What's On: September Round up of Exhibitions

Here’s our round up of September exhibitions and shows around the world you might want to see this month.

Meleko Mokgosi  Democratic Intuition, Lerato: Philia I, 2016. Two panels: oil on canvas. 96 x 198 1/2 inches. © Meleko Mokgosi.

Meleko Mokgosi Democratic Intuition, Lerato: Philia I, 2016.
Two panels: oil on canvas. 96 x 198 1/2 inches.
© Meleko Mokgosi.




Aujourd’hui (translated from French, Today), National Museum of Yaounde ; An exhibition curated by Simon Njami. Until 20 September 2019

A poetry from here, today and tomorrow. Njami asks to a selection of 30 Cameroonian artists, the question: what is TODAY? In a word TODAY is about transition. It’s important for the world and for the African continent to take part in this transition. Their response is the testimony of an established artistic modernity and a liberation of expression.



The Way She Looks; A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, Photographs from The Walther Collection, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada
11 September – 8 December 2019

Photographs from The Walther Collection. Exhibition features contemporary works by female artists, including Yto Barrada, Jodi Bieber, Lebohang Kganye, Zanele Muholi, Grace Ndiritu, and Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko alongside 1950s studio portraits by such important historical figures as Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, and nineteenth-century prints, cartes de visite, postcards, and albums. LINK


Africa State of Mind, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA
4 September – 15 November 2019

Africa State of Mind, curated by Ekow Eshun with NAE, explores the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent. 16 artists from 11 different countries interrogate ideas of 'Africanness' through highly subjective renderings of life and identity on the continent, along the way revealing Africa to be a psychological space as much as a physical territory; a state of mind as much as a physical location. The exhibiting artists are: Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Sammy Baloji, Raphaël Barontini, Neil Beloufa, Girma Berta, Eric Gyamfi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Lebohang Kganye, Namsa Leuba, Michael MacGarry, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Musa N Nxumalo, Ruth Ossai, Athi Patra Ruga and Michael Tsegaye. LINK


I Am…Contemporary Women Artists in Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA
20 June 2019 – 15 March 2020

Taking its name from a 1970’s feminist anthem, I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africadraws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to the most pressing issues of their times. With experimental and sophisticated use of diverse media, the 27-featured artists offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity, and more.




Meleko Mokgosi

Objects of Desire, Addendum, at Stevenson Gallery: Exhibition : 7 – 25 October 2019

Objects of Desire, Addendum exists as a postscript to Mokgosi’s acclaimed, long-standing visual essay, Democratic Intuition, of which Comrades, exhibited at Stevenson, Cape Town, in 2016, was the second of eight chapters. Comprising painting and sculpture, Democratic Intuition questioned how one can approach the conceptual promises of democracy in relation to the daily lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa.


Adolf Tega

Africa Without Borders, at MOMO Gallery : Exhibition : 15 August – 14 September

The paintings in this series speak to utopias both real and imagined. Mwanawehvu (Son of the Soil) and After the Step Down commemorate Robert Mugabe’s resignation after three decades in power. This historical moment sparked a spontaneous sense of unity across Zimbabwe and its diasporas. 



Boris Nzebo

Le Monstre de Nkolbong, at Jack Bell Gallery Exhibition : 6 – 20 September 2019, Private view : Thursday 5 September


Peju Alatise

Memoirs of the forgotten, at Sulger-Buel Gallery: Exhibition : 12 – 13 Oct


L’art est un investissement rentable

Voilà maintenant plusieurs années que l’on évoque, dans le monde, l’essor de l’art contemporain africain sur le marché international. Mais qu’en est-il ici chez nous en Afrique et plus particulièrement au Cameroun? Les collectionneurs potentiels dont regorge le continent sont-ils conscients des enjeux politiques, culturels et économiques qui sont à l’œuvre ?

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DECOUVRIR : AUJOURD'HUI | Exposition en collaboration avec la Banque Mondiale

L’exposition AUJOURD’HUI sous le commissariat de Simon Njami, critique d’art, essayiste , a réussi un tour de force - avec le soutien de la Banque Mondiale - en réalisant pour la première fois au Cameroun, un projet artistique au caractère autant unique qu’exceptionnel au Musée National de Yaoundé.

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The Caine Prize Winner 2019 : Lesley Nneka Arimah


Founded in 2000, The Caine Prize for African Writing is a prestigious award whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience. The annual literary awards english speaking African authors published in Africa and elsewhere.

This year, the five-writer shortlist, featuring stories that tackle “the ordinary in an extraordinary manner” and celebrate the diversity of the African short-story writing tradition. The shortlist includes authors from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria, was announced by this year’s Chair of judges, Kenyan author Dr Peter Kimani.

This year, Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing - often described as Africa's leading literary award. Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘Skinned’, published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 53 (2018).



Moss is a literary festival, launched in October 2016, offering a library of more than 3,000 books available for consultation through a membership. Every year, six to seven literary meetings are organised and attended by about eighty people. MOSS also hosts talks through the association “Lire à Douala”.




S'INFORMER: Le Marché de l'Art Contemporain Africain

S'INFORMER: Le Marché de l'Art Contemporain Africain

De plus en plus de lieux donnent accès à l’art contemporain Africain, avec la globalisation des foires comme 1:54 (Londres, NY, Marrakech), AKAA (Paris), Art X Lagos (Nigeria) et la présence de nombreuses galeries en France mais également en Afrique. Les ventes aux enchères sont également des lieux proposant une sélection d’œuvres ou certaines maisons de vente aux enchères n’ont pas hésité à créer des départements spécialisés comme Bonhams, Sotheby’s, Piasa ou encore des espaces sur le continent comme Art Auction Africa (Kenya).

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L’art contemporain africain, un investissement attractif pour les HNWI africains

L’art contemporain africain, un investissement attractif pour les HNWI africains

En Mars 2019, nous avons eu le plaisir d’accueillir Maître Bimpe Nkontchou,  avocate à Londres et conseillère en gestion de patrimoine chez W8Advisory - qui nous a parlé des opportunités d’investissement dans l’art contemporain africain. Son intervention fait partie d’une série de mini-séminaires ouverts au public qui ont lieu dans l’espace de la galerie.

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