Virtual Art

Four African artists present their work in the video-pills posted here
Virtual art. Four African artists present their work on video-pills

Casa África will open its virtual doors with an exhibition of contemporary art, presenting the work of four African artists with a notable international background. These will be posted in the form of video-pills, published on our social network profiles. These constitute a good way to find out about the work and lives of Tchalé Figueira (Cape Verde), Myriam Mihindou (Gabon), Mamadou Gomis (Senegal) and Michèle Magema (DR Congo).

These four artists convey their work not only through emotions but also by messages which help us reflect on our existence, on social problems and life in general.

During the month of June, we will publish one video per week about each artist, finishing with one about all four of them. These videos will all be saved on our You Tube channel available on this link.

Tchalé Figueira was born in Mindelo on the Island of San Vicente. After years spent travelling, she set up base in Switzerland, where she began her artistic career and attended the School of Art and Design in Basilea from 1974 to 1985. When she returned to the island of San Vicente, she set up her studio, along with her sister, in the old family home near the port of Mindelo. As well as painting, she writes poetry and sings in a band. She has had exhibitions in France, Portugal, Spain, Angola, Senegal, the U.S.A and her home country, Cape Verde. [Watch video]

Michèle Magema was born in 1977 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). In 1984, she moved to France where she studied and obtained a diploma from the School of Arts in Cergy in 2002. She also has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Paris. Magema focuses her work on the areas of photography, installation art and video. Her main strengths lie in the last area which is ideal for free expression, notably in the poetry, social and political fields. She is the main character in her own videos. She also focuses on the permanent exchange between the culture of her home country of Congo and her adopted home of France. Her artistic work is closely linked to society and politics, but she is also interested in existentialism and anthropology. She obtained the Léopold Sédar Senghor Award at the Dakar biennial in 2004, with her double simultaneous projection video “Oyé-Oyé” which launched her on an international scale. Currently, her works are being exhibited in various places and contexts around the world. [Watch video]

Mamadou Gomis was born in Senegal in 1976 and is the chairman and founder of the African Federation of Photographic Art (AFPA), which has over 160 members, photographers from more than thirty different countries. Gomis is a professional photographer, researcher and consultant who often gives conferences, photography training courses or advanced courses in learning centres and universities both in Africa and all around the world. Furthermore, his photographs have been exhibited on an international scale: Dakar, Lagos, Accra, Addis Abbeba, Cape Town, Maputo, Washington DC, New York, Berlin, Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Paris, etc. He has illustrated some dozen books with his photographs and he is the commissioner for the project entitled "The Parliament of African Women", comprising more than thirteen photographers – including eight African women – from five different countries. Gomis works for several national and international newspapers, NGOs and international press agencies. [Watch video]

Myriam Mihindou is from Gabon, but she moved to France at the end of the 1980s, and went to the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, where she graduated in 1993. She suffers from aphasia, which led her to seek a means of expression as therapy. She first began to work as a sculptor and blacksmith. Shortly after the discovery of Land Art, the work of Joseph Beuys and Ana Mendieta encouraged her to explore elements closer to nature and to use organic materials (earth, water, sun, paraffin, kaolin, tea) as well as a series of rituals. Mihindou developed a multidisciplinary visual language, and also began working as a photographer in the fields of performance art, video, drawing and sculpting. A free spirit, she roamed from Gabon to Reunion Island, from Egypt to Morocco and her work reflects these different cultural and geographical aspects. Her work is very biographical in nature and her creative processes go deep into the sphere’s memory, identity, social, political and sexual identity. [Watch video]


To develop the Africa Vive activities, Casa África counts on the collaboration of the Cabildo de Tenerife and the support of AMAC(Association of African Women in Canarias) as well as the FAAC(Federation of Canary Island African Associations)

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