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Amref Health Africa Artball, New York: Behind the scenes

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Nearly thirty artists from across the continent have already come on board by donating artworks for auction at the Amref Health Africa ArtBall to be held in New York on Wednesday the 8th of June 2016. The works have been donated to the #AmrefArtBall in order to help raise funds for Amref Health Africa’s innovative grassroot programmes that span across thirty-five countries and touch millions of people throughout sub-Saharan Africa every year. In this article curator Atim Annette Oton tells us about the curatorial framework for the event, and what we can expect to see.

 AA Newsletter May12 AmmreF1Solly Cissé, Monde Perdù, 2013. Mixed media on cardboard. 42x30cm.

« The selection I curated for the auction focuses on artwork that tells stories through the work of contemporary African artists from across the continent – including Egypt; Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Coast. The artists selected come from a range of age groups, working in a variety of mediums and styles. Ify Chiejina, for example, is an emerging Nigerian artist based here in New York. Inspired by old family photographs, her painted donation, Bu obere nwa / Was a Little Girl, focuses on Nigerian customs and family. Another emerging artist is Tahir Carl Kamal, a Kenyan photographer who is also currently based in New York. His series ‘Jua Kali,’ (meaning ‘hot sun’ in Kiswahili) depicts portraits with computer parts and other recycled objects from the informal sector, exploring notions around Africa as a place of innovation and imagination. »

Another artist selected for the Amref Health Africa Artball is Nowinde Vivien Sawadogo (Burkina Faso), who photographs portraits of the elderly, portraying everyday people and life. Sawadogo’s work was selected for the 10th edition of Bamako Encounters: African Biennal of Photography in Mali. Dr. Massimiliano del Ninno, a patron of the event and owner of Kyo Noir Studio in Viterbo, Italy, has played a key part in donating artwork and uniting the generous artists who have also donated several pieces of art for the show, including the work of the deceased Tanzanian artist George Lilanga, considered an African master and the Picasso of Africa. Lilanga’s abstract work speaks of the Makonde culture, merging painting and sculpture to tell stories. 

AA Newsletter May12 AmmreF3George Lilanga, title on the back, 2000. Acrylic on masonite. 60×60 cm.

Dr Massimiliano del Ninno also played an integral part in encouraging artists to donate.

“Amref Health Africa is making a real impact on the lives of thousands of communities across Africa,” Dr. del Ninno says. “When I was approached with the opportunity to give to such a unique event, I wanted to do my best and unite others from across the continent to give as well. I am incredibly lucky to have the work of Mederic Turay, for example, an Ivorian painter based in Morocco, whose work deals with urbanity and social issues such as racism, war and homophobia. His work mixes his cultural roots in Ivory Coast with his Washington D.C. childhood.” I’ve also donated some works from my private collection: works of the great Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Senegal abstract expressionist Soly Cissé,  and Esther Mahlangu of the Ndebele tribe of South Africa.”

Another commission, orchestrated by Atim Annette Oton, is Paa Joe, a Ghanaian sculptor who creates elaborate coffins, blurring the lines between fine art and traditional craft. Paa Joe’s coffins are born from traditional Ghanian burial practices and Oton commissioned his work specifically to create a miniature piece for Amref Health Africa, honouring health care workers who worked selflessly during the fight against Ebola.

AA Newsletter May12 AmmreF2Mederic Turay, Untitled, 2016. Mixed media glitter and coffee on canvas 190×130 cm. All images courtesy of Amref Health Africa.

“These artists hold special love for their country, shared their wealth with their people, and created schools of painting as George Lilanga in Tanzania and Esther Mahlangu in South Africa. All of these artists’ artwork has given worldwide exposure to contemporary African Art. I am convinced that this auction will contribute significantly to support Amref Health Africa’s work and highlight the great potential of African art in the contemporary world,” Dr. del Ninno says.

Amref Health Africa’s ArtBall will honour Wangechi Mutu with the Rees Humanitarian Award for her work celebrating and empowering African communities.

“It’s amazing to see how many artists have united for this cause,” says Bob Kelty, Executive Director for Amref Health Africa in the USA. “A very special thank you to all of the artists for their generosity, to Wangechi Mutu and to our patrons. Our Amref Health Africa ArtBall would certainly not be possible without their support and we’re looking forward to hosting an amazing event that represents the diversity of contemporary African art, right here in New York City.”

