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Panel discussion on the current state of contemporary art in Africa, led by the French art critic Dagara Dakin and artist Aimé Ntakiyica, on the occasion of Bamako Encounters: Pan-African Photography (9th edition), presented by BOZAR at Tour & Taxis.

This panel discussion will reveal the realities and issues at stake in the contemporary art world in Africa via the experiences of curators and artists active on the continent. Simon Njami and National Museum of Mali director Samuel Sidibé will share their analyses of the current state of contemporary art in Africa, in particular the status of artists, the art market, art structures and audiences, and the impact of initiatives such as the Bamako Encounters. Laura Sérani will talk about her experience directing the 9th edition of the Bamako Encounters, whereas Raphael Chikukwa (Zimbabwe) and Léo Lefort (Ethiopia) will present their recent experience in the creation of exhibits in Africa. Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Kiripi Katembo (DRC), and Léon Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) will offer their perspectives as artists in this discussion.

Invitees will address the Bamako biennial’s future, threatened not only by a dependence on France, but also by the country’s political situation.