Let’s talk about art!

In March 2021, we, Rosalie van Deursen (art historian and founder of Urban Africans) and Loes Kuijpers (museologist and founder of Taxi Bamako and Moogo) launched ‘Let’s Talk About Art!’, an online art laboratory for young emerging and socially critical artists from Mali and Senegal.

As big fans of Africa and contemporary art in Africa, we have come to realize that the often non-existent cultural infrastructure and lack of social support on the African continent is a huge challenge for visual artists. Our ambition is to give more visibility to contemporary art in Africa. So that the artists and their work receive the attention they deserve locally, regionally and internationally.

Art lab in full swing!

‘Let’s talk about art!’ is an art lab where artists learn to reflect and investigate together in different ways. For 9 months, 9 selected artists participated in the online program which consists of lectures alternating with workshops. With Loes Kuijpers and Rosalie van Deursen as mentors and a wide range of guest teachers from the African continent and the Diaspora. The emphasis is on stimulating a curious and critical attitude, which calls for self-reflection.

During the program we offered an artistic and theoretical basis combined with practical work. In addition, we have paid a lot of attention to preparation for professional practice, writing about the work, self-presentation, relationships with clients and collectors, so that an infrastructure is created so that the artist can sell his work.

The result is there: two magnificent exhibitions in Mali and the Netherlands! So … ‘Let’s talk about art!’

Exhibition in Bussum, The Netherlands:

Exhibition ‘Let’s Talk About Art!’ in The House of Dialogue in Bussum, The Netherlands.

Please note: In addition to the works of the artists who have participated in our art laboratory, we have expanded the exhibition in Bussum (The Netherlands) with art from a number of other society critical contemporary artists of the African continent.

Exhibition ‘Let’s Talk About Art!’ in The House of Dialogue in Bussum, The Netherlands.

We are Monique and Erik, 2 of our ambassadors, very grateful for their invitation to exhibit the artworks in ‘The House of Dialogue’ in Bussum. A beautiful workspace in an old chocolate factory. A place that fits perfectly with our project where it is also about connecting, communication and exchange of thoughts.

Visit the exhibition:

When: From February 19 to July 3, 2022
Where: House of Dialogue, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 11, Bussum

Opening Saturday, February 19: 13:30 to 17:00
Finissage Sunday 3 July: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Artists: Kine Aw, Kh Bamba, Barkinado Bocoum, Ange Dakouo, Dioman, El Bachir Diouf, Pamela Enyonu, John Kamicha, Abdoulaye Armin Kane, Yaye Habibatou Keita, Amy Celestina Ndione, Piniang, Diakaridia Sangaré, Ephrem, Solomon Thukugegn, Daouda Traore, Diakaridia Traore, Moussa Traore.

Every month we organize a lecture in Bussum, including an online meet & greet with an artist.

When: Wednesday March 16, April 6, May 11 and June 29 from 19:30 to 21:00. Price: €12.50

Please register for the opening/finissage and a visit to the exhibition and lectures: info@houseofdialogue.nl or call 035 – 720 00 05.

The exhibition is open on Sunday March 27, April 10, May 1, May 15 and June 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Would you like to know more about the art works? Please send an email to: rosalie@urbanafricans.com

Some impressions of the exposition in Bamako, Mali, November 2021:

Exhibition Let’s Talk About Art! in Bamako, Mali. November 2021
Exhibition Let’s Talk About Art! in Bamako, Mali. November 2021
Exhibition Let’s Talk About Art! in Bamako, Mali. November 2021
Exhibition Let’s Talk About Art! in Bamako, Mali. November 2021
Exhibition Let’s Talk About Art! in Bamako, Mali. November 2021

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