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African Amicitiae - group exhibition

Project Spaces Arti et Amicitiae

Rokin 112
1012LB Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6245134

Open Tue - Sun / 12-18 hrs

Exhibition 13 Nov — 2 Feb

Opening 13 Nov, 17:30 hrs


Image: James Iroha Uchechukwu

African Amicitiae is a retrospective of 25 years of residencies for African artists at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam. A unique foundation, solely and selflessly run by artists and art lovers for more than 25 years. The foundation offers African artists an Award in the form of a three-months residency in Amsterdam. African Amicitiae presents a versatile series of artistically high-quality works of art from the collection of the Thami Mnyele Foundation. The presentation of a choice of this for many hidden collection is a striking event. With African Amicitiae, the artists pass on over a quarter of a century of ideas, aspects of art and cultural context - multi-layered yet highly personal. The exhibition displays many personal artistic visions, art without boundaries.

Over the years, many ‘Thami Mnyele’ artists have been shown at international platforms, such as the Documenta, Kassel, biennales and outstanding museums all over the world. The recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town includes work of former residents.

The artists: Nisren Abasher Ahmed (SD), Dineo Seshee Bopape (ZA), Clifford Charles (ZA), Victor Ekpuk (ZA), Hassan & Husain Essop (ZA), Hadia Gana (LY), Assefa Gebrekidan (ET), Ruan Hoffmann (ZA), Samson Kambalu (MW), Admire Kamudzengerere (ZW), Sandra Kriel (ZA), Atta Kwami & Pamela Clarkson (GH/GB), Moshekwa Langa (ZA), Zanele Muholi (ZA), Mongezi Ncaphayi (ZA), Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi (ZA), Odili Donald Odita (NG), Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul (SD), Rehab El Sadek (EG), Simangaliso Sibiya (ZA), Nkosana Dominic Tshabangu (ZA), Michael Tsegaye (ET), James-Iroha Uchechukwu (NG), Dominique Zinkpè (BJ).

My Collection

In addition to being a visual artist, Harald Schole has been curator of the exhibition series My Collection in the Arti et Amicitiae society in Amsterdam since 2014. With these exhibitions, Harald Schole aims to make public the often quirky and particular collections of artists and members of Arti. Art collectors are people with a passion. Art works collected in various ways: with the sharp eye of the collector, purchased, exchanged, and received as a gift.

Since the start, Pauline Burmann, chairperson of the Thami Mnyele Foundation has been engaged in building bridges between different cultures with a commitment that compels admiration. Over the years artists have donated a work of art to the foundation. Burmann is a member of Arti et Amicitiae. The exhibition confirms the importance of residencies and of Amsterdam as a cultural hub.

The exhibition in Arti et Amicitiae and the publication (NL/ENG) bearing the same title, were initiated, organised and set up with my partner, Edith Rijnja, curator & author with considerable knowledge of art, artists and artists' initiatives from the African continent. In 2017, she was curator of Hold ... on! Buddha Enlightened, Art & World Peace, an international sculpture park on peace in Bodh Gaya, India. She organised several art collaborations in Africa including Unité in Benin with Meschac Gaba (2014). She was coordinator of the RAIN Artists' Initiatives Network), a network of artists' initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America by former residents of the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.

Publication, ENG/NL, 60 pages, € 10,- design by Joseph Plateau Grafisch Ontwerpers.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 17:00 Pauline Burmann ‘The wealth of Contemporary Art on the African Continent’

Friday, January 19, 2018: Discussion with African Artists (in residence at Thami Mnyele Foundation) participating in exhibition in KAdE Amersfoort ‘Tell Freedom, 15 young South-African Artists’, Time will follow.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 17:00 Rosalie van Deursen ‘Taboo-breaking Contemporary African Artists’

Van Deursen is art historian specialised in Contemporary African Art.


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