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Egyptian artist Youssef Limoud to exhibit in Rio

He will be one of 20 artists featured in contemporary art show Ex Africa. An installation by Limoud will be on show at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil starting January 20.

São Paulo – Artwork by the Egyptian artist Youseef Limoud, who won the Dakar Biennale Grand Prize last year, will be featured in Ex Africa, an exhibit opening on January 20 at Rio de Janeiro’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB). The show will comprise 80 pieces by 20 contemporary artists hailing from eight African countries, with curation from Germany’s Alfons Hug.

Gunnar Meier

Installation by Limoud: bits and pieces

Limoud’s installation was created from bits and pieces picked up from rubble in different cities across Brazil, in a symbolic representation of devastation in African and South American metropolises. “It’s an architecture of the impossible, straddling order and chaos, structure and ruin,” the curator told ANBA via email.

Alfons Hug learned of Youssef Limoud’s work at the Dakar Biennale. Limoud lives in Basel, Switzerland and Cairo, Egypt. He is also a writer, and covers topics including the arts, poetry and history. The holder of a degree from Cairo’s College of Fine Arts, Limoud exhibits his work both locally and internationally.

He will sit in a panel on art production and the Brazil-Africa connection on January 22 at the CCBB, with Hug as the moderator and also featured Brazilian artist Arjan Martins. Limoud will discuss his work in Brazil and the world.

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil said Ex Africa will be the biggest contemporary African art ever in the country. It will feature 18 African and two Afro-Brazilian artists – Arjan Martins and Dalton Paula. Artworks were selected on the basis of quality and relevance in terms of contemporary discourse, according to Hug.

Featured African artists are Leonce Raphale Agbodjelou, of Benin; Kudzanai Ciurai, of Zimbabwe; Ndidi Dike, Jelili Atiku, J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere, Karo Akpokiere, Abdulrazaq Awofeso and Adé Bantu, of Nigeria; Ibrahim Mahama, of Ghana; Omar Victor Diop, of Senegal; Nástio Mosquito Kiluanji, Binelde Hurcan and Kia Henda, of Angola; Andrew Tshabangu, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim and Mohau Modisakeng, of South Africa.

The show features photographs, paintings, sculptures, performances, videos and installations, including a mammoth-sized one by Mahama. Artworks fall into four sections – Echoes of History, Bodies and Portraits, the Urban Drama and Musical Explosions. Their intersections reveal a continent under continuous creative and artistic renewal, according to the curator.

CCBB had one of its biggest-ever turnouts with the 2003 exhibit Arte da África (Art from Africa). “The show happens at a time when African heritage is in the spotlight again, especially so in Rio de Janeiro,” says Hug, mentioning the recente excavations at the old slave market in Cais do Valongo and the discovery of cemetery Cemitério dos Pretos Novos and city square Pedra do Sal, in Rio’s old town and near the CCBB.

“Modern Africa is experiencing the compression of time like no other continent. It has barely turned 50, and it’s just a little older than the average age of its current population. At the same time, it hasn’t completely embraced industrialization. In fact, much of economic activity remains barter-based,” says Hug. According to the curator, art production is thriving noticeably in urban centers. “Africa is the last continent to join this universe. It is now part of the global art scene, with all the pros and cons that this entails.”

The show is free of charge and will be open until March 26, 2018, with sponsorship from Banco do Brasil and support from BB DTVM.

Quick facts

Ex Africa – contemporary African art exhibition
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro – Rio de Janeiro
January 20 to March 26, 2018
Wednesday to Monday, 9am to 9pm
Find out more: www.bb.com.br/cultura
Free admission

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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