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A spotlight on African contemporary art through three of the movement’s iconic figures!

For over 20 years, imagespassages has been presenting international artists’ works that use animation at Annecy. This year, for the Festival’s anniversary and its tribute to Africa, the association is showing the exhibition Shadow or Reflection at the Sellerie du haras d'Annecy.  

This exhibition of contemporary art and moving images is anchored in our current times by its main thoughts and interrogations about various themes such as orality, storytelling, memory, imagination, movement and displacement. The common thread throughout this Africa2020 Season. The exhibition combines diverse artists’ works, differentiated by their approach as much as by their "origin" and their generation. Africa is the focal point of all their exhibits. The following three multimedia artists will be exhibited in a loop:

  • Shadow Procession by William Kentridge

This shadow theatre retells the legend of Platon’s allegory of the cave by presenting a procession of miners, symbolising the exodus of populations in different periods in History, and set to Alfred Makgalemele’s music. The work is made available by the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon.

About the artist: William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesbourg, South Africa, we he lives and works. He is one of contemporary art’s leading figures.

  • Crossings by Ezra Wube

This work uses digital animation and stop-motion to communicate about displacement in time and space, from a here and an elsewhere, of immigration, from Ethiopia to New York.

About the artist: Ezra Wube as born in 1980 in Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia and currently lives in New York. His works have been screened or installed at major events and museums worldwide. He also created the Addis Video Art Festival.

  • Mutumia by Phoebe Boswell (sous réserve de lieu adapté)

This interactive installation exhibits drawings of African women that the visitor triggers when walking into the exhibition space, in so doing, creating a journey through these women’s bodies, attitudes and faces. This work was presented at the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement at the MAMCO in Geneva.

About the artist: Phoebe Boswell is an artist born in 1982 in Nairobi, Kenya who currently lives in London. She is described as "a distinct voice, full of power and energy". She mainly explores film and contemporary art mediums.

In parallel with these works the Sellerie du haras d'Annecy will also be presenting an open-air screening of a short film made in 2020 as part of its upcoming closure:

  • Packing #6 le haras by Vincent BROQUAIRE

Created during the imagespassages’ residency, with support from la Ville d'Annecy, this work is part of the artist's creative approach, and he is already busy working on the web-series for the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

About the artist: Vincent Broquaire, born in 1986, lives and works in Strasbourg, when he is not busy "animating" major international institutions' projects.

See you between 19th May to 27th June 2021 at the Sellerie du haras d'Annecy.

Opening times:

  • Wednesday to Sunday, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and by appointment
  • Daily between 12th to 20th June, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Free access, limited to 20 people maximum at one time, adhering to the current mandatory health conditions.