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Visionary Africa, Brussels

GEO-graphics and the Visionary Africa festival at Bozar 

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2010 was an important year for the African continent: 17 African countries - among which the Democratic Republic of the Congo - celebrated the 50th anniversary of their independence. During the Visionary Africa festival, Bozar offered a very diverse program that reflected the vibrant and complex continent.
Sum was involved in the organization of GEO-graphics, the central exhibition of Visionary Africa. GEO-graphics was the result of an interesting collaboration between artistic director David Adjaye, curators Koyo Kouoh (RAW Material Company, Dakar) and Anne-Marie Bouttiaux (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren), Nicola Setari (Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels) and researcher Nana Oforiatta Ayim.

Together with David Adjaye, Sum worked intensively on the scenography of GEO-graphics, a map of art practices in Africa, past and present. GEO-graphics aimed at creating a dialogue between the incredible ethnographic collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa and private collectors on the one hand, and eight contemporary art centers on the other hand. The eight art centers are currently very active in Africa and GEO-graphics offered them a platform to present their work and artists. A remarkable tribune was placed in the Horta hall, the epicenter of Visionary Africa. Among other screenings, the tribune also hosted numerous football fans that cheered their team during the World Cup in South Africa.

Sum also worked with researcher Nana Oforiatta Ayim on the Atlas project. This research project looked into the history and development of cultural and art practices in Africa. It is a long-term research project and during Visionary Africa a first impression of the work was presented. This first research phase mainly focused on policy decisions, cultural institutes and practice.
The Atlas was the overarching project of the entire festival and absorbed the debates and reflections that arose around the festival. As a first sequel of Visionary Africa, the Atlas and an impression of the festival, were gathered in a movable pavilion that is currently travelling the African continent.

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client

BOZAR

concept

SumResearch

in collaboration with

Royal Museum for Central Africa,

Adjaye Associates,

RAW Material Company

date

2010

publications

- SumResearch, 'A Timeline of Cultural Policy Making', in: E. Battista and N. Setari ed., Visionary Africa: Art at Work. Une plateforme itinérante en Afrique, Brussels, 2010, pp. 56-61.

- D. Adjaye, A.-M. Bouttiaux and K. Kouoh, GEO-graphics, a map of art practices in Africa, past and present, Brussels, 2010.

- A. Mensah, 'GEO-graphics, une exposition visionnaire à Bruxelles', in: Africultures, 2010.







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