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Full Circle Art Africa 2018 Edition Hong Kong first African Arts & Culture program

THIS JUNE 2018, FULL CIRCLE ART AFRICA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS FCAA PREVIEW WITH WAFRICA & ARTIST SERGE MOUANGUE

Discover The Queens & The Blood Brothers

  • Exhibition dates: 25-29 June, 2018
  • Private view with the artist on appointment only: 25-27 June, 2018
  • Open to public 28-29 June, 2018
  • RSVP is essential by 23 June (preview@fullcircleartafrica.org)

At La Galerie Paris 1839, 74 Hollywood road, Central, Hong Kong

THE BLOOD BROTHERS - Uniting the work of a Cameroon Bamileke master craftsman with that of Japanese lacquer master with 40 years’ experience, The Blood Brothers highlight the “3rd esthetic” history and beauty of two cultures to create something contemporary and unique.

For 9 generations, the Masaru family have served the Tokugawa Shogun dynasty, working only with Japanese materials. Specially selected sculptures from Bamileke craftsmen meet a process practiced in Japan for thousands of years. The lengthy process of their creation, was a subject of special interest documentary made by Japanese National TV Chanel NHK Tokyo in 2011.

Also captivated by “The Blood Brothers”, the curator of the National Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland contacted Serge. Two unique handcrafted Wafrica Kimono were created in collaboration with Kyoto based Kimono Master-craftsman Odasho and are now part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Currently based in Paris, Serge continues his partnership with outstanding Japanese and African master-craftsmen creating Contemporary Art in search of the 3rd aesthetic. He also continues to work diversely in design and exploration for luxury brands and independently.

THE QUEENS - Tailored design cut, made in Kyoto in collaboration with 150 years' kimono experience ODASHO, Wafrica kimono capitalise on Japanese refinement and attention to detail combined with West Africa rhythmic density and vibration.

The idea of the Queens is to provoke a meaningful conversation between West Africa and Japan traditional wearables to create a 3rd aesthetic.

Each Queens questions the origins, influences and cultural heritage. In other words, “How do we come from”.

Wafrica projects demonstrate new opportunities to celebrate diversity in harmony and peace. Searching for ways to express a new aesthetic by the transformation of timeless iconic symbols. In response to the argument that globalization may rob us of our cultural identity, a conversation between two ancient, strong and sophisticated identities: Japan and Africa. The conversation is about the beauty of weaving strands of our stories together.

It is about hope and embracing the possibilities made available when the unique treasures brought by each of us are juxtaposed to form a new and enlightened international consciousness.

SERGE MOUANGUE - Wafrica encapsulates both West Africa and Japanese ancient sophisticated aesthetic to create a new territory, redefining our sense of origin.

Serge Mouangue was born in Cameroon in 1973. Motivated by his studies in Art, Design and Architecture in Paris, his international professional experiences in Exploratory Design, Innovation and Strategy and a diversity of Artistic projects, Serge embraces the widest scope of creation in art and industry.

Propelled by his curiosity with relation to the refinement intrinsic to the Japan, Serge sought the opportunity for firsthand experience. Living, working and creating in this unique environment inspired Wafrica, the natural expression of his origins evolving through cultural dialogue.

Between 2011 and 2016, Serge has exhibited his work in Australia and, Japan (French Institute), France (Espace Cardin, 2012), Senegal (FESMAN. Global black Art Festival 2011), the Netherlands (Van Gogh Museum, 2011), Sweden (Museum of Worldculture, 2011), America (New York, US. Museum of Art and Design for “Global Africa Project” exhibition 2011, Switzerland (National Museum of Art, 2014) and Kenya (Nairobi, Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development, 2016), the Netherlands (National Museum of World Cultures, 2017), etc.

LOOKING BACK AT FCAA 2017 - The inaugural FCAA program has drawn 10,000 local and international visitors across Hong Kong into a celebration of contemporary African art.

A project catalyzed by Leap Initiative Philanthropies, Full Circle Art Africa hosted twenty-four artists from various African countries for two weeks of contemporary art, talks, performances, fashion, retail and cultural exchange. Aiming to introduce a diversity of African arts and culture to Asian audiences, and to highlight pre-existing similarities between African and Asian cultures, the programme ran from October 20th to November 5th as the official partner of Hong Kong’s World Cultures Biennale.

Over the course of the Full Circle Art Africa programme, four neighboring galleries in Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui’s Cultural Centre Foyer and the Kowloon-based V54 Artist Residency played host to the visiting contemporary artists and their work.

Each artist, in turn, played a significant role in bringing the Full Circle programme to life. From a TEDx Wanchai event themed around Voices of Change, to university dialogues between artists, opinion leaders and students at HKU and CUHK - to live poetry and street- art - Full Circle Art Africa sought to introduce both the artist and their art in nuanced ways not typically afforded to African artists. And it did just that.

In building deeper connections between contemporary art in Africa and Asia, Leap Initiative Philanthropies also sponsored Hong Kong’s annual ArtNext Emerging Local Artist Award. The Full Circle Africa programme facilitated a performance art collaboration between the Full Circle exhibiting artists and the ArtNext Emerging Artist awardee.

Fostering cross-cultural community dialogue through contemporary art.
WHY PARTNER WITH US? - Building through arts a greater China - Africa familiarity.
  • Join a more diverse and inclusive program
  • Strengthen your image among globally minded audience
  • Contribute to art, culture and community development
  • A unique platform to connect with at lovers and grow your audience in a more personal way.

You’ll be challenged and inspired by a host of people who are rethinking connections between arts, culture, commerce & education

FCAA 2017 in numbers:

FCAA 2017 Edition partners:

LCSD. TEDxWanchai. CUHK. HKU. Ovolo Group. SAA Consulate. Po Leung Kuk. ArtNext. G4S. Air Mauritius.

FULL CIRCLE ART AFRICA 2018 EDITION - Creating meaningful experience that defines Hong Kong as a city that champions creativity in all its dimensions.
  • June 25-29 FCAA 2018 program preview
  • October 12-28 FCAA 2018 Edition

For two weeks, the program will host a wide array of art exhibitions, talks, performances, master classes, gourmet food, and experiences designed to foster cross-cultural informative and creative engagement with the community and inspire new perspectives.

5 key pillars of the FCAA experience:

  • Arts & Craftmanship: exhibitions, installations, design, fashion
  • Culinary: gourmet dining
  • Performance: music, poets
  • Talks: keynotes, discussions, masterclasses, workshops
  • Impact: Upstream Series & Prize | Zimbabwe 2018
ABOUT FULL CIRCLE ART INITIATIVE - FCAA is part of Leap Initiative Philanthropies’ organizational focus on facilitating cultural conservation and connection throughout Africa, Europe and Asia.

With strategic partnerships and collaborations, the foundation aims to preserve and promote arts and culture from Africa and her diaspora. As Leap-supported projects are realized, ongoing support structures are provided in the form of expertise, advisory and networks to enable emerging artists and cultural organisations to realise their visions sustainably.

For more details, please contact cecile@fullcircleartafrica.org | +852 6035 2673

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