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tv   Arts.21 - African art and music  Deutsche Welle  December 3, 2018 5:30am-6:00am CET

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i. really mean to me. not everyone who loves books has to go to the same. t.w. literature list richard must reads. welcome to a special edition of arts twenty one. artists from africa are setting the agenda for a continent on the moon this is important for africa to. use africa through music through a new generation of africans were more interested in the future this gun lobby east . nigeria was only. the first leg of our african journey takes us by bus from lagos in nigeria to the car in senegal it's
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a traveling art show the mobile museum is a project that's crossing borders. it's been a while since lagos a scene a vehicle like this school bus has been converted into a mobile museum to roll through west africa. bouncing like a fast moving camel it heads cross-country picking up selected office along the way . the artists residence on wheels is a new experience for the only known african omit the something. we spend a lot of time with the boss on the road and of course it's not easy to work on anything inside the bus but we talk and realize the plans we work out at the next stops like here in miami but it makes the stops and you have to have some buy screamo milton's that's it from lagos to dakar the aging bus is traveling five thousand kilometers through seven countries over bumpy roads. across the desert
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during the stops the also teach local youngsters about art. by jumping from cynical specializes in what's made with electric paint it gives signals when it's touch. i have no idea where we are right now but that's not important you just have to set up an environment where you can be creative i've always dreamt of working with african artists in africa and what it's a unique opportunity to get to know my own continent. in ghana the bus passengers mingle with local artists and meet verbena ily come fiancee in a transgender performance he transcends boundaries as a veiled woman documenting the process all the while i deal with the bodies and deal with immigration bill see where my christmas well. just stop it from one country to another country and also cross in the south to. the species from the front before that i'm going to go through
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a very strong idea of. the baskets increasingly cantankerous much of the days spent with repairs including a whole new engine on top of that crossing borders in west africa involves waiting on an epic scale and no baksheesh no entry past history at both turns the experience into an emotional arc performance. everyone gets what he wants from you . because you want to go. and there will not allow you to go on until you give them something. what ever you have is what you have to give you cannot give what you don't. so you give you give you give. you have nothing to give. yourself. it's real long weeks and many adversities later they reached the car where the artists take up residence with a german senegalese painter here they can turn the impressions they collected on their journey into work. for the dark arts festival.
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here in st and this is when for us the process of working on our own art really gets underway in this business and also. is africa's foremost arts festival every artist who's anybody in africa comes here the main exit bishan building not all of the old courthouse is a place of great significance a place of life and death decisions people were sentenced to death here. people's births were declared here i mean this is the memory of this country when i open the gates i have piles of documents of legal documents there for me they summarize the entire life of senegal sense and dependence. philosophical and political questions dominate the dr. linda lee almost all of last sandpile is titled wasted time
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not only because whole gives a flying tribute to the heroes of the resistance against the german colonial rulers but within a call mob all memory about only history so it's very important that our voices isn't multiplied and that we're all able to give our own stories. not a juvie tells one of the stories of female phoenix and of the concrete of the twenty eight team ducking out we wanted to tackle the wall africa rising with doric if the continent does rise it's as africa to have to choose in which. emoji my dear most employees neon mirrors and surveillance cameras to shift viewers into the focus their digitally monitored and at the same time reveal it to speak mean artist personifies the new pass african artist taking what is happening technology wise on the continent is a leap frog a lot of us of the art of the show here a branch or a new generation of africans who are more interested in the future than the past
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and i guess it's all too much for him this is freedom to be oneself with an african continent without having to demonstrate the forms of her to duck up venues or all over the city one of the awful occasions is a city called gucci institute the artist bus is given a resoundingly welcome and. that was africa highly concentrated into three or four weeks they were everywhere we've been over thousands of kilometers with left the mark of our art something was left everywhere. in the company old collars travel photos. have been turned into silkscreen. gray eyed bell has set up his installation in the books. and by john performs on interactive canvases. glimpses into a treasure trove of experiences with the museum and all the obstacles that came on the way.
