Axis Gallery, NY & NJ

Axis Gallery, NY & NJ Art Gallery. Contemporary African artists. African art, with special focus on southern and eastern Africa. Axis works closely with leading museums, and exhibits in various venues.

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Join this talk with Gideon Mendel as he discussed Drowning World: A visual response to Climate Change hosted by @drexelu...
05/06/2021

Join this talk with Gideon Mendel as he discussed Drowning World: A visual response to Climate Change hosted by @drexeluniv Academy of Natural sciences. Register on their website ansp.org. #drowningworld #climatechange #flooding #photography #video #contemporaryart #axisgallerynyartist

TODAY: April 22, 2021, 1pm ESTHervé Youmbi, "Two-Faced (Double Visage)": A Discussion with the ArtistTIME: 1:00 PM — 2:0...
04/22/2021

TODAY: April 22, 2021, 1pm EST

Hervé Youmbi, "Two-Faced (Double Visage)": A Discussion with the Artist

TIME: 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM EST
LOCATION: Live, virtual event
HOST: Bowdoin Museum of Art
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Hervé Youmbi, artist, Douala, Cameroon, will speak about his Two-Faced (Double Visage), 2015-17, and his Faces of Masks (Visages de Masques) series. Interested in raising questions regarding authenticity, cultural hybridity, practices of collecting, and the interpretive frameworks that western museums have traditionally brought to the exhibition and interpretation of African art, contemporary artist Hervé Youmbi addresses how his work, which represents exemplary skill and technical excellence, plays with elements of appropriation, documentation, and museological practice. As the artist explains, Two-Faced (Double Visage) fluctuates between contemporary art, performance, and ethnographic artifact, raising questions of the identity of this work and the role of “ethnographic” practice in contemporary art.
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His presentation will be followed by a conversation with Dominique Malaquais, Senior Researcher at CNRS (Institut des Mondes Africains, Paris, France) and co-director with Kadiatou Biallo of the experimental curatorial platform SPARCK (Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge), and an opportunity for discussion with the audience.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

This is an online event. Register
https://bowdoincollege.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uUIOq3UFkhe6mW

📷 : Bamiléké Yegué Scream Mask, an element of Two-Faced / Double Visage from his Visages de masques / Faces of Mask series, 2015-2017, wood, hair, beads, hide, pigment, and cloth, by Hervé Youmbi, Cameroonian, born 1973. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ©Hervé Youmbi.
Hervé Youmbi Dominique Malaquais #axisgallerynyartist #visagesdemasques

TODAY: April 22, 2021, 1pm EST

Hervé Youmbi, "Two-Faced (Double Visage)": A Discussion with the Artist

TIME: 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM EST
LOCATION: Live, virtual event
HOST: Bowdoin Museum of Art
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Hervé Youmbi, artist, Douala, Cameroon, will speak about his Two-Faced (Double Visage), 2015-17, and his Faces of Masks (Visages de Masques) series. Interested in raising questions regarding authenticity, cultural hybridity, practices of collecting, and the interpretive frameworks that western museums have traditionally brought to the exhibition and interpretation of African art, contemporary artist Hervé Youmbi addresses how his work, which represents exemplary skill and technical excellence, plays with elements of appropriation, documentation, and museological practice. As the artist explains, Two-Faced (Double Visage) fluctuates between contemporary art, performance, and ethnographic artifact, raising questions of the identity of this work and the role of “ethnographic” practice in contemporary art.
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His presentation will be followed by a conversation with Dominique Malaquais, Senior Researcher at CNRS (Institut des Mondes Africains, Paris, France) and co-director with Kadiatou Biallo of the experimental curatorial platform SPARCK (Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge), and an opportunity for discussion with the audience.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

This is an online event. Register
https://bowdoincollege.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uUIOq3UFkhe6mW

📷 : Bamiléké Yegué Scream Mask, an element of Two-Faced / Double Visage from his Visages de masques / Faces of Mask series, 2015-2017, wood, hair, beads, hide, pigment, and cloth, by Hervé Youmbi, Cameroonian, born 1973. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. ©Hervé Youmbi.
Hervé Youmbi Dominique Malaquais #axisgallerynyartist #visagesdemasques