About: Mederic Turay

DSCF6950 - Copie - Copie Mederic Turay African Painter, , and Sculptor Movements: Artphomanism ( Traces) Born: September 28, 1979 - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire “Truth is the perception of which man presents ideas of its time… Finding traces and proof of our true existence is an Art.” Biography Childhood Toure Mohamed Mederic Oumar Winceslas “Mederic Turay” was born into a diverse family. His father was a Colonel of the Ivory Coast’s Military, and he show to be rebellion in the family not wanting to follow the same path: his mother university graduate and work a long career as an executive secretary in Abidjan. At a young age of 4, Mederic father was transferred to Washington D.C where he landed in a brave new world. Admiring art at an early age of 7, his love for cartoons, trips to the museums, and art exhibitions attended by his parents gave him all the inspiration he needed. At the age of 12, he replicated Vicent Van Gogh – The Prison, and adopted a love for fine art. .Early Training Mederic returned to Ivory Coast in 1994 at 15 years of age, and immediately enrolled at the CTAA (Centre Techniques de Art Appliquée) instead of local high school. Fortunately, his access to foreign education and knowledge of world and Arts, Mederic was top his class and was accepted to INSAAC ABIDJAN (Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle) where he quickly started to make his name for himself in the local art scene. This was his introduction to a cultural avant-garde, in which young artists were encouraged to express themselves. In 1997 after wining Best Young Artist, SIFCOM Group, his confidence and desire to share his art with the world began. Artistic Philosophy Mederic’s artistic style expresses an idea of “Artphomanism”. Love for life, and constant search for the truth of our existence, history, discoveries, and unknown human evolution. He identifies realism and captures/identifies our human intervention in nature’s coarse of life. The fundamental philosophy of Humans needing to leave “Traces” of content, objects, technologies and marks on the planet and cavitations as it progresses. Which make our actions, progress, and retrogressions as a species of complex individual, groups and kin’s living in a world of coincidences. This philosophy gives inspirations to transcend human expression which he labels as “Art”. Title/ Last Dinner with my Father/size 200x150/year/2018 Art Technique Lover of neo-Expressionism and Picasso's cubist compositions, Francis Bacon tortured souls, or , tribal Art from Africa , he creates his style "Traces", which is rooted in an existential relationship with the world in which everyone can identify. Combining different materials, Mederic builds, cuts, accumulates, composes, with energy and spontaneity. Group Show 2015: Abidjan ArtFestival ( AAA) Fondation Donwahi/Ivory Coast 2015: N2N Gallery Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates 2015: Six Artists, One Africa Chelsea Gallery, London 2015: Galerie Zandi, Berlin-Germany 2014: Selection by “Saatchi Gallery”, London 2015: Africa plural,Gallery Out of Africa, Barcelona 2014: Jack Bell, Gallery Art prize, London 2011: Arkadi, Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan 2011: City of Hall, Abidjan 2011: ART from Africa, Guishard solution-Washington DC 2009: Sifcom,Abidjan 2017: Street Art Project Musee Murcia Barcelone Solo Show 2018; Hotel Movempick Marrakech Morocco 2018; African Dandy O.O.A . Barcelone 2017; African Dreamer gallerie 38 Casablanca Morocco 2016: Collaboration with Donwahi Foundation and Abidjan Airport for the VIP Salon 2015: Unlimited Morocco. BCK Gallery Marrakech 2015: Afric’Art is Beautiful, Cherkaoui Foundation, Tangier 2014: Liberation unmasked, Gallery Sulger Buel Lovell, London. 2014: Traces of Humanity, Gallery Out of Africa , Barcelona 2013: Centre Culturel Français , Abidjan 2012: Art and integration in Africa with Sea Plaza, Dakar 2010: Je viens de là , Cergy-Pontoise 2009: La Croix Rouge, Abidjan 2006: Hotel Sofitel « Miroir », Abidjan 2001: Galerie Art pluriel , Abidjan 1999: L’Enfance, Embassy of Italy, Abidjan 1999: Art Gallery “Art’Essence“, Côte d’Ivoire Art Fair & Auction, Mural 2017: ARTX Lagos Nigeria 2017: AKAA Paris Fance 2017: A.M.R.E.F Auction New York USA 2017: Street Art Project Museum Murcia Barcelone 2017: Mural Museum Mohamed 6 Morroco 2017: Rabat Afrique en capital Morroco 2017: commissioned work for Nike and Chelsea soccer Team London 2017: commissioned Tramway, Morroco 2017: commissioned train wagon ONCF 2016: Marrakech biennale Morroco 2016:A.M.R.E.F Auction New York 2016: International Contemporary Art Fair lyon /Art3F France 2015: International Contemporary Art Fair Mulhouse/Art3F France 2015: International Contemporary Art Fair Paris/Art3F 2015: International Contemporary Art Fair Bordeaux/Art3F France 2015: International Contemporary Art Fair Nice /Art3F France 2018 ; Auction sale Christies and Saatchi London 2017: ARTX Lagos Nigeria Art Fair commissioned jersey for Nike and chelsea soccer team london 2014 : Commissioned Mural Barcelona-Sitges 2013 : Auction Sales “ Fondation Eboué Emanuel “, Ivory Coast 2013 : Auction sales for the “Fondation Didier Drogba” 2013 : Auction sales “ONG grand coeur Yaya Touré 2013 : Auction sales “Save the Children” in collaboration with Moët & Chandon Education ATELIER INTERNATIONAL, Abidjan, Ivory Coast Paris, France 2005 ACADEMIE DES BEAUX ARTS, INSAAC Abidjan, Ivory Coast 2003 Centre Technique des Arts Appliqués de Bingerville (CTAA) 1999 CENTRE TECHNIQUE DES ARTS APPLIQUES BERGINVILLE - Abidjan, Ivory Coast 2001 Residency 2017: residence galerie 38 casablanca 2015: residence Villa de France Tanger 2015:Residency in Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan 2015: Residency in Caravan Serai, Marrakech 2015: Residency in Matisse room, Tangier villa de france Collectors Saatchi London Ethan Cohen, New YorK "Collections", S.M. King Mohamed VI Morroco Cécilia Sarkozy France Richard Attias France Didier Drogba Foundation Fondation Donwahi cote divoire German Collection Private Spanish Collection Kyo noir italy dubai private collection Museum Moahemd 6 Morroco Museum Murcia Spain Espagne Fondation Banque Populaire Morroco AMREF New York USA Turay Info and Contact Home page : Facebook :Mederic Turay Artist Instagram :Mederic Turay Twitter ; Turay mederic Email/ phone/ 00212 656330713 / 00212 524055940

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