ART PARIS

Art Paris Art Fair with Africa as the Guest of Honour

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Taking part in Art Paris Art Fair 2017 with Africa as a guest of honour, Collectionair is pleased to present the work of Gonçalo Mabunda, Malala Andrialavidrazana and Martina Bacigalupo.

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MALALA ANDRIALAVIDRAZANA

Malala Andrialavidrazana (b. 1971, Madagascar) lives and works in Paris, France. Influenced by her formal architectural training, Andrialavidrazana uses the photographic medium to explore the crossing universes and boundaries of nature and culture. Social changes and spatial structures in a globalized world are at the heart of her artistic reflections; by examining in-between spaces, she proposes an open frame where borders do not exist. 
Her work has been shown world including at Fondation Donwahi, Ivory Coast (2016), Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography, Mali  (2005/2015), Théâtre National de Chaillot, France (2015), New Church Museum, South Africa (2014), La Maison Rouge, France (2014), SUD Triennial, Cameroon (2013), Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal/France (2013), SAVVY, Germany (2013), Focus Mumbai, India (2013), Biennale Bénin, Benin (2012), KZNSA, South Africa (2012), Tiwani, UK (2012), DIPE, China (2011), Pan African Festival, Algiers (2009), UCCA, China (2008), Centrale Electrique, Belgium (2007), Rencontres d’Arles, France (2007), Herzliya Museum, Israel (2007), Force de l’art, France (2006) and more.

 

GONÇALO MABUNDA

Gonçalo Mabunda is one of the most prominent Contemporary African artists. He's interested in the collective memory of his country, Mozambique, which has only recently emerged from a long and terrible civil war. He works with arms recovered in 1992 at the end of the sixteen-year conflict that divided the region.
In his sculpture, he gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols and other objects of destruction. While the masks could be said to draw on a local history of traditional African art, Mabunda's work takes on a striking Modernist edge akin to imagery by Braque and Picasso. The deactivated weapons of war carry strong political connotations, yet the beautiful objects he creates also convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.
Mabunda is most well known for his thrones. According to the artist, the thrones function as attributes of power, tribal symbols and traditional pieces of ethnic African art. They are without a doubt an ironic way of commenting on his childhood experience of violence and absurdity and the civil war in Mozambique that isolated his country for a long period.
Mabunda was selected by Okwui Enwezor to exhibit in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the prestigious Venice Biennale, entitled All the World's Futures. Mabunda's work has also been exhibited at Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Hayward Gallery, London, Pompidou, Paris, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg. 

 

MARTINA BACIGALUPO

Martina Bacigalupo was born in 1978 in Genoa, Italy. After being taught literature and philosophy in Italy, she studied photography at the London College of Communication.
In 2007 she moved to Burundi, East Africa, where she still works as a freelance photographer, often in collaboration with international NGOs (among others: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, Handicap International).
Her work has been published on the New York Times, Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Libération, Internazionale, and shown in several international venues (PARIS PHOTO 2013, UNSEEN, Amsterdam 2014, AIPAD new York 2014).
Martina won the Canon Female Photojournalist Award in 2010 and the Fnac Award for photographic creation in 2011.
She is member of AGENCE VU in Paris and is represented by Grimaldi Gavin Gallery in London.

 

EDEM ALLADO

In the work of Edem Allado, paintings, sculptures and installations are all mediums for the study of issues of order, disorder, and passage. Passages from one equilibrium state to another within the body, or not dance harmonious, with the body between each other. In describing the evolution of a microcosm in space, time and space-time, it is a vision of the world that it is, a look at the history and science suggest that both the scientist and the artist. The particle, the smallest element of this universe, replaces the quadrangle supprématiste, as the key to understanding a world, fictional or not, infinitely small or infinitely large, material or perhaps spiritual.