In 2022, an Ariane 5 launcher will orbit a new EUMETSAT geostationary weather satellite over Africa to monitor climate and weather changes on the African continent. ASAP wants to show the strategic importance for the African people of such a launch. This satellite and the data it will provide for the continent represent a unique challenge. ASAP’s objective is to decorate the Ariane 5 nose cone with a contemporary African work of art, a historic flag of the power of contemporary African creation that is at the service of the continent’s future.
After a call for applications from hundreds of artists across the continent, 51 applications were received, the artistic committee (Jean-Philippe AKA, Gaël Faye, Keziah Jones and Melissa Goba) selected 3 artists who presented their projects to the ASAP jury in Paris on November 27.
The finalists are : Michel Ekeba (DRC), Géraldine Tobé (DRC) and Jean-David Nkot (Cameroon).
After deliberation, the jury unanimously decided to celebrate the union of all Africa by proposing to the three artists to realize together a unique work of art that will testify to the collective power of the continent.
During a two-month creative residency in Ouidah, Benin, The three artists created one artwork that will reach space in 2022.
On April 8, 2022, as part of the 1-54 African contemporary art fair in Paris,
The three ASAP programme finalists presented their projects on 27 November 2021 in Paris, France,
100 contemporary artists from all over the African continent have been invited to participate in
AAD and EUMETSAT announce their partnership and the ASAP program at Abidjan forum on September 24th of 2018
On September 24th of 2018, the partnership between African Artists for Development (AAD) and EUMETSAT