AAD called upon seven african artists who have generously offered eight works for an auction organized as part of the evening “Let us not forget” that will take place Tuesday November 29, 2011.
Berry Bickle, Bodo, Bruce Clarke, la Revue Noire for Jean Depara, Kiripi, Mauro Pinto, and Tchif have all chosen to work for the development of Africa, and it is in this spirit they accompany the Action Against Hunger initiative. “Let us not forget” is a call to not ignore the famine situation that is currently ravaging the Horn of Africa.
Lost Head III, Mixed-media, 60×90 cm, 2009.
Berry Bickle is a Zimbabwean visual artist living in Maputo, Mozambique.
Her works are usually a variety of media installations that incorporate text, video and photography.
In her work she questions primordial elements, gives voice to proverbs, awakens memories, continues to engage as if to exorcise the pain, the pain and anguish of a divided society. She was born a white female in a country whose name changed when she was twenty, her installations disturb as much as the injuries that the country doesn’t know how to heal.
Recently, she took part in the exposition with the Zimbabwean pavilion during the Venice 2011 Biennale.
Le Poisson Vital, Acrylic on canvas, 75×95 cm, 2010.
Pierre Bodo is a Congolese painter living in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In 1978, Bodo took part in the famous exposition “Art Everywhere” that revealed to the public the popular Zairian painting of which he is one of the main figures, along with Moke and Chéri Samba.
Bodo treats imaginary or symbolic subjects with a strange imagination fueled by dreams. “I let out everything that comes to me, in a way to no longer fixate on specifically african subjects in order to speak to the entire world.”
He has exhibited in the Tate Modern (London), the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli (Turin), the Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain), and in the United States.
End of the Road, Lithograph on paper, 56×76 cm, 2008.
Mystifying History, Lithograph on paper, 50×65 cm, 2007.
Bruce Clarke is a South African visual artist and photographer living in Paris.
Far from all decorative and complacent art, he has published reports on South Africa, the reconstruction of Rwanda, and the return of Liberian refugees.
His visual work deals with modern history, writing and transmission of this story. He wants his paintings to stimulate a reflection on the contemporary world and the representation made of it.
He recently exhibited at the Musée des Arts Derniers in Paris, and will participate in the “Vues du Ring” exhibition organized in Bordeaux by MC2a starting December 6, 2011.
Les enfants dans les rues de Kinshasa, photo, 40×40 cm, 1970.
Jean Depara (1928-1997) was an Angolan photographer who lived in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
His black and white photographs capture the crazy atmosphere of dancing bars and clubs in Leopoldville (Kinshasa), in both night and day; the ease, the joy, the undermining of this carefree time in the capital led by Polka, Rumba, and Maringa.
The famous Zarian singer Franco invited him to his musical gatherings and became the main subject of his photographs that set up his studio the “Jean Whisky Depara.”
Depara died at the age of 69, leaving more than 5000 images of a supercharged and carefree era when Kinshasa was the vibrant and wild heart of all Africa.
His photographs were published in 1996 in the magazine la Revue Noire in Kinshasa. Currently, la Maison de la Revue Noire presents a retrospective of the work of this great African photographer.
Dr. Rua, photo, 60×40 cm, 2005.
Mauro Pinto is a photographer who lives in Maputo, Mozambique.
Pinto’s photographs differ greatly in technique and in subject matter. The images are lively, they describe the city, its people, its streets and its stories. He questions the link between visual creation, communication and information, and captures the contrasts as the coexistence of the archaic and modern, from the most remote rural village and the refined urban city, to that of the greatest poverty and the most visible luxury.
Since 2000, he has exhibited regularly, notably in the National Art Museum of Maputo, as well as in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (PICHA festival of Lubumbashi), Paris, and Brazil. He participated in the “Encounters of Bamako” in 2003.
Avancer, series “un regard”, photo, 60×90 cm, 2009.
Kiripi Katembo Siku is a Congolese videographer and photographer living in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Painter by training, he quickly adopts the photo and video from his cell phone that allow him to steal scenes from daily life in Kinshasa in “Cardboard Car”, and he circumvents the restrictions and government censorship by attaching his mobile phone to a toy car, walked through by wire in the streets of Kinshasa.
In 2010, his short films “Symphony Kinshasa” and “Après la mine” were projected during the Berlinale, as part of the film “Congo en quatre actes”.
The series “un regard” created in 2009, was exhibited at the 9th edition of “Encounters of Bamako”, in November 2011.
Point de force, Acrylic and pigments on canvas, 120×120 cm, 2011.
Tchif is a Beninese painter and visual artist, living in Cotonou.
He tirelessly pursues his quest: to understand the human being. His work, evolutionary, follows the path of his thinking. For him, man is a patient: “I am not a doctor to treat with drugs, but as an artist, I try to heal through my works.” His pictures are talismans to better penetrate the heart.
The artist has just opened a place of art in Cotonou, “Space Tchif”, private initiative designed to mix the public through exhibitions, concerts and live performances. He exhibits regularly in Africa, South America and Europe.