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AKAA 2023 Returns to Paris For its 8th Edition

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From October 17 to 27, 2023, Paris will host AKAA, the epitome of contemporary African art – Also Known As Africa. Now, in its eighth edition, it celebrates curatorial innovation and the diverse narratives that shape modern Africa. At AKAA 2023, the spotlight falls on curatorial practice within the art market. Curators and artists will unveil thought-provoking projects, installations, and critical pieces that challenge existing norms. They delve deep into the nuances of curatorial practices, opening windows into the artist’s mind while exploring varied exhibition spaces.

Saïdou Dicko, ROBE ROSE SUR TRONNE, 2023
Hand-painted (ink) on photography and digital collages without retouching. Archival Pigment Print on 325 g Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, 90 × 120 cm.
Image courtesy of Artsy.

Notable artists will be at the fair: Fahamu Pecou, Wole Lagunju, Kutlo Mabua, Theo Ouaki, and Mpho Pheni. These visionaries transcend boundaries, infusing their creations with voices that echo across the globe.

The galleries at AKAA 2023 are a testament to the international allure of African art. Ebony/Curated from Cape Town, 193 Gallery in Paris and Venice, and Afronova, with locations in New York and Johannesburg, are just some prominent galleries that will showcase awe-inspiring artworks. In addition, attendees can explore the vibrant offerings from galleries such as Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Galerie Loft, and LIS10 Gallery. Each space is a canvas of creativity, showcasing the dynamic interplay of culture and imagination.

Fahamu Pecou, End of Safety: Revelation, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 101 × 75 × 5 cm.
Image courtesy of Artsy.

For a unique experience, check out Gallery Soview in Accra, a Black and Women-Owned establishment that embodies empowerment through art. Explore the exquisite pieces at Perve Galeria in Lisbon and the revolutionary works at THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE, spanning Lisbon, Luanda, and London.

AKAA 2023 is not just an art fair; it’s a journey through the minds of exceptional artists and curators. As the days unfold, attendees will immerse themselves in a world where every brushstroke tells a story. Additionally, they will be treated to unique artworks and installations that spark a conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the convergence of talent, innovation, and creativity. AKAA 2023 promises an unforgettable experience, inviting you to explore the intricate tapestry of African artistry shaped by visionary curators and exceptional artists.


Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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