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what happens when africa's creative talents head to europe we check out a major showcase of music and culture at the africa festival inverts book. it may be hot in crowded at europe's oldest and biggest africa festival but the concerts are sold out. nearly one hundred thousand visitors have come to experience africa up close and personal and maybe take home a souvenir. art can be a way to help people to help themselves this crossover fashion is made in senegal. these one dollar glasses are made and sold right in the booth it's a project run by an ngo the festival informs the public about initiatives like these and about controversial issues such as female circumcision. africa is very much in the media spotlight right now german president. makes an appearance in his
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words pork. is a. deeper humor india from senegal says the attention is long overdue he served as host and storyteller at the festival for eighteen years now. coming. from africa you can't talk enough about africa good investment even africans of earned a place in the spotlight but we've earned it. africa was exploited for so long a new. nobody here ever cared about it because now at long last i think the time has come. and they so by. the motto of the festival's thirtieth anniversary is afro deutsch or afro german bar yama and her band are here from paris the singer songwriter's family comes from
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several african and european countries so she finds the term afro german a bit limited. power if that is at the front there are people who call themselves after a pianist and that place is europe and africa at a level that i see is far more correct and then there are after part of such a concept that designates people of the african diaspora who feel at home in the various major cities of the world it means people who are at home in new york or in lagos and that reflects a certain reality she gets on a day at. the festival itself is a reflection of that reality. or a comes from ivory coast twenty years ago she fled to marsay to escape the civil war in her country she won a grammy in two thousand and nine and has been in demand internationally ever since
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. her performance can be described as african tradition meets urban cool. her daughter is with her on this tour for her there's no question about combining kids and a career. set. up the african women carry this image of the powerful warrior inside them up again it's all business strong women it's all for they do many things at once they work and raise their children at the same time. but not just african women all women of european women have this strength as well i want to show the strength that women have. aside from the show's a new zick contacts are also important. that. afro german presenter beric reflects on her experiences. the question of her own roots long preoccupied her. dress in torture and in time it was with
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a german parts of me the food and how do i fit them all together this. beautiful these a biography is that make up a life how the examination of various topics divisive topics maybe but all the more exciting question about it i'm often don't understand the concept. of. the divisive topic of the refugee debate takes a back seat here here inverts board it's the african spirit that occupy center stage like every year at the festival. from europe back to africa. is a powerful voice for social justice in mali her latest album is simply breathtaking .
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wants to carry on molly's rich musical heritage her songs are smooth blend of folk and modern sounds and they're taking the music world by storm they're also political i couldn't you release centro them for me i have a something to see. i have a something there when i say. they were present. african union generalship. i was presenting an african dream. i represent off going to childless. terry me deals with my greeting and losing a home and losing loved ones a fate suffered by many africans. then and then he. thought to herself left mali as a young woman to escape an arranged marriage the movie molly blues follows her
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judie back it's a touching documentary showing how music can lend a voice to freedom. in her home village to broke a taboo by singing about female genital mutilation. to . i'm trying to to to fight the for the positive side to change the montel u.-t. of my generation because every single generation needs to somebody to the song to take a part of the things we have to to be able to talk about i was touring. mali is wracked by social tensions corruption and terrorism but that often obscures it's deep rooted cultural traditions. people don't know i forgot who knows africa is
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a woman who went to africa once a nice life then you can see i have seen them have such and people haven't been eating their food the smell of. the two bridges well some consonants she's convinced that music can have healing power was i think this new africa can try to reach a people through the middle diva through our our music you know it's our job on mali has created its own style of blues. says blues is what happens if you stop crying and start singing instead. to. make the nigerian metropolis is one of the world's fastest growing urban centers. it's a city that's booming and. where paul. this guy is just.
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only. the nikkei art gallery houses thousands of works its a treasury of contemporary nigerian art madame nikkei as the founder is known is a landmark of the lagos art scene she opened her first gallery fifty years ago. not. so nigeria. is going to be hot because this is the biggest. in fifty four countries. lego's is the city of both tremendous promise and extreme wealth and poverty exist side by side the city of twenty million is growing faster than any other urban center in africa it's plagued with corruption and mismanagement but blessed with
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entrepreneurial spirit and creativity those contrasts are mirrored in its art same . page two out of two sayings works featured at the first nigerian pavilion at the venice biennale ali she openly addresses social issues such as child marriage. here her figures are covered with pain relief pills so this this work is called the . unconscious struggle i need. the narrative or the. child bride. i know how certain cultures think. it's ok so sometimes i wonder why no one is looking no one is near them and they have to check themselves so be it be inflected their actions or introspective about what they do i always wonder what they. think. when it's two grown men and
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you two go. a jeweller to say has many projects going on at once she's working with the foundation to train connect and empower young artists she wants to revive the dying art of pottery but she doesn't expect help from politicians they've disappointed the people too often. amazing clear bodies in nigeria the shocking thing is that we import every ceramic went into the country from tiles to. bring everything in from china right it just doesn't make you cannot make sense. in a country where where we talk about creating jobs. and we can make the plane from i think crazy. also hopes to bring about change through his art his studio is on the outskirts of
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town away from the noise and exploding rents in central lagos. so much silver they love the kills of of the city is so inspiring yes. you can get inspired about it kills boy where you can see your studio in it's somewhere that is you know kind of a very camp for you to actually do the production of your walk. the unplanned growth of cities is one of his central themes. i was amazed by. the concentrated in the city same time the way. this you know probably you know it's so amazing so that is where this summer it's all about to actually know the way cities are not properly planned in nigeria. the kind of kind of development kind of the one that we have that is more like.
