Mr West, 2016


Featured images from auction catalogue by Piasa online.