Artistic Director of the AAD, Jean-Michel Champault adds: ‘As the exhibition travels to one of Africa’s economic capitals, the time has come for the artists of the African continent and their art to gain recognition as major drivers of change and development.’
Standard Bank has a long history of supporting the arts, be it through the continued involvement in awards and festivals such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards, or the National Arts Festival. The gallery also commits itself to promoting, celebrating and providing education around contemporary African art. Partnering with AAD and hosting Lumières d’Afriques at the Standard Bank Gallery presents yet another opportunity to support contemporary African art.
‘It is a great honour for our African Artists for Development organisation and the 54 African artists promoting the universal right to energy access, to be hosted at the Standard Bank Gallery, a venue, in our opinion, which is iconic and a home for African modern and contemporary creations,’ says Leridon.
Standard Bank Gallery’s proximity to what is often referred to as the Central Business District of Johannesburg, adds Dr Mdluli, lends a further element of engagement and insight into the possibilities and complexities of a contemporary African city and its various artists.
Lumières d’Afriques runs from 21 February to 9 April 2020 at the Standard Bank Gallery. The Standard Bank Gallery – located on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets in central Johannesburg – offers free, safe undercover parking on the corner of Harrison and Frederick streets. Gallery hours: Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 16:30, and Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00. Closed on Sundays. Entrance to the exhibition is free.
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