If there’s one sector that’s buzzing at the moment in Abidjan, it’s contemporary art – so much so that some friends of mine have just started a hashtag dedicated to the scene –
#ArtBidjan. During my few days in Abidjan, there was a lot to see, with new exhibitions at the Rotunde in Plateau and at galleries in Cocody, including an entirely new gallery, Basquiat run by Ivorian artist Jacob Bleu.
On Thursday afternoon/evening (17 July) you could have caught the expo of top Ivorian artists at Cecile Fakhoury, at 6pm watched the film avant-premiere of 21 at the Maison des Architects, which is about 20 metres away, and then travelled to either the Donwahi, less than 1km away for a talk by Ivorian-Lebanese photographer Moustafa Cheaiteli, (and where there’s also a great display including new work by Joana Choumali), or travelled to the INSAAC for a William Tell play, or even (from memory), writer Veronique Tadjo at the Institut Goethe. All of this is roughly in a 1km radius in old Cocody.
Hopefully the new hashtag should help us all keep track.