Art & Culture

Also Known As Africa: Art & Design Fair

Following the confirmed success of its new dates, AKAA, the fair in France dedicated to the artistic scenes of Africa, its diasporas, and Afro-descendants, and one of the must-attend events during Paris Art Week in the fall, is returning for its eighth edition at the Carreau du Temple from October 19 to 22, 2023.

AKAA is excited to announce the participation of 39 international galleries, including the return of exhibitors such as Galerie Anne de Villepoix (France), This is Not a White Cube (Angola/Portugal), Backslash (France), Kalashnikovv Gallery (South Africa), and Nomad Gallery (Belgium). We are also pleased to announce the new participation of many galleries, including Primo Marella (Italy), Afronova (South Africa), Band of Vices (USA), Yosr Ben Ammar (Tunisia), MCC Gallery (Morocco), Oda Art Gallery (Nigeria), to name a few.

This new Parisian edition will showcase Afro-descendant artists from Brazil to the United States, not forgetting the Caribbean, particularly through artist invitations for the traditional monumental installation at the heart of the fair, the carte blanche of the AKAA Encounters, and the presentation of a selection of artists in the AKAA art book.

To accompany the ever richer and more innovative exhibition projects, AKAA has created “Les Rencontres,” a full-fledged cultural platform within the fair, where artists, curators, thinkers, art professionals, and visitors are invited to express themselves and engage in debates on issues related to the current state of artistic life and the art market in Africa and beyond its borders.

This year, Armelle Dakouo, artistic director, offers a cultural program that questions curatorial practice and the issues it defends, thus allowing for a critical reflection on the artist’s work while providing access to different types of exhibition spaces (private, galleries, institutions, foundations, etc.) and modes of expression. Curatorial practice contributes to the visibility of an artist, a scene, and/or an artistic community. It also gives it meaning and disrupts its impact, thus contributing lastingly to the artist’s career.

As AKAA prepares to announce international expansion, we look forward to seeing you again for this eighth edition of AKAA at the Carreau du Temple, celebrating contemporary scenes from Africa and its diasporas from October 19 to 22, 2023.


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