ART AFRICA is proud to announce that we will be partnering extensively with the Kampala Art Biennale 2018.
“The tradition of the studios has always been fundamental in art history, where the great masters used to work with a crowd of apprentices and pupils. Masters such as Michelangelo would always select, among the most talented youth, those who would have the privilege to assist him in his realisations. Some of those apprentices later became masters and kept the tradition alive. This training was not only technical and practical but also spiritual and philosophical, especially when it concerned religion.
Modern practices, notably in Europe, but also in Africa, have turned the artist into a solitarian Genius who creates masterpieces in the silence of his studio. It seems to us of the utmost importance for Africa to reinvent new ways of addressing art, in a more endogenous manner. Africa is still a space where the community plays a critical role. Through this third edition of the Kampala Biennale, our is aim to revitalise ancient practices that are more than needed in our contemporary world. Practices that would bring back notions like transmission and togetherness.” – Simon Njami –