Armelle Dakouo Highlights Ten Artists Presented at AKAA 2021 | By Bukola Oyebode

On Sunday evening, AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art and Design Fair ended the in-person event for its sixth edition at the Carreau du Temple, Paris. It was the fair’s first physical event since 2019 due to the lockdowns and uncertainties of the previous year. Yet, this gap didn’t prevent remarkable sales records and excitement for African art and artists at the fair. At this edition, young South African artist WonderBuhle Mbambo sold his works Another Strange Dream (2021) and A Coat Found in the Museum of Shame by Kids (2021) for €100,000 and €75,000, apieceIt was the first time AKAA recorded figures of that amount for a single artwork during the art fair. An outstanding record for the young artist and his gallery BKhz led by Banele Khoza.

This edition also marks the first official gathering under AKAA’s current artistic director, Armelle Dakouo, appointed in January 2020. Formerly Head of Development and Gallery Relations at AKAA, Dakouo has collaborated with the art fair since 2015. As artistic director, she is also in charge of the cultural program known as Les Rencontres AKAA. The program features talks, film screenings, performances and more to connect various artistic disciplines and art professionals worldwide. The theme of this year was À rebrousse-temps (Against the flow of time), inspired by Senegalese poet and storyteller Birago Diop’s memoir with the same title. “I am passionate about this memoir and about the subject of time,” Dakouo tells me during our tour of the different exhibitions at the fair. Since the pandemic, time took on a new significance and has become a recurring topic in her life and work. 

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Also Known as Africa Art and Design Fair

Below, Armelle Dakouo shares a selection of ten artists presented at the sixth edition. These works were chosen from a large pool of presentations by 130 African and diaspora artists, presented by thirty-five participating galleries. 

 

WonderBuhle Mbambo presented by BKhz Gallery

AKAA 2021 Arists: WonderBuhle Mbambo, 'Another Strange Dream', 2021,
WonderBuhle Mbambo, ‘Another Strange Dream’, 2021, acrylic and metallic paint, 2180mm x 1450mm. Courtesy of BKhz

Morné Visagie – Guest artist for Monumental Installation 2021

AKAA Artist 2021 - Morné Visagie
Monumental Installation 2021 by Morné Visagie. Photo credit: TSA Art Magazine

'Everything is but a Shadow of a Golden Past' by Morné Visagie. Photo credit: TSA Art Magazine
‘Everything is but a Shadow of a Golden Past’ by Morné Visagie. Photo credit: TSA Art Magazine

Tiffanie Delune presented by Congo Biennale in La Carte Blanche 

AKAA 2021 ARTIST - Tiffanie Delune.
Tiffanie Delune, ‘What I Learned From The Seas’, 2020 (Installation view). Courtesy of the artist and Ed Cross Fine Art

Christa David presented by 193 Gallery

AKAA Artists 2021 - ChristA David
Installation view of different works by Christa David. Photo courtesy of 193 Gallery

Delano Dunn presented by Montague Contemporary

AKAA Artists 2021 - Delano Dunn
Delano Dunn, ‘I like going somewhere’ 2020, paper, wallpaper, shoe polish, glitter, tape, resin and mylar on board, 40 x 40 in. Courtesy of Montague Contemporary

Aristote Mago presented by Kin Art Studio in La Carte Blanche 

AKAA Artists 2021 - Aristote Mago.
Installation view of works by Aristote Mago. Photo credit: TSA Art Magazine

Fransix Tenda-Lomba (member of the Kin Art Studio collective) presented by The Robert Bollé Endowment

Fransix Tenda-Lomba, 'Letter from the Director', 2020, mixed media on paper. Source: AKAA website
Fransix Tenda-Lomba, ‘Letter from the Director’, 2020, mixed media on paper. Source: AKAA website

Shoshanna Weinberger presented by NOMAD Gallery 

Installation view of different works by Shoshanna Weinberger. Courtesy of NOMAD gallery
Installation view of different works by Shoshanna Weinberger. Courtesy of NOMAD gallery
Giana Dedier presented by Krystel Ann Art 
Giana de Dier, 'Where they've been', 2021, mixed media collage on Fabriano watercolor paper, 70 x 120 cm, © Giana de Dier, Courtesy Krystel Ann Art
Giana de Dier, ‘Where they’ve been’, 2021, mixed media collage on Fabriano watercolour paper, 70 x 120 cm, © Giana de Dier, Courtesy Krystel Ann Art

Mehdi Djelil presented by rhizome
AKAA 2021 ARTISTS -Mehdi Djelil (Bardi)
Mehdi Djelil (Bardi), Janus, 2021, acrylique sur toile166 x 134 cm. © Hichem Merouche, Courtesy of rhizome

AKAA continues online until Sunday 21, 2021. See the viewing room here 

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