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  • 31.03.2017: Emeka Okereke, Panelist at 'Inhabiting The Borders', Paris Art Fair 2017

    This day of encounters and talks entitled 'Inhabiting the Border' is part of the fair's programme linked to Africa*. Open to one and all, ‘Inhabiting the Border’, is based on an idea by Marie-Ann Yemsi. It aims to foster meetings and exchanges with the key players and cultural producers who are committed to promoting contemporary artists from the African continent and the diaspora. Comprising 4 round tables, it brings together artists, exhibition curators, institutional representatives, collectors and thinkers, all of whom are working in various ways to reflect upon, construct and elaborate different outlooks and new perspectives on the contemporary artistic production of the African continent. Organised by Art Paris Art Fair with the support of the Institut Français, this conference day is hosted by La Colonie, an independent space for free thinkers that was founded by artist Kader Attia. 

    Emeka Okereke will be speaking in the following panels:

    10am - 11:30am: Contemporary African art… to what end? 
    The visibility and recognition of contemporary African artists is on the rise, with the artists themselves taking an active role, as well as being the witnesses of this evolution. Their wish is that this affiliation with the African continent, which is often a complex one, no longer just comes down to an ‘original’ and simplistic identity, one that is instrumentalized to boot. What is the place of these artists in the art world today and in the future? 
    Moderator : Simon Njami, Philosopher, Writer, Exhibitions Curator 
    Speakers: 
    Joël Andrianomearisoa, Artist 
    Emo de Medeiros, Artist 
    Katia Kameli, Artist 
    Myriam Mihindou, Artist 
    Emeka Okereke, Artist, Writer, Founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Borders - The trans-African Project.

    4:45pm - 6:15pm: Inhabiting borders: what are the ‘geo-aesthetic’ perspectives? 

    How can one endeavour to change the focus of ideas and imagination in order to find another way of inhabiting borders? According to Edouard Glissant, one of the functions of writing is to ensure that there is a coming together of those places where the world is envisaged. Guest authors, thinkers and culture professionals explore crucial aesthetic and ethical domains and, in so doing, find themselves at the heart of current debate on the meaning of art and culture and their potential in terms of changing imagination and knowledge. What is the current state of play? What remains to be done and what challenges await in the near future? 


    Moderator : Dominique Malaquais, Art historian and Political scientist, Researcher at the Center for African World Studies (IMAF / CNRS) 
    Speakers: 
    Nadia Yala KisukidiPhilosopher, Conference Lecturer and Programme Director at the International College of Philosophy 
    Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Filmmaker, Author and Film Producer 
    Emeka Okereke, Artist, Writer, Founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Borders - The Trans-African Project.

    * This first sentence has been modified from its original version as published on the website of the Paris Art Fair, to exclude the term "Africa Guest of Honour" as used by the organisers of the Fair. Emeka Okereke has made it clear from the onset that this notion of Africa being a "Guest of Honour" in a Paris Art Fair is highly problematic. This invariably informed his decision to be part of the talks at La Colonie, which although organised by the Art Fair, happens outside its central premises. Here, Okereke hopes for a platform and setting where productive conversations can be had amongst key players and audience sensitive to Africa's place and relationship with the rest of the world, and to further converse the agency of Africans in moving the notion of 'Africa'  forward beyond narratives or positionings of otherness and limiting definitions.  

    To see the full program information as published by the Art Fair, click here