Daniël Hugo participates in ‘The Art of Comics’ Group Exhibition at ‘The Virtual National Arts Festival 2020’

Daniël Hugo participates in ‘The Art of Comics’ Group Exhibition at ‘The Virtual National Arts Festival 2020’

The Art of Comics’ Group Exhibition

Curated by Tara Weber and Raymond Whitcher (South African comics), and Joëlle Epée Mandengue and Jean-Philippe Martin (Comics from other African countries)

The Virtual National Arts Festival

25 June – 05 July 2020

Participating Artists: Annick Kamgang (Cameroon & DRC), Bill Masuku (Zimbabwe), Daniel Clarke (South Africa), Daniël Hugo (South Africa), Gaspard Njock (Cameroon), Juni Ba (Senegal), Koffi Roger N’Guessan (Ivory Coast), Lesego Dithlake (South Africa), Loyiso Mkize (South Africa), Luke Molver (South Africa), Mogorosi Motshumi (South Africa), Ray Whitcher (South Africa), Reine Dibussi (Cameroon), Tayo Fatunla (Nigeria), Togui (Algeria) and Willem Samuels (South Africa)

‘The Art of Comics’ is the first project of the French Institute of South Africa in the field of comics, and the source of inspiration behind ‘Afropolitan Comics’. This exhibition was the result of a strong partnership with the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Friends of JAG and the Cité internationale de la Bande dessinée et de l’image of Angoulême, France. It consisted of a conversation between South African comics and Francophone “bande dessinée” and was curated by Tara Weber of the JAG and Raymond Whitcher (both curators of the Afropolitan Comics exhibition), as well as Thierry Groensteen (independent curator) for its francophone part which was initially exhibited at the Cité.

The exhibition, with the support of Total, took place at the JAG between September and November 2019.

‘Afropolitan Comics’ gathers the works of 16 artists from the African continent, organised around three themes: ‘Autobiography’, ‘Heroes and History’, and ‘Folklore and Future’. It features the work of major comics artists from all over the continent, including South African artists Loyiso Mkize (who designed the exhibition’s poster) and Luke Molver, as well as Nigerian artist Tayo Fatunla and Cameroonian artist Reine Dibussi. This virtual exhibition has been conceived within the context of the current coronavirus pandemic. It is an innovative multimedia experience combining artworks, analysis by the exhibition’s curators, as well as interviews of the selected artists.

Curated by Tara Weber and Raymond Whitcher (South African comics), and Joëlle Epée Mandengue and Jean-Philippe Martin (Comics from other African countries)

Design and development of the website: Cher Ami

Videography: Black Gosling

Partners of the exhibition: French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image (International City of Comics and Image, France)

For further information and to view the exhibition, please navigate to the ‘National Arts Festival’ website here, or by visiting the lAfropolitan Comicsl website here

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