March 29th Galeries Lafayette kicked off their “Africa Now Festival”, a nearly three month celebration of African art and design. Through June 25, patrons will be treated to elaborate art installations, exhibitions, pop-up shops, cooking demonstrations and more.
Windows along Boulevard Haussmann feature works by Lakin Ogunbanwo, a Nigerian photographer best known for his portraits while the store’s cupola features an installation by Joël Andrianomearisoa, a mixed-media collage and sculpture artist who splits his time between Paris and Madagascar.
On the first floor gallery is an exhibition curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi called “Le jour qui vient” (“The Day to Come” in English), featuring painters, sculptors, photographers and video artists, such as Igshaan Adams, a South African tapestry artist, and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, a Nigerian-born artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hop the escalator to sixth floor and you’ll find le Marché Noir, a pop-up shop curated by Togolese stylist Amah Ayivi featuring vintage fashion, accessories, home goods as well as a selection of pieces by young African designers.
For additional Africa Now events, check the Galeries Lafayette website.