VENUE: AKKA Project Venezia
AKKA Project is pleased to present “I Have a Dream”, a group exhibition dedicated to artists from the African Continent.
The exhibition is part of ArtNight Venezia 2021, dedicated to the 1600 years of Venice and the anniversary of the 700 years since Dante’s death.
“I Have a Dream” aims to investigate the concept and the meaning of Dreams with its different facets and shades:
The dream for Lizette Cherrime from Mozambique who plays with textiles and abstraction and gives life and materiality to her fears and dreams. Presented at the show is a work entitled ”The Africa Dream”, a big tapestry where the patchwork that forms figures gives the space to her personal dream to find and meet the African one, the dream for a better and a more peaceful future with no more blood.
Julius Agbaje, Nigerian artist that emphasizes the problems of our modern quotidianity, between masks and social networks with pop brushstrokes and bright colors. Bodies without heads or faces that underline the artist’s desire, his dream for a world that finds back its humanity.
And again Ethiopian artist Workneh Bezu who often draws angelic figures in his paintings, in a mix between dream and reality, capable of bringing the viewer’s mind into a luminous dimension.
“These abstract forms evoke the human body and my identity-responsive practice where I refashion my self-image and transcend a painful upbringing that left me shattered and broken. I literally ‘re-stitched’ myself together. These liberated ‘souls’ are depicted ‘dancing’ on the canvas, bringing to mind, well-dressed African women celebrating”
Lizette Chirrime was born in 1973 in Angoche (Nampula), Mozambique and grew up in Maputo. She currently lives and works in Mozambique.
She creates large-scale textile-driven works on canvas with abstract forms rendered in a collage of printed fabrics from Tshwe-tshwe to other so-called African prints associated with dresses on the continent. The interplay between textiles, abstraction, and art as a therapeutic and spiritual tool, make Chirrime’s art unique and distinctively African.
Workneh Bezu Kassa was born in 1978 in Ethiopia and currently lives and works in Addis Ababa.
Workneh experiments with different art forms such as paintings, sculptures, graphics, and video works. Later on, the artist has shifted his attention from circles to female figures. The artist creates artworks that feature mothers and children, their emotional connection and that represent an array of human emotions such as sadness, happiness, frustrations, and many more.
Rodrigo Mabunda was born in 1985 in Mozambique where he still currently lives and works.
Initially, Rodrigo used to draw on paper but when he found a computer box, he picked it up and transformed it. From that day on, packaging became his preferred medium. He gives a second life to those objects that most of us would consider simple waste. Rodrigo recovers and revives these forgotten objects through his vibrant and powerful creativity and transforms them into art. He’s inspired by the chaotic movement of the city of Maputo and tells stories through his original illustrations.
Tania Babb was born in Zimbabwe in 1967 and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Tania’s work analyzes people and their relationships — to each other, to themselves and to other important things or moments in their lives. Tania likes to capture fleeting moments in clay, where a gesture reveals the depth and nature of these relationships.
Ronex Ahimbisibwe was born in Rucence, Uganda in 1977 and currently works and lives in Kampala.
Ronex artworks embody his joy, frustration, inspiration, and his perception of tangible objects. The artworks include paintings, sculptures, woodcut prints, digital art and photography, furniture, and mixed-media installations.
Reinata was born in 1945 in Homba, Cape Delgado Province, Mozambique.
Reinata is considered one of the most important female artists on the African continent. The artist has received numerous awards and her works are represented in various institutions such as the National Museum of Mozambique, the Museum of Ethnology of Lisbon, the United Nations headquarters in New York, and the Modern Art collection of Culturgest, in addition to numerous private collections around the world.
Julius Agbaje was born in 1992 in Nigeria.
Julius’s works take on specific issues of personal, socio-political and religious inclination. In an attempt to create engaging conversations, he infuses elements of humour as well as symbolic references as metaphors to reel in his audience, while addressing issues which he finds interesting or important, making his works satirical and educative
Dennis Muraguri was born in 1980 in Naivasha, Kenya and currently lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dennis is a multidisciplinary artist who works with a variety of mediums such as printmaking, sculpture, video and installation in varying combinations. Muraguri has been gaining recognition for his imagery of matatus – privately owned vans and minibuses that are the main public transportation in Kenya – and the culture that has developed around them in his work.
Lincoln Mwangi was born in 1996 in Nairobi, Kenya where he still currently lives and works.
Through various mediums and techniques, the artist recalls encounters of daily reality, presenting these manifestations as figurative forms and portraits, exploring themes such as identity, death, choices, relationships, feelings and fear in his practice; Mwangi represents his figures with wet cloth over the heads, suggesting struggle and uncertainty.
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, also known as Cheik Nadro was born in 1923 in Ivory Coast.
He created hundreds of small drawings that depict many different subjects, mostly drawn from local folklore or describing his visions. The drawings are part of a larger body of work, World Knowledge.
Bouabré also created a 448-letter, universal Bété syllabary, which he used to transcribe the oral tradition of his people, the Bétés. His visual language is portrayed on some 1,000 small cards using ballpoint pens and crayons, with symbolic imagery surrounded by text, each carrying a unique divinatory message and comments on life and history.