Contemporary African Art and its Caricature Exhibition - May 15 to June 3

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“Image of Social Criticism and its Caricature in Africa”
Contemporary African Art and its Caricature Exhibition
Yokohama City University, Icho no Yakata Gallery,
May 15 to June 3, 2013

In June, 2013, Yokohama will host the 5th Africa Summit or TICAD V. The heads of states and delegates across the African continent will share the very exclusive forum space and discuss development policy in Africa. Despite the facts from the popular view that interests into Africa and African people, have significantly grown in Japan, chances for us to know Africa and feel life of African people are still quite limited.

This exhibition has been planned primarily to show contemporary African visual arts in general but at the same time we intentionally focus social criticism and caricature in African art scene. We believe our theme reflects African people’s view and voice toward their everyday life, community, society, culture, politics and relations with rich countries.

We collected works of 6 artists from Senegal, West Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, East Africa and from Malawi, Southern Africa. The artists are very well reputed in the respective country and some are already internationally exposed. Nsubuga from Uganda for example, has been shown in Japan several times since 2004.

We hope you will see African people’s hope, anxiety, desire and other everyday feeling through this exhibition.

Eiichi Yoshida,
Associate Professor in African Studies
Yokohama City University,


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