Xhosa cascade necklace, usaliwa, worn in the former Ciskei during the 1960s. The photographer is Aubrey Elliot, who grew...
04/20/2021

Xhosa cascade necklace, usaliwa, worn in the former Ciskei during the 1960s. The photographer is Aubrey Elliot, who grew up in this area. His book “Magic World of the Xhosa” includes photographs from 1959-1970, when it was published. #xhosa #africanbeadwork #aubreyelliot #ciskei #africanfashion #africandress #africandesign #africanarts

Today’s task, working on Axis Gallery's collection of Thembu collars. Xhosa speakers call these  “ithumbu,” the same wor...
03/26/2021

Today’s task, working on Axis Gallery's collection of Thembu collars. Xhosa speakers call these “ithumbu,” the same word as “intestines,” pointing to ritual sacrifice and thus the ceremonial function of wearing such beadwork, which honors the ancestors. I feel honored...

Opening tomorrow numerous works from Sammy Baloji’s Kolwezi series  feature in “Reframing the Exotic: Sammy Baloji / Ade...
03/18/2021

Opening tomorrow numerous works from Sammy Baloji’s Kolwezi series feature in “Reframing the Exotic: Sammy Baloji / Ade Adekola” @cairnsartgallery , Australia

Works in Baloji’s "Kolwezi” series juxtapose bleak scenes from a Chinese mine in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on the one hand, with colorful images that miners use to decorate their makeshift tented shacks. These interior decorations include Chinese-produced posters, purchased from the local supply store, with idyllic pastiche landscapes or idealized cities. Some miners display postcards and other images from the Belgian-colonial era, which invites a comparison between the exploitative roles of China and other Western powers today and European powers in earlier decades. In Baloji’s juxtapositions of these materials, the tense boundary between the paired images expresses global disparities in, and exploitation of, resources—as well as a chasm between the ideal and the real.

📷Raccord #5, Mine à ciel ouvert noyée de Banfora from the Kolwezi series, 2011
Digital inkjet print on Baryta paper
80cm x 231.18cm / 31 ½” x 91”

📷Portrait #1, Cité de Kapata, Creuseur artisanal à l'intérieur de sa tente en bâche from the Kolwezi series, 2011
Digital inkjet print on Baryta paper
80 x 120.45 cm

📷Vue cité de Kawama from the Kolwezi series, 2011
Digital inkjet print on Baryta paper
80 x 120.45 cm

📷Portrait #3, Cité de Kapata, Creuseur artisanal à l'intérieur de sa tente en bâche from the Kolwezi series, 2011
Digital inkjet print on Baryta paper
Measurement: 80 x 120.45 cm

Sneak peak @Printed Matters Virtual Art Book Fair, Feb 24-28, of Phyllis Galembo’s beautiful new book “SODO” coming out ...
02/25/2021

Sneak peak @Printed Matters Virtual Art Book Fair, Feb 24-28, of Phyllis Galembo’s beautiful new book “SODO” coming out in April, published by Datz Press. 22.5 x 28.5 cm, 72pages, bookcloth Hard cover binding. There is also a a special edition of 30 that includes an original 8 x 10 inch print
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“To my amazement, when the film was processed, I saw the spirit reveal itself in remarkable ways.” _ Phyllis Gallembo
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In the heart of Haiti there is a sacred place called Sodo, meaning “waterfall” in French. It is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared there amongst the foliage of a palm tree, to a farmer in 1840; the pilgrimage to Sodo started with new spiritual meaning and syncretic energy fusing with with local religions. This book is filled with images from that site taken by Phyllis Galembo between 1997 and 2001.

More details in April.

@phyllisgalembo #sodo #waterfall #photography #ritual #spirit #haiti @datzpress #printedmatter #printedmatter_artbookfairs #axisgallerynyartist #blackhistorymonth

SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 25 TO 28, 2021Kongo Astronauts will feature in "Kin-etelemi-telemi", a project focused on perfor...
02/24/2021

SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 25 TO 28, 2021

Kongo Astronauts will feature in "Kin-etelemi-telemi", a project focused on performative actions in Kinshasa, a reflection of the dynamism of this bustling city. An opportunity for multidisciplinary artists to display, in multiple public spaces, contemporary artistic practices that crystallize this city. Multiform plastic, performative expressions will engage in interaction with the population.

