At the end of 2012, African Artists for Development inaugurated the first “Beautiful Library of Benin,” the library “Melchior Leridon”, in Cotonou, Benin. This library, renovated in collaboration with the Zinsou Foundation, is dedicated to the democratization of books and reading for young people from Benin.
The library is already a real success amongst the youth of Cotonou, with around 2,500 visitors per month. Convinced that reading is an essential pivot of development, African Artists for Development has over 1,200 books in French available for children and adolescents.
In order to make this library a place that stimulates creativity and interest in contemporary art among young people, Beninese visual artist Dominique Zinkpè has achieved a monumental sculpture upon the request of AAD.
The sculpture, which is a unique piece of art related to the project and which symbolically represents a book, will be installed in the library in the coming week. Once installed, it will become the first contact between the young readers and contemporary art.
This initiative is rooted in the AAD’s belief that the engagement of contemporary African artists in support of development projects is one of the best levers of recognition and guarantee success to build the future of Africa.