5 QUESTIONS FOR 6 ARTISTS ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT FOR AFRICA

Wednesday 30 November 2011

AAD interviewed artists who have generously donated their works to be auctioned for an evening to raise funds to benefit an initiative of Action Against Hunger in the Horn of Africa this past November 29 in Paris.

 

Berry Bickle, Bodo, Bruce Clarke, Kiripi, Mauro Pinto, and Tchif have all joined forces to express their commitment to Africa and show that Africans themselves are prepared to take action when it comes to their continent.

 

+ TCHIF (BENIN)

 

 

+ BRUCE CLARKE (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

+ BERRY BICKLE (ZIMBABWE)

 

 

– Who are you?

I am an african contemporary artist.

I was born in Zimbabwe, educated in South Africa, live in Mozambique, and am of european heritage.

These are all elements that belong to me and that are the basis for my work.

– Three words to describe yourself?

Commited to art as the idea of democratic space

– Why are you supporting the charitable evening to benefit Action Against Hunger?

Very simple, I believe firmly in the idea of ‘natural’ support as if we were all from the same family  and that we all have the duty to help each other.

The fact that African artists are involved is the most important aspect because it’s an initiative by african artists for african issues.

– What is the title of the work you are donating?  

The work is called « lost head III», it is the third piece in a series around lost decapitated heads.  It deals with the idea of Africa’s empty heritage of art and of the fact that it is no longer in Africa and is elsewhere in museums around the world.  How it’s lost, how it’s no longer present in africa.

  • I call them « lost heads » because so many pieces have been moved out of Africa and into the global space.  Many of which were taken during colonial domination.

– A message for Africa?

Not a simple question whatsoever.  With the elections in egypt, congo, etc., history is pretty overwhelming.  However, I believe that we must do all we can to create democratic space, we can strive towards equality and more healthy societies and I think that’s where artists can play a role.

 

+ KIRIPI (DRC)

 

 

– Who are you?

I am an artist who thinks and works on the world around me.

– Three words to describe yourself?

Kiripi works and lives in the Congo.

– Why are you supporting the charitable evening to benefit Action Against Hunger?

For the love of others.

– What is the title of the work you are donating?

« Advance » whatever the reality, your reality; you have to work to move towards a better world.

– A message for Africa?

Africans must unite, to work together to advance Africa.

 

+ PIERRE BODO (DRC)

 

 

– Who are you?

I am a Congolese painter, African and of international reputation.

– Three words to describe yourself?

Painter of popular style, I represent my dream world, my thoughts, my ideas, in an abstract style.

– Why are you supporting the charitable evening to benefit Action Against Hunger?

I am African and it is my contribution for Africans in need.

– What is the title of the work you are donating?

The painting is called “The Vital Fish.”
That fish mysteriously managed to live outside its natural environment and in this case in the forest. It’s hard but he managed.
It’s a bit of a metaphor of Africans who often struggle to live but that adapt no matter what.

– A message for Africa?

I would like to pass on a message of encouragement and hope.

It is a difficult period but Africa has courage.

 

+ MAURO PINTO (MOZAMBIQUE)

 

– Who are you?

Mauro Pinto, photographer based in Maputo in Mozambique.

– Three words to describe yourself?

Contemplative, observer and decision maker.

– Why are you supporting the charitable evening to benefit Action Against Hunger?

This initiative is just and and all just initiatives are worthy of being supported.

– What is the title of the work you are donating?

“Dr. Rua”, because these children are born and raised in the streets, their education and training take place in the streets, and they get a raw knowledge, hence the title of doctor.

– A message for Africa?

Africa must unite to protect itself and to be stronger.