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the uncontrolled development. the chaos of the city also inspire sam abell han the painter is known for his celebration of colors with broad brush strokes he fragments his motifs to create fascinating picture puzzles. where i started painting even i tried to at the same time make people feel. happy looking at it somebody once told me that my paintings. that i able to see. very nice things involving us you're looking at very. optimism and productivity not frustration and stagnation that seems to be the model of many contemporary artists in lagos their work is attracting more and more interest on the domestic art market. started getting into it when
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i study it. and look in on reading about things are not tastes doing well even outside a country growing up we didn't see too much of this but i don't want to comment on sundance and you coming out and if you see very young people and you think that we poor man tourists coming to our christian look you want to buy just turkey shoot the expression of his from appreciating the works that you start by. this lagos have the potential to become africa's hottest art tub the growing demand in the nikkei our gallery suggests that it does. turn. now to the german city of frankfurt to an exhibition by william country edge that cuts to the chase of an encounter with the celebrated south african artist.
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time doesn't heal all wounds no one knows that better than wm chen tridge his work grapples with topics like the scars of colonialism and apartheid peoples vain attempt to evade death fate and time. the refusal of time with his installation of the documentary and twenty twelve now it's at the heart of his show in frankfurt sleepy house museum placed right in the midst of classical european sculpture. i'm certain after three lives and works in south africa and my work is very much shape . by the particular conditions in which it is made a condition of johannesburg as a very young city and how it works about being not in the art center not in new york and not in berlin and not in london but being six thousand miles away with the question of europe's relationship to its colonial legacy is very present every day
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. and one of the things about showing the work that's like this in europe is to bring those questions into the school and. the nineteen eighties reem temperatures work has dealt with the trauma of a party it started with his early animated charcoal drawing early on he realized the system that gave him so many privileges was deeply flawed one decisive influence was his parents' human rights lawyer in his early theatre work ken tridge attacked the apartheid system. and told me. not so god up by letter that none of us does nobody that will land there doubt us who bomb one job and then noble who are not. he also went on to stage operas such as bags what sank which addressed the colonial conflicts during the first world war. optimistic to think about changing the world or
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to think that it sets the agenda for political discussions occasionally at that but much more important to the artwork by making connections both between people to people look at the same work and suddenly understand the existence of other people by the common viewing of the view of the piece of art as a social activity that is not only you have seen the work but other people also see . and by the confirmation. it gives to us of who we are. can trace his family had fled and he semitic programs in europe and he felt the in congruity of growing up as a privileged white in south africa. the creation effects of european colonialism and also with the in the miniature black box on display in the lead becomes it addresses the first genocide of the trenches century the massacre of the herrero people by the germans in one thousand know for at that time. fun leave the family
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who lived here may have sat in their parlor and read about it in the news paper. have been both the. the most admirable and strongest human traits that have gone together with and being committed to not the same of the connected to questions of everest of greed of. acquisition. cantrip says drawing is equivalent to thinking for him many of his works are born as charcoal drawings even his films which he embarks on without storyboards no wonder then that a coffeepot follows in the footsteps of french animation pioneer shah's millionaire just light of the movie and he himself appears as trotsky in ocean to mental machine and installation first shown in istanbul on. one team a chief in the work is the megaphone signifying the power of propaganda it's all
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the more relevant at a time when william can treat views europe with great concern and. can different you say from outside of you that europe as a totality has become the fortress where you have a sense for hundreds of years europe maybe threw up from the colonies and now it's suddenly decides will close all the gates we've got the money and plate anybody else try to get in the anything there and people think it's an act of generosity to allow some few migrants into the country rather than understanding it's a simple act of justice. william canter it reminds europe that what it might consider foreign is actually an important part of its own history.
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that's it for this edition of the arts twenty one. celebrating the art and artists of africa join us again next week. until then bye bye and elfie juicing. the be. the best. the been.
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