African culture: the appointments in November 2021

Chéri CHÉRIN (DRC): “Another generation will be reborn from these ashes”, 2010. Lot 34 from the African contemporary art sale of November 16, 2021 organized by Artcurial.

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In digital or face-to-face form, where will the flagship meetings of African culture take place in November?

Here are sixteen proposals in France, Nigeria, Senegal ... And do not hesitate to send us your "essentials" to the address


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On November 3, our favorite of the Mostra 2020,

Burning Casablanca-Zanka Contact

, will be released in theaters in France


It is the love story between two survivors, a story written and directed by another survivor, the Moroccan filmmaker Ismaël El Iraki.

His novel has become the phenomenon of the literary re-entry in France.

Senegalese writer Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, 31, will he be chosen among the four finalists to become the 2021 winner of the Goncourt prize?

His book

The Most Secret Memory of Men

, published by Philippe Rey editions, tells the story of a character of a cursed writer.

Answer on November 4 at 1 p.m.

In Nigeria, Art X Lagos is billed as West Africa's premier international art fair, designed to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary and modern art from Africa and beyond. From November 4 to 7 on site and from November 4 to 21 online, the fair presents, among others,

Future Africa

, two solo shows by David Alabo and Adéọlá Ọlágúnjú evoking the future of the continent and the needs to realize its great visions. The Tiwani contemporary gallery presents an exhibition by artist Miranda Forrester who explores the queer gaze of black women and makes visible the invisibility of black women in the history of Western art. 

From November 9 to 24, the Unesco General Conference will be held in Paris, where several important decisions also for Africa are expected in the fields of cultural policy and heritage protection.  

On November 10, the “ 

return to the fold

 ” of 26 works from the Musée du Quai Branly in Benin will take place.

The day before, the transfer of ownership of these emblematic works for the restitution policy in France will be officially validated by the French and Benin presidents.

Ablade GLOVER (Ghana): “Market colors” (1997).

Lot 4 of the contemporary African art sale of November 16, 2021 organized by Artcurial.

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From November 10, starts at the Maison de la photographie européenne (MEP) in Paris the first retrospective of the Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso who currently lives between France and Nigeria.

The exhibition traces a career spanning almost 50 years and brings together more than 300 prints, including his famous series combining photography, self-portrait and performance.

On the occasion of Paris Photo, the largest international art fair dedicated to photography, the Magnin-A gallery will present at the Grand Palais Éphémère the new works of the



by Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop.

From November 12 to 14, AKAA, a fair dedicated to promoting the artistic scenes of Africa and its diasporas, returns to the Carreau du Temple, in Paris. Unmissable event for collectors, professionals and amateurs of contemporary art, in 2021, Also Known As Africa brings together during this “ 

edition of resilience

 ” 34 galleries and a hundred artists from Africa and the four corners of the world.

The Franco-Arab Film Festival of Noisy-le-Sec offers us from November 12 to 23 an artistic and cinematographic immersion in the Arab world with about fifty screenings with films from 17 countries, including

A story of love and desire

of Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia) and


, of Omar El Zohairy (Egypt) or


, of Ismaël Ferrouhki (France, Morocco).

The Artcurial auction house is offering on November 16 an event around contemporary African art.

On the program, among others, works by artists from the Dakar School and the Hangar School, but also works by historical artists like the Congolese Bodys Isek Kingelez or pieces by young artists like

White Ropes, White Lenses

(2019), by Ugandan Godwin Champs Namuyimba.

Mwenze KIBWANGA (1925-1999) (Congo): “The civil war between Lulua and Balula”.

Lot 15 from the contemporary African art sale of November 16, 2021 organized by Artcurial.

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From November 18 to December 3, the Jean Rouch International Festival will first take place at the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum with around thirty documentaries screened, including


, by Marie-France Collard (Belgium).

The festival will continue, among other places, at Inalco (Paris) around the theme

Au fil du Niger, portraits d'un rivière

, with 27 films from the Comparative views section, from November 22 to 25.

The Festival des 3 Continents takes place from November 19 to 28 in Nantes, but also online.

The 43rd edition offers 80 feature films, often unreleased, from Latin America, Asia and Africa, often unreleased films, but also classics such as

Life on Earth

, by Abderrahmane Sissako.

Arts of Islam - a past for a present is

called an event of unprecedented ambition and scale.

28 exhibitions in 18 cities in France show between November 20, 2021 and April 27, 2022 the wealth of French collections concerning the arts of Islam, a good part of which concerns the African continent.

Love, etc.

, after the exhibition at the Bargouin museum in Clermont-Ferrand in France, the 5th edition of the International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE) sets its suitcases in Dakar, Senegal, from November 23 to 28.

Beyond the collective exhibition at the Museum of Black Civilizations in the Senegalese capital, the Dakar edition offers a large number of installations, artistic laboratories, meetings and screenings of short films.

Ubuntu thought and philosophy, a term derived from the Bantu languages ​​of southern Africa, are at the center of the

Ubuntu, a lucid dream


, presented from November 26 at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris. According to the philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne, the key question is to "

 make humanity together and humanize the world

 ". It is about investing " 

a space still infrequented by our imaginations and our knowledge


From November 26 to 28, the Dakar Grand Carnival invites

400 artists

under the title

Tales and Legends of Senegal and elsewhere

and expects 30,000 visitors.

The second edition of this popular cultural event aims to be " 

a platform for expression and enhancement of the diversity of traditional and modern cultural heritage, Senegalese and African."


Houston MALUDI (DRC): “African Street” (2021).

Lot 90 from the African contemporary art sale of November 16, 2021 organized by Artcurial.

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