A conversation featuring Rahima Gambo, Marie-Ann Yemsi, Felipe Arturo & Siddartha Mitter

May 7, 2020 – 4 pm (Morocco)

Language: English

In the context of our MACAAL Friends At Home series, we’re pleased to invite you to our 2nd Zoom webinar with artists Rahima Gambo, Felipe Arturo and Marie-Ann Yemsi, curator of MACAAL’s ongoing exhibition HAVE YOU SEEN A HORIZON LATELY?.

Moderated by New York Times collaborator and independent contemporary art writer Siddhartha Mitter, the discussion will examine how the exhibition HAVE YOU SEEN A HORIZON LATELY? was a bit of a premonition, in the light of the global crisis currently affecting us all. They will explore the role of the artists and curators in time of crisis. How do they respond to it? How do they see the future?

About Rahima Gambo

Rahima Gambo has developed a polymorphous body of work (drawing, photography and video) with the intention to reconsider the methods and limitations of photo-journalism, by constructing new narrative processes by means of freer and more interactive visual formats. Poetic, fragile, sensitive, ephemeral and spiritual, the works of Rahima Gambo beckon us to enter a profound reflection upon nature, time, body, being, and fate.

Rahima Gambo studied social science, political science, economy and gender studies before pursuing a degree in journalism at Columbia University. In 2014, she received a grant from the Magnum Foundation to pursue research in New York. She turned from photo-journalism to experiment with other media such as video, installation and drawing, and her work has earned several awards and nominations: LensCulture Emerging Talents (2016); Word Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent (2018); FOAM Talent (2020). The artist has participated in international exhibitions including: Diaspora at Home, CCA Lagos (2018); Streams of Consciousness – Bamako Encounters (2017 and 2019); Beyond the Image, Bertien van Manen and Friends, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2020).

About Felipe Arturo

Felipe Arturo studied both art and architecture, and completed his training in the studio of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, known for her in situ installations and interventions in the public space. This experience proved significant, motivating him to develop memory devices to explore the natural and cultural processes of assimilation and hybridisation, issued from the history of colonialism. At the intersection of urbanism, architecture and visual art, the multidisciplinary body of work (installation, sculpture, video) that he has developed is an unexpected and poetic association of modern forms and materials with artisanal techniques and natural materials.

Felipe Arturo studied architecture at Universidad de Los Andes (Uniandes) in Bogota, then completed an MFA at Columbia University in New York. His creations have been presented in international art events, including: The Happiness of Objects, SculptureCenter, New York (2007); Now, Transformation Spaces, Casa del Lago de Ciudad, Mexico (2009); Beyond the Supersquare, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2014). The artist has also held solo exhibitions in many international art fairs: Arco Madrid (2011); Art Basel Miami Beach (2012); ArtBo Bogota (2013); FIAC, Paris (2017).

About Marie-Ann Yemsi

Marie-Ann Yemsi is an independent curator and art consultant. In 2005, she founded her own Parisbased agency, Agent Créatif(s), which has developed a renowned expertise in cultural production and art consulting with a focus on emerging artists and artistic scenes in Africa and its Diaspora.

She has curated several international exhibitions, including African Odysseys, Brass Cultural Center, Brussels (2015), The Days that Comes, Galerie des Galeries, Paris (2017) and A Silent Lines, Lives Here, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018). She was the Artistic Director of Afrotopia, the 1th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako – African Biennale of Photography in Mali (2017–2018). She is the guest curator of the Palais de Tokyo for Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream, a collective exhibition which will be presented from June 18 to September 13, 2020.

About Siddartha Mitter

Siddartha Mitter is an independent writer and freelance journalist. He’s mainly working on contemporary art, urban politics and urban histories and has a 20 years experience following West Africa. Currently collaborating with the New York Times, his work has also appeared in other reknowned publications such as The Village Voice, Artforum, The Guardian and The New Yorker.

Siddartha Mitter lives and works in New York.