As a prelude to United Nations conference on climate change (COP21) that was held in Paris in december 2015 and at the initiative of the endowment fund African Artists for Development, the Théâtre National de Chaillot – emblematic location of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 – hosted as a world first the original works of 54 African artists (painters, photographers , sculptors and video artists ) created on the common theme of ” The Enlightened Africa “.
This exceptional exhibition, held under the patronage of the President of the Republic, François Hollande was inaugurated by the President of the Senate in the presence of several Ministers and thirty members of the Pan African Parliament; as well as twenty artists .
During the three weeks of exhibition at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Lumières d’Afriques attracted over 20,000 visitors and received wide media coverage in national (BBC , Télérama , RFI , France Culture, It Canal + , etc…) and international media (Art Africa , Central African news Agency , etc…).
Several events marked the exhibition: the South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga made a performance in collaboration with Unathi Mkonto and 15 students from « école du Spectacle »- Espace Lauriston (Paris16è), and the author Dieudonné has Niangouna made a reading of Un rêve au-delà in partnership with MC93, the House of Culture of the
Artistic direction: Jean-Michel Champault
Scenography: Franck Houndégla