For her first solo show in France, Nathalie Boutté revisits the portraits of African-Americans from the photographic fund of Rufus W. Holsinger, a photographer that settled in Virginia in the USA in 1880. Her work cannot be dissociated from collage and photography and is situated in between these two media, between the creation and the fixation of the image. By looking closer, the eye gets lost in the intertwining of letters. The reconstituted image reveals itself gradually by stepping back from the work, while the eye gets familiar with the collage. She documents a period of time and plays with temporality; the past is a constant source of inspiration. Projected in our reality, the works assembled here can be a counter tale to the historical reality of segregation. In front of the objective of Rufus W. Holsinger, black and white people are equal. Under the fingers of Nathalie Boutté, their skin colour is no longer a constitutive element of their social position. Only their gaze and their presence among the feathering of paper strips dominate.
MAGNIN-A is an aesthetic and political project, engaged in the promotion of contemporary African artists. As an independent curator since 1958, André Magnin began his research on contemporary art in Subsaharan Africa in 1986 for the historical exhibition he co-curated: Magiciens de la terre (presented in 1989 at the Centre Pompidou and la Grande Halle de la Villette). He then constituted the C.A.A.C.-The Pigozzi Collection from 1989 to 2009 and organised important solo and group shows in museums and foundations across the globe. Today, the gallery represents around 30 artists, they became part of important public and private collections and participated in international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennial and Documenta in Kassel.
Joël Andrianomearisoa • Frederic Bruly Bouabré • Nathalie Boutte Cheri Samba • Omar Victor Diop • Romuald Hazoumè • Seydou Keïta • BodysIsek Kingelez • Houston Maludi • JP Mika • Marcel Miracle • Fabrice Monteiro J.D. ‘OkhaiOjeikere • AmadouSanogo • MalickSidibé