The Artistic Committee met on March 4th 2020 in Paris

100 contemporary artists from all over the African continent have been invited to participate in the ASAP project. The Artistic Committee chaired by Jean-Philippe Aka and composed of Gaël Faye, Keziah Jones and Melissa Goba met on Wednesday 4 March 2020. Each of the members of the Artistic Committee had taken ownership of the project prior to this day in order to define together precise selection criteria such as the originality of the artistic proposal, its visual impact or the way it looks at the African continent.

 

The projects’ contemporaneity seemed to be paramount for the members of the Committee. In fact, the artist Gaël Faye announced that he was above all looking for “an original representation of what Africa can offer today“, while Keziah Jones, singer-songwriter, hoped to study artistic proposals that “seeks to the modern”. The artist and curator Mélissa Goba, present in videoconference from South Africa during the Artistic Committee, praised the richness of the artistic dossiers, notably because they allowed “to look at the future of the African continent“.

The history of the African continent in space is not new, the ASAP project is part of a long-term historical dimension, as Keziah Jones pointed out when mentioning the “Zambian space program“. Initiated by Professor Edward Makuka Nkoloso, this program was born in Zambia in 1964. Its ambition was to follow in the footsteps of the United States and Russia in the race to conquer space. The Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) should also be mentioned as it had embarked on a German-Zairian space adventure in 1975. The history of the African continent in space is not new; the artists participating in the ASAP project continue it.

Jean-Philippe AKA, president of the Artistic Committee, concluded the day by underlining the importance of this cultural project for the 54 countries of the continent. In his words, the Committee had just spent a day in the heart of “Africa today and tomorrow“.

Three laureate artists were chosen by the Artistic Committee, they will submit their projects to the ASAP Jury on April 23rd 2020. The names of the artists will soon be revealed…

Suspension temporaire des activités d'AAD sur le terrain

Comme vous le savez la propagation du Coronavirus s’étend au monde entier. Après l’Asie, l’Europe et le continent américain, le continent africain voit arriver l’épidémie de Covid19 avec une très grande inquiétude compte tenu des infrastructures sanitaires limitées dont il dispose dans certains pays.

Toute les équipes d’AAD souhaitent apporter leur soutien chaleureux aux artistes, professionnels, partenaires et volontaires engagés dans nos projets partout en Afrique.

Nous avons préventivement pris la décision de suspendre temporairement toutes nos activités sur le terrain afin de participer à la sécurité de toutes et tous et d’essayer de freiner la propagation du virus sur le continent.

On le sait aujourd’hui, la rapidité de mise en œuvre des mesures de protection des personnes à une échelle collective, est critique dans la lutte future contre l’impact de ce virus.

En ces temps de confinement, vous pouvez retrouver certains de nos projets et rester en contact sur: 

La page facebook d’African Space Art Project 

Le site AAD 

Le compte instagram AAD

La page facebook AAD

Surtout prenez soin de vous et de vos proches.

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