The AfriKin Art Fair 2022 in Miami will present work by Angele Etoundi Essamba. Opening with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, November 30th and closing on Sunday, December 4th. Hours from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Maison AfriKin, 318 NE 80th Terrace., Miami, FL 33138.
AfriKin Art 2022 features a solid line-up of international artists, creatives, performers and scholars whose works are being presented within the framework of concepts surrounding the 1968 novel, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, by Ayi Kwei Armah. The novel explores how its protagonist maintained his integrity amid the darkness of compromise and corruption and his observation of how individuals, families and communities failed to denounce the greed and corruption that was tagged as genetically African when faced with similar tests. AfriKin Art 2022 rereads the novel in exploring contemporary issues that beset the global world in general in consideration of Africa and the African Diaspora in particular.
AfriKin Art 2022: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born has a line struck through the “Not Yet” in its title to highlight the ones who are indeed born and the genuineness and power of these creatives and innovators. Though often unrecognized, the “Beautyful Ones” are present — here and now and are influencing what is next. The artists assembled in this exhibition have defied the disadvantages of otherness and are making art history.
Exhibiting artists include : Doba Afolabi – Nigeria / Greg Bailey – Jamaica / Turgo Bastien – Haiti / KimaniBedford – Jamaica / Aisha Tandiwe Bell – USA / John Campbell – Jamaica / George Camille – Seychelles / Maximo Camineiro – Dominican Republic / Camille Chedda – Jamaica / Katrina Coombs – Jamaica / Viyé Diba – Senegal /Philippe Dodard – Haiti / Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy – Cuba / George Edozie – Nigeria / Angéle Essamba Etoundi- Cameroon, Netherlands / Yrneh Gabon – Jamaica / Joaquin Gonzalez – Spain / Bayunga Kalieuka – Congo / Saddi Khali – USA / Siriki Ky – Burkina Faso / Peter Wayne Lewis – Jamaica, USA / Jude Papaloko Thegenus – Haiti /Obinna Makata – Nigeria / Bryan McFarlane – USA / Ricardo Lion Molina – Cuba / Mosera – Sint Maarten / Christina Nicola – USA / Johnson Obidi – Nigeria / Rita Obidi – Nigeria / Adonis Parker – USA / Omari Ra -Jamaica / Oneika Russell – Jamaica / Carlos Salas – Colombia / Beverly Sealey – Trinidad / SHENEQUA – USA / Musah Swallah – Ghana / Phillip Thomas – Jamaica / Barthélémy Toguo – Cameroon
The collection of artworks for AfriKin Art 2022 edition, expresses a foundational and fundamental discourse that activates transformational possibilities. This milestone enables the process of redefining “beauty” and assigning greater value to “community”. The “Beautyful Ones” are present and are reshaping landscapes in order to promote a more cohesive and refreshed global society. These “Ones” facilitate the process of finding completeness, stability and strength. AfriKin Art 2022 has been designed to reverberate with those focused on more harmonious ways of living and who are willing to learn how to assist others. In acknowledgement of the fact that we live in an interdependent world, AfriKin has been working as a conduit to connect Continental Africa and the Diaspora to
show that what we have in common is far greater than what is perceived as separating us. AfriKin creates strategic partnerships and sustainable collaborations within its area of expertise — cultural industry.
AfriKin has great things in store for South Florida and beyond. AfriKin Art’s five days of ancillary programming include artist talks, book readings and signings, panel discussions, performance art and a stellar exhibition featuring works by some of the world’s most gifted visual artists. AfriKin Art 2022 will place Miami as a center for art and culture and generate widespread publicity. All guests and visitors to Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week 2022 are invited to experience this monumental expression of Black art and culture in Miami.
Angèle Etoundi Essamba was born in Cameroon, educated in France and she graduated from the Photo Academy of Amsterdam where she lives. She is today one of the most acclaimed African woman photographer of her generation. Since her first exhibition in 1985 in Amsterdam, her work has continued to be exhibited in museums, institutions, art fairs, biennials and galleries in Africa, Europe, the United States, Latin America, Arab Emirates and Asia.
Essamba’s work lies at the intersection of the social/gender and the artistic field. She uses her photography to bring her message across in a creative way. Her varied background and various travels and exhibitions have not only profoundly shaped her eye, but also mede her outlook to be equally aesthetic, idealistic, realistic and societal. Therefore, she joins the spirit of humanistic photography with a strong attachment to the values of communion.
Women constitute the main subject of her artistic expression. She is a committed artist involved in a reflection on the identity of the African woman. She records in an aesthetic way a vision on the African woman and the African culture, giving a new interpretation of the contemporary Africa. In her work, she challenges and breaks with stereotypical representations of women, instead she chooses to give her subjects meaning and greatness. Keywords for Essamba’s work are: pride, strength and awareness.
Essamba’s photographs have also been commented in various publications among which: Passion 1989, Contrasts 1995, Symboles 1999, Noirs 2001, La Métamorphose du sublime 2003, Dialogues 2006, Voiles & Dévoilements 2008, Africa rising 2010, I- dentity – Eye-dentity 2010, As it is 2010, Africa see you, see me 2011, Desvelos 2011, Black & Red beyond color 2012, Women of the water, 2013, Invisible, African women in action, 2015, strength & pride 2016, Daughters of life, 2018. Her work is also part of several public and private collections.