ARTISTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

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Barthélémy Toguo, is a Cameroonian painter born in 1967. He lives in Paris and Bandjoun. He has also worked with photographs, prints, sculpture, videos. Toguo produces very powerful works that reflect his socio-political views about African and Western relations.

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Abdoulaye Konaté is a Malian artist. He was born in DIré and lives and works in Bamako. Konaté studied painting in Bamako and then Havana, Cuba. Konaté worked as a graphic designer at the Musee National in Bweineramako. He was appointed to be the Director of the Palais de la Culture. Now, he works as the Director of the Conservatoire of Arts & Media in Bamako. He and his work have received several awards, including in 2002 the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France.

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Below is an exhibition of El Anatsui, Barthélémy Togo and Abdoulaye Konaté at Manchester Art Gallery 2012. Africa has narratives that are just being recognized but have been developing for quite some time. If you compare these narratives to new Chinese and Middle Eastern work you will some similarities — struggles with economics, politics, identity.

 

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