The 1-54 fair defies the pandemic by transporting Africa from Marrakech to Paris

WE WERE THERE – Unable to take place in Marrakech, the meeting of contemporary African art is held at the headquarters of Christie’s until Saturday.

There is great energy in the salons of Christie’s in Paris. While the times are devastated for culture with the pandemic, collectors are happy to be able to meet, to exchange, to share a contemporary African art which always delights with its bite, its cheerfulness and its inventiveness. Like the fist held out with force by a black man who looks like Black Panther on a yellow fabric, work of Franco-Beninese living in Paris and Cotonou, Emo de Medeiros (15,000 euros at Dominique Fiat).

Emo from Meideros, Surtenture (…for the bodymay vanish but the spirit endures), tissu, 2020, Galerie Dominique R.

Also like the large blue Klein figures mounted on canvas by Cameroonian from Paris and Bandjoun, Barthélémy Toguo; a series of eight that we saw in 2020 at the Busan Biennale (60,000 euros). Or great characters in the middle of funny animals expressing as much the beauty of the world as its excesses of Souleimane Barry, from Burkina Faso (8000 euros at Anne de Villepoix). Or dressed or masked glass dolls, full of humor, from Cameroonians

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