Kinshasa has been a focus for researchers whose external gaze frequently frames such activities in the pejorative context of urban chaos. These actions and performances seek to counter that view and point to the complexity of the functioning of such actions in the context of this urban political system.
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#KongoAstronauts #workinprogress #FarataCollectif #KinEtelemiTelemi #Rencontre #Art #Performance #Kinshasa #RDC #Kontempo #Contemporaryart #Event #Photography #video #InstallationInsitu #Work #Option #OyoProject #CollectifMind #LisangaBakoko #Laboratoiart #SadiCultureContemporain #2021 Michel Ekeba Eléonore Hellio

Dig into this Financial Times feature of Sue Williamson’s work ahead of her upcoming show "Testimony" opening 11 March 2...
02/22/2021
Artist Sue Williamson explores South Africa’s painful history

Dig into this Financial Times feature of Sue Williamson’s work ahead of her upcoming show "Testimony" opening 11 March 2021 Goodman Gallery, London. Text by: Hedley Twidle. Images: Jo Ractliffe.

For more than 40 years, she has been documenting and reflecting on life under apartheid and freedom

Thank you ÌMỌ̀ DÁRAfor conducting the illuminating survey on the state of the market for African art, traditional and co...
02/18/2021

Thank you ÌMỌ̀ DÁRAfor conducting the illuminating survey on the state of the market for African art, traditional and contemporary. These six images below illustrate the quote that critiques unoriginal work: “The contemporary scene is now flooded with mediocre portraiture and self-portraiture, narcissistic works turning on ‘identity’, formulaic flat-styled figurative painting and a lot of imitative work.” Read the full report and other great content here: https://www.imodara.com/.../2021-state-of-the-african.../

02/18/2021

Long overdue correction to what “national” means in the US museum world.

Beads from Venice, traveled across the Bering strait to Alaska, excavated from an Inuit site “Using mass spectrometry, t...
02/12/2021
Beads Found in Alaska May Be Earliest European Objects Discovered in North America

Beads from Venice, traveled across the Bering strait to Alaska, excavated from an Inuit site “Using mass spectrometry, they were able to carbon-date remnants of twine wound around metal bangles found near the beads. When the results came back from the lab, Kunz said, they “almost fell over backwards.”

“It came back saying (the plant was alive at) some time during the 1400s,”

The beads, located in three Indigenous sites in Alaska, date to the mid-to-late 15th century, prior to Columbus's landfall.

02/09/2021

Set aside some time this week to listen in to what promises to be another engaging dialogue.
Thursday February 11, 2021, at 5:30 p.m CET 12.30 pm EST
In the context of Centre Georges Pompidou’s Hors Pistes, & Anne Lafont’s “Afrotopes” Episode 4, a conversation with Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc and Sammy Baloji
Besides the occupation of land, the grabbing of human and non-human goods through the systematic collection of natural specimens, artefacts and individuals is a constancy of colonial conquest. This hunt comes in various forms, the resources and interweaving of which are best shown by the artists in the total colonial project.

Since 2005, Sammy Baloji has explored the memory and history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His work is an ongoing research on the cultural, architectural and industrial heritage of the Katanga region, as well as a questioning of the impact of Belgian colonization.
His critical look at contemporary societies serves as a warning to how cultural clichés continue to shape collective memories and thus allow social and political power games to continue to dictate human behavior.

Through a multifaceted approach that includes the activities of artist, researcher, curator and film programmer, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc seeks to explore areas neglected by colonial and post-colonial history.
The absence, the haunting and the representation of violence are all themes tackled in the work of the artist who proceeds by extraction and excavation, and works to reinscribe, in the collective history, personalities and past cultural materials. in silence.
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc is also a doctoral student in aesthetics, cinema and audiovisual sciences and technologies at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes – Saint-Denis since 2020.

https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en/horspistes2021/le-feuilleton-danne-lafont

Photo: Sammy Baloji @sophie.nuytten, 2018 Twenty Nine Studio & Production Centre Pompidou #sammybaloji

Set aside some time this week to listen in to what promise to be engaging dialogues. Thursday at noon EST — a seminar mo...
02/09/2021

