1. Why did you register your institution for MuseumWeek?
MuseumWeek is a highly anticipated event at the Fondation Zinsou ! We have taken part for the past 3 years and we find it incredibly rewarding and creative. Museums around the world, which are active and engaged locally on a daily basis, suddenly get to have a global voice. There are very straightforward if slightly unexpected interactions with institutions from every continent. It’s a great motivation for the team as well as for the public.
2. Who are the African women artists that you would like to introduce to the general public?
We have female artists of various nationalities in the collection: Esther Malangu, from South Africa, or Seyni Awa Camara, from Senegal, for example. Others came as artists in residence, like Cristina De Middel or the Chevalme sisters. And we also want to talk about all the artists who inspire us and nourish us with their creations, such as Joana Choumali, Zanele Muholi, Aida Muluneh, Billie Zangewa, Julie Mehretu …
3. What is your personal message to women in the world of culture and art?
We especially want to make them known, to let people know that women are transforming the world of art on the African continent. We want to talk not only about women who are artists, but also about those who work as exhibition curators, professors, gallerists, faire and festivals chairwomen, authors …. There are many of them, they are very dynamic, and they are often pioneers in their countries. We will take advantage of MuseumWeek to talk about a continent where the museum is reinventing itself thanks to women.