African Metropolis – An imaginary city

MAXXI, ROMA, ITALY, JUNE 22 – NOVEMBER 4, 2018

curated by Simon Njami with Elena Motisi

MAXXI is dedicating a major exhibition to the African continent: the project, realised in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will present the works of 34 artists reflecting on the on-going social and cultural transformations.

Through five chapters, the exhibition presents the complex structure of a metropolis in which the urban space is seen as a location for the coming together of diverse experiences in which tradition and contemporaneity dialogue.

The exhibition also features a commissioning project with the production of new site specific works and projects. The artists involved include: Bili Bidjocka, Meschac Gaba, Hassan Hajjaj, Youssef Limoud, Alex Mawimbi and James Webb.

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Heba Y. Amin, El Anatsui, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Abdulrazaq Awofeso,
Sammy Baloji, Bili Bidjocka, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Godfried Donkor,
Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny, Meschac Gaba, Lucas Gabriel, François-Xavier Gbré,
Simon Gush, Hassan Hajjaj, Nicholas Hlobo, Délio Jasse, Samson Kambalu,
Kiluanji Kia Henda, Adboulaye Konaté, Lamine Badian Kouyaté (Xuly.Bët),
Youssef Limoud, Onyis Martin, Lavar Munroe, Hassan Musa, Paul Onditi,
PEFURA, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Antoine Tempé, Andrew Tshabangu,
Sarah Waiswa, Ouattara Watts, James Webb, Amina Zoubir

 

African Metropolis. An imaginary city