Set aside some time this week to listen in to what promise to be engaging dialogues. Thursday at noon EST — a seminar moderated by the writer Lionel Manga, and Dominique Malaquais explores the creative process that Hervé Yamguen and Hervé Youmbi have embarked upon over the last ten years that has focused on expressing the cultural diversity of their surroundings in terms of their relationship with the world. Steeped in the culture of their environment, which is linked to the practice of rituals, their work as visual artists has led them to explore performance and installation art.
This projection of photos and videos of their work provides the opportunity to explore their respective imaginary worlds that are in constant contact with both the local and global environment, classical and contemporary approaches and both political and spiritual themes. Hervé Youmbi Hervé Yamguen Dominique Malaquais Cité internationale des arts
More details here:
https://www.citedesartsparis.net/programmation/dialogues-afriques-6-du-rituel-a-lart-de-la-performance-et-a-lart-de-linstallation?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=Eflyer_Dialogues_Afriques_6&utm_medium=email

Set aside some time this week to listen in to what promises to be engaging dialogues. Wednesday, 1pm EST Gideon Mendel &...
02/09/2021

Set aside some time this week to listen in to what promises to be engaging dialogues. Wednesday, 1pm EST Gideon Mendel & Mikhael Subotzky will be in a public discussion about their work and interconnected histories. The event will be live streamed as part of a series of talks by the One to One Children's Fund @onetoone_cf and the event will be introduced by Josh Ginsburg, Director of the A4 Arts Foundation. The event is open to all and you can reserve your place via the link in @gideonmendel bio, or (if you see this on Facebook) via this link: https://www.onetoonechildrensfund.org/events/mendel-subotzky

#mikhaelsubotzky #gideonmendel #onetoonechildrensfund

Memoria : récits d’une autre Histoire | Memoria: accounts from another history, opens February 5th @THE FRAC New-Aquitai...
02/04/2021

Memoria : récits d’une autre Histoire | Memoria: accounts from another history, opens February 5th @THE FRAC New-Aquitaine MÉCA
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Featuring @Gosette Lubondo
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Curated by Nadine Hounkpatin & Céline Seror, the exhibition concerns collective memory made up from a myriad of stories, intimate stories, questions and experiences scattered in our individual and personal memories. Revealed here through the works of artists whose work refers to the (re) construction of a common whole, a universal whole, which renews our look at contemporary creation from Africa and its diasporas.

As part of the Focus Women of the @Africa 2020 Season.

"When speech and memory are forgotten, killed, erased, or truncated, unveiling a counter-narrative, making plural stories coexist, and revealing the unspoken, then becomes crucial to the fourteen artists invited as part of the this exhibition. Their works stand out for their desire to move the boundaries of art, to "bring together elsewhere" and to show the diversity of our common individual and ultimately collective histories.

The selected works explore painting, textiles, sculpture, video and even performance. They make up a journey that echoes on the one hand a demystified reading of parts of history and commonly disclosed beliefs about the African continent, and on the other hand the ways in which the devices of imaginary stories are still in the making. work, particularly in the economic and resource redistribution fields. Through this multiplicity of mediums, the works deliver their essence and allow us to see artists with engaged practice, powerful in their narrative power, anchored in their fluctuating geographies and in their time.

By questioning our thinking mechanisms, the exhibition intends to open a discussion on our ability to renew our knowledge, to listen to different stories and to (re) question stereotypes and received ideas".

Featuring: #GosetteLubondo #MarySibande #EnamGbewonyo #OtobongNkanga #TuliMekondjo #GeorginaMaxim, #SellyRabyKane, #BouchraKhalili, #NaChainkuaReindorf #MyriamMihindou #WangechiMutu #DalilaDalléasBouzar #JosèfaNtjam #NdidiDike Saison Africa2020

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Editions Actes Sud.

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Opening this weekend in Houston featuring Sammy Baloji, FotoFest Biennial 2020, "AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES – Photography, Time, and the Other", curated by @Mark Sealy http://fotofest.org/biennial2020.
Hamba Kahle Santu. Too soon. 😢
Hamba Kahle Santu. Too soon.
Congratulations to those selected for this unique opportunity.