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Dokolo art collection future in question

The assets of Congolese art collector Sindika Dokolo who is renown for years of repatriation of African artefacts from Western collections have been frozen together with his wife’s fortune. Isabel dos Santos, often referred to as ‘richest African businesswoman‘, the billionaire daughter of the country’s former president, and her husband are facing trail for failing to repay to Angola an amount of $1bn in state loans claimed to be borrowed during her father’s term in office. (Image above: Bozar, Brussels).

The incumbent Angola’s president, Joao Lourenço, who took office in 2017, is attempting to recover the state loans he insists Dos Santos borrowed, abusing her proximity to power, and failed to repay during her father’s term in office.

Dos Santos personal fortune estimated by Forbes at $2.2bn, runs a vast business empire with large stakes in Angola companies across multiple sectors such as banking, telecoms and supermarkets.

Sindika Dokolo  has been devoted to search and repatriation of  precious artefacts which had left the continent during the colonial era to enter the European and US collections.

Dokolo is also a major collector of contemporary African art owning more than 3,000 masterpieces from different origins, and periods, including significant pieces of contemporary artists.

This contemporary art collection, which is administered by the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, is based in the Luanda, according to its website, although some artefacts may be stored abroad, including Dokolo‘s native Congo. At present there is no information about future destiny of the collection.

 

Kendell Geers ventures African mask philosophy

South African conceptual artist Kendell Geers presents African masks in unconventional way to evoke re-evaluation of cultural heritage of the continent, shifting from outdated perception of  “fetish” to artefact, and further to reading the profound philosophical meaning of the ritual objects.

Concluding the exhibition IncarNations (BOZAR, Brussels)  debates took place on contemporary vision of African cultural heritage, and imminent need to shift away from the Colonial era patterns of exoticism to genuine understanding of meaning of African culture. Passionate proponent of African art,  Kendell Geers calls for abandoning Eurocentric system of assessment of cultural heritage, and regarding historic artefacts with African eyes.

Kendell Geers presentations of African masterpieces stretches beyond Africa, pointing to their universal spiritual strength, fearlessly confronting the most sensitive issues of Colonial past, and problems of the present dialogues between East, West and Africa to ensure transformations leading to engagements, empowering Africans, and reconstructing their rich cultural heritage.

The artist reflects upon dramatic history of colonisation of Africa, suggesting “negative” overpowers “positive” in synergy of two continents, until Europeans keep their prejudices and fantasies, and desires rooted in the bygone era.

 

The exhibition IncarNations created by the artist Kendell Geers in co-operation with the Congolese art collector Sindika Dokolo has challenged a traditional outlook on African culture, proposing Afrocentric perspective. It took place in Brussels Art Centre BOZAR from 

 

 

Incarnations: Afrocentric cultural view

IncarNations African Art as Philosophy exhibition crosses the African continent, following former slave trade, and migration routes in search of essence of African art. Artist Kendell Geers has selected the artifacts from vast collection of Sindika Dokolo, establishing an Afrocentric point of view, discovering new angles in infinitely rich African cultural heritage.

DSCN9468[1]However the exhibition is much more than the appreciation of the African art collection. It open a floor to a profound debate on intercultural communication, inviting public to enter polemics over traditional view on the artifacts from the once upon a time “Dark Continent“, fascinating Europeans by its mysteries, and savageries. passions and sacrifices.

A conversation between artist and curator Kendell Geers and author of publication “African Art and Philosophy” Souleymane Bachir Diagne, philosopher, professor, and director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University, will take place on October 4, 2019 in BOZAR, Brussels.

DSCN9473[1]“Something we Africans got” is presentation and discussion with editor Anna-Alix Koffi, devoting the latest issue of the quarterly magazine to the Congolese contemporary art landscape, and exchanges with Sindika Dokolo, Didier Claes, Chris Dercon, and George Senga. The event takes place in BOZAR, Brussels on October 5. 2019. Magazine launch SWAG, issue #8

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ARTISTS TALK: “An Afro-centric Idea of Art” the conversation with contemporary artists participating in the exhibition IncarNations: Kendell Geers, Otobong Nkanga, Barthelemy Toguo, Lisa Brice and others. Moderated by Osei Bonsu. The debate will take place of October 5, 2019 in BOZAR, Brussels.

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Restitution of artifacts debate, launched by BOZAR in a series of muti-stakeholders talks on the main challenges and considerations concerning the issue of the restitution of objects from Western museums back to African continent, intended to cover the whole range of problems from different point of view, including opinions of museums, international organisations, academics, private collectors, legal experts, artists, and activists. The event takes place in BOZAR, Brussels on October 11, 2019.

DSCN9484[1]Meanwhile there are also summer 45 minutes summer tours, focusing on a few exhibition highlights: O4, 11 & 18.07, 22&29.08

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Guided lunch tours focusing on exhibition highlights: O6, 13, 20, 27.09 & 04.10 More info on the site http://www.bozar.be

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IncarNations: Kendell Geers in Bozar

IncarNations is an exhibition created by the South African artist Kendell Geers in dialogue with the Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo. A fascinating initiative that reflects the diversity of the African artistic heritage, from an Afrocentric point of view and including the itineraries of slaves, colonialism and independence movements.

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“Ethnographic museums are a negation of art because they prevent the objects on display from really looking at us. Because ethnography is constituted, at its colonial origins, as a science of what is radically other, it is in its nature to fabricate strangeness, otherness, separateness“, the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne writes.

Taken from Sindika Dokolo‘s impressive collection, the works of African artists enter into dialogue with those of the diaspora while contemporary works will be displayed alongside classical works.

Incarnations looks at African art as a living philosophical practice.

Works by Sammy Baloji, William Kentridge, Tracey Rose, Wangechi Mutu, Otobong Nkanga, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ana Mendieta, Kehinde Wiley, Andres Serrano, Aida Muluneh, Mwangi Hutter, Hank Willis Thomas, Tracey Rose, Adrian Piper, Lubaina Himid, Roger Ballen, Zanele Muholi, Phyllis Galembo and many others.

LOCATION:

BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts @BOZARBrussels

Guided Tours on request

Info: +32 2 507 83 36 – groups@bozar.be