AKAA, the main fair dedicated to artists from Africa and its diaspora in France, returns for its seventh edition with new dates, October 20 -23, 2022. This rendez-vous awaited by art lovers, will be held in conjunction with of a rich and dynamic cultural week, the place to be for the art world international community.
AKAA invites to discover 38 international galleries, with a cutting edge selection of artists, at the Carreau du Temple in the heart of Paris. Announced is the return of exhibitors such as Anne de Villepoix Gallery, France, October Gallery, UK, Claes Contemporary & Modern, Belgium or Gallery Véronique Rieffel, Ivory Coast, but also the new participation of many such as The Melrose Gallery, South Africa, Deepest Darkest, South Africa, Karim Francis Contemporary Art Gallery, Egypt, AKKA Project, UAE/Italy, Galerie Françoise Livinec, France, Kalashnikovv Gallery, South Africa, Walls House of Art, Ivory Coast, Soview Gallery, Ghana and Foreign Agent, Switzerland, to name a few.
Over the years, AKAA has remained true to its original vision, an invitation to discover artists who claim a link in their practice to the African continent. A contemporary look at these artistic scenes that goes beyond geographical borders, open to to dialogue, discovery and wonder without clichés or preconceptions. Thus, to accompany the artistic projects of its exhibitors, AKAA has created Les Rencontres, a cultural platform within the fair where artists, curators, thinkers, art professionals and visitors may express themselves and debate publicly. With a rich program of conferences, screenings, performances and readings, Les Rencontres AKAA invites each and everyone to reflect on questions related to current artistic issues and the art market in Africa. This year, Armelle Dakouo, Artistic Director, presents a cultural program that will explore themes inspired by the movement in art, because « it is movement that marks gesture, influences a current or determines an artistic practice and thought process. »