Beyond borders
La Galerie 38 Marrakech

“The borders do not define the beauty of a culture; they merely reflect the diversity that flourishes beyond their drawn lines.” – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

This quote by the Kenyan writer resonates deeply within the essence of this exhibition. “Beyond Borders” takes this idea as its starting point, exploring how African artistic creativity transcends borders, creating a common visual language that speaks to everyone, beyond differences. It is a true ode to African creativity that goes beyond geographical, political, and cultural constraints. The artists brought together for this exhibition bring their unique perspectives, challenging pre-established boundaries to share captivating and exploratory visual narratives. The exhibited works embody the diversity and uniqueness of African experiences and how they transcend physical and symbolic borders.

This collective exhibition is an artistic celebration of African diversity that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries. It seeks to surpass the borders defined on a map to explore the richness of contemporary artistic expressions from Africa. You will discover the works of artists such as Soly Cissé, Aliou Diack, Kendell Geers, Jems Koko Bi, Abdoulaye Konaté, Siriki Ky, Mohamed Lekleti, Adjaratou Ouédraogo, Fathiya Tahiri, and Barthélémy Toguo.

Each of these artists brings a unique contribution to the cultural and artistic mosaic of the continent. South African artist Kendell Geers, provocative and iconoclastic, transcends artistic boundaries, while Abdoulaye Konaté weaves unique visual narratives through monumental textile works. Siriki Ky’s sculptures explore the connection between tradition and modernity, while Barthélémy Toguo engages the viewer in a critical perspective on global issues. The exhibition offers an emotional journey through the powerful creations of Soly Cissé, the exploration of African identity through the expressive sculptures of Jems Koko Bi, and the poetic and multifaceted perspectives of daily scenes painted by Adjaratou Ouédraogo. Aliou Diack, a Senegalese artist, expresses himself through material experimentation, while Mohamed Lekleti offers an exploration of the invisible and the unspeakable through his drawings. Finally, Fathiya Tahiri, a Moroccan visual artist, offers her perspective on the universal and the particular.

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