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Beginning in Malaga, the biennial is a space for exchanges, meetings and opportunities for the new generation of African artists.

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From 3 and 4 November to 29 January 2023, 36 artists representing more than 20 countries will contribute their vision of the continent through photography. La Térmica, the CC La Malagueta and the Alameda Principal will host the exhibition part of the biennial with three major exhibitions. The Cultural Container of the University of Malaga will host a meeting between several participating photographers. Directed by the conceptual artist and multicultural photographer of Gabonese origin, Owanto, Ozangé will travel to Madrid, the Ivory Coast and Morocco.

Ozangé, the 1st Biennial of African Photography, begins its journey in Malaga to build bridges between our continents through art and reflection. The biennial will not only be an exhibition space with a selection of works by current photographers from the continent or the diaspora – with particular emphasis on the works of women artists – but it is as a space for exchanges, encounters and opportunities for this new generation.

Ozangé is structured around a series of exhibitions and dialogues with artists with which to expand territorial borders while sharing and reflecting on photography. It is produced by La Térmica and the Centro Cultural La Malagueta of the Diputación de Málaga, in collaboration with the Ayuntamiento de Málaga, the Universidad de Málaga, the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Adama Toungara and LagosPhoto Festival.

Ozangé will be divided into several sections spread over four spaces to host its exhibition programme and a calendar of dialogues and meetings. La Térmica, the CC La Malagueta and the Alameda Principal will host the exhibition part of the biennial with three major exhibitions. 

The exhibition at the Centro Cultural La Malagueta hosts the work of 36 African and Diaspora artists with decidedly brilliant proposals from more than 20 countries, including Zimbabwe, Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Angola, among others, which make up a route divided into six different sections inspired by light. For its part, La Térmica exhibits ‘Capturing Cultural Evolution’, a selection of the most emblematic images presented throughout the history of LagosPhoto, a key and pioneering festival that since 2010 has become a benchmark platform for the development of young talent.

Thanks to the collaboration with Malaga City Council, Ozangé will have an urban exhibition in the Alameda Principal, opening a street-level window from 3 to 16 November with the photographs of Stephen Tayo. In the Contenedor Cultural of the University of Málaga, a meeting between several photographers participating in the biennial will occur on 4 November at 12.30 pm.

The Biennale is under the artistic direction of Owanto, a prestigious artist of Gabonese origin whose work has been exhibited in Europe, Africa and the United States. Owanto has dedicated her work to denouncing the genital mutilation of women, using contemporary art as a weapon for social and cultural change.

Malaga, the first stop for Ozangé: a travelling biennale To carry out this project and give greater visibility to contemporary creation and participate in its dissemination, La Térmica and the CC La Malagueta of the Diputación de Málaga have allied with important institutions recognised for their commitment to the promotion of intercultural exchanges. After its exhibition in Malaga, the biennial will begin its itinerancy, from 2023 to 2024, to the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and the Adama Toungara Museum of Contemporary Art in Abidjan with the aim of developing cultural activities that invite reflection on a continental scale.

For more information, please visit Ozangé.

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