[Summer 2021] Works from series: Smith, Blur; Video: Walk on by Optica, un centre d’art contemporain, Montréal 16.02.2021 — 03.04.2021 By Érika Nimis After long months of forced restraint, what a pleasure it is to return to visiting visual arts venues in person! I tested out this pleasure by going to Optica to see Toronto […]
[Winter 2021] This article was originally published in French only. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Biennale de Berlin pour l’art contemporain Du 5 septembre au 1er novembre 2020 By Érika Nimis (En français seulement) See the magazine for the complete article and more images: Ciel […]
[Summer 2020] By Érika Nimis Interdisciplinary artist William Kentridge (born 1955 in Johannesburg) is internationally celebrated for his animated ﬁlms composed of charcoal drawings and as a director of live shows. Born into an activist family intimately involved with the anti-apartheid struggles of the 1980s, Kentridge works in media as varied as printmaking, sculpture, performance, […]
[Winter 2020] Par Erika Nimis [Excerpt] Dakar, a cosmopolitan capital city and crossroads on the Atlantic coast, open to all creative currents, has grown under the gaze of its photographers. An independent field of professional photography emerged in the 1990s, and the institution of the Mois de la Photo has contributed to legitimizing an increasingly […]
[Fall 2019] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Museum of the Revolution Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris Commissaire : Agnès Sire Du 26 février au 2 juin 2019 Par Érika Nimis (French only) [See the printed or digital version of […]
[Summer 2019] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montréal Commissaire : Michèle Thériault Du 17 novembre 2018 au 23 février 2019 By Érika Nimis (French only) [See the printed or digital version of the […]
[Winter 2019] By Érika Nimis [Excerpt] Every summer since 2010, Les Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie has literally pushed art photography into parks and forests and onto beaches, inviting visitors to a true treasure hunt along the legendary Route 132. During each edition, this photographic and human adventure is punctuated by a number […]
[Fall 2018] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page. Centre Pompidou, Paris Du 21 février au 13 mai 2018 Par Érika Nimis (French only) [See the printed or digital version of the magazine for the complete article. On sale here […]
February 21, 2018 [originally published in CV108 in Winter 2018] — In June 2017, Le Mois de la Photo de Montréal metamorphosed to the Biennale de l’image, taking on the name MOMENTA, plural of momentum, which means “impetus, energy, force, thrust, drive, impulse”1 and often denotes a favourable or propitious situation. Would the update to this international event devoted to the contemporary fixed and moving image be successful and yet provide continuity with the old formula?…
December 15, 2020 [originally published in CV107 in Fall 2017] — Three solo exhibitions (Katia Kameli, Délio Jasse, and Vasco Araújo) organized in London late in 2016 featured episodes from African and European history, particularly during the colonial period, in which the artists used “traces,” mainly photographic corpuses dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, updated via different media and devices.
December 16, 2019 [originally published in CV103 in Spring 2016] — The biennale in Bamako, Mali, came to an end on December 31, 2015. This anniversary edition – the tenth – had been delayed by two years due to a major crisis that occurred in 2012. Even a few weeks before the opening, there was still a climate of uncertainty, though it was quickly swept away by the invigorating enthusiasm of the organizing committee.
October 16, 2019 [originally published in CV102 in Winter 2016] — Lagos – Eko in the Yoruba language – is a typical megalopolis. With its some twenty million inhabitants, it is the economic and cultural heart and soul of Nigeria, which is the birthplace of Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for literature) and Fela Kuti (the father of Afrobeat) and the home of Nollywood (the third-largest movie industry in the world)….
July 31, 2019 [originally published in CV101 in Fall 2015] — Douala. Late January 2015. I take my first steps on the streets of this port city, the economic capital of Cameroon. Douala is a vibrant city that constantly eludes your grasp. First steps and already some reference points. We cannot speak of the contemporary scene in Douala without speaking of the art centres that form its identity.
August 14, 2017 [originally published in CV91 in Spring 2012] — A number of events (exhibitions, publications, and awards) have recently highlighted the growing success of South African photography on the international contemporary scene. Since the abolition of apartheid, and then the election of Nelson Mandela as president of the country in 1994, South Africa has become the spearhead of contemporary African photography, reinforced by a long and rich history that begins with the invention of photography itself, imported to Cape Town in the 1840s.1…