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Prête-Moi Ton Rêve: A Traveling Dream

Foundation pour le Développement de la Culture Contemporaine Africaine organised Africa’s first traveling exhibition to encourage pan-African collaboration.

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“Prête-Moi Ton Rêve” is the first traveling contemporary African art exhibition in history. It is the first major event organized by the Foundation pour le Développement de la Culture Contemporaine Africaine (FDCCA), which was founded in January 2019. The show presents some thirty world famous African artists, opening on June 18th and will visit 6 countries across the continent.

FDCCA is comprised of cultural entrepreneurs, artists and contemporary art enthusiasts from all over Africa. The organization’s main goal is to rally different key players who are active in the continent’s art ecosystem. This as a means of supporting the art scene dynamic and encouraging pan-African cultural collaboration.

“Prête-Moi Ton Rêve” starts in Casablanca and will run for twelve months, during which time it will visit 6 major African cities: Dakar, Abidjan, Lagos, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, and Marrakech, rather like a cultural caravan representing contemporary African art. Presentation in Casablanca, 15 April 2019

The show presents work from world-famous African artists who are generally more well known in the West than in their country of origin. Amongst them are El Anatsui, William Kentridge, Chéri Samba, Barthélémy Toguo, Ouattara Watts and Abdoulaye Konaté.

Moreover, the main exhibition invites the general public to discover more than 100 previously unseen creations produced by the artists in residencies especially for the event, as well as other works on loan from artists and galleries. In each of the 6 cities visited, the exhibition has chosen to pay homage to a local artist in recognition of their work, for example, in Casablanca, “Prête-Moi Ton Rêve” will honor the works of Farid Belkahia. Another highlight of the exhibition is the “Carte blanche” section, an exhibition devoted to local artists, led by a young resident curator. To add to this, the exhibition will host round tables dedicated to specific themes related to contemporary artistic creation.

All images by F. Maazouz

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