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MoCADA x BAM DanceAfrica 2024

Curated by: AIS Students + Education Curator Kimberly Becoat, and 2022-2023 Teaching Artists

SUMMARY

MoCADA is honored to participate in DanceAfrica 2024, from May 24-27, as an art partner of the heritage and community festival hosted by Brooklyn Academy of Music. Join us as we celebrate music, dance and culture through the lens of Cameroon.

Held annually in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, this year the weekend-long festival, which will spotlight the African nation Cameroon from May 24-27, will feature indoor and outdoor performances including live music, a film series, master classes, education programs, and an outdoor bazaar.

Adding to the festivities will be a special presentation of “La Course, 2” (above), a mixed-media art work by Cameroonian artist Salifou Lindou, as commissioned and curated by MoCADA Executive Director + Chief Curator, Amy Andrieux.

“La Course 2” explores the perceived conflict between notions of challenge and play. The mixed-media work, done in acrylic, pastel, and collage on canvas, depicts a scene of running and playing, with gestures that express intense determination. The two shapes dance across the canvas, evoking momentum and urgency, and seem to merge into one, symbolizing the unity of the individual working to surpass past efforts.

Read the press release to learn more. Salifou Lindou’s La Course 2 will be on view at BAM from May 7 – June 30, 2024.

Want to learn more about BAM DanceAfrica 2024 including the lineup, how you can get tickets and more?  Click the link.

Want to learn more about Cameroon? Listen to MoCADA Digital Presents: The Independents | Cameroon, a dynamic podcast centering the voices of political leaders and historians, along with the potent music that soundtracked Cameroon’s journey to independence.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Trips to the local palace museum inspired Salifou Lindou, born in Foumban, Cameroon, in 1965, to become a largely self-taught multidisciplinary artist. In 1998, he co-founded the design collective Kapsiki Circle, a collective of Cameroonian artists dedicated to introducing the arts to the next generation of creatives in Douala by organizing exhibitions, projects, and residencies. The collective focuses on public art and workshops with youths. Lindou’s work has been featured in the 1998 Dak’Art Biennale, and in prestigious international fairs including Art Paris (France), Investec Cape Town (South Africa), and 1-54 New York (US). His first solo museum exhibition is on view now at the Ettore Fico Museum in Turin, Italy.

ABOUT BAM DANCEAFRICA 2024

This Memorial Day weekend, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African diasporic dance and music opens up Brooklyn’s stages to the ancestral history and vital living artistry of Cameroon. Now in its 47th year, BAM DanceAfrica explores the past and present of Central African history, arts, and culture, as symbolized by the calabash—a vessel of mystical, practical, and cultural significance.

BAM partners with longtime neighbors, first-time visitors, the DanceAfrica Council of Elders, and our partners at Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), and The Billie Holiday Theatre (formerly Restoration Arts) to create the nation’s largest festival of African dance—and Brooklyn’s unofficial start to summer. Featuring traditional dance and music from Cameroon, classes, workshops, late-night dance parties, visual art, FilmAfrica’s dazzling cinematic series, and the iconic outdoor bazaar, experience the sights, sounds, and magic of Brooklyn’s most unmissable celebration.

MoCADA is committed to giving wings to artists by bringing dynamic, contemporary African art to a broad audience through a series of highly visible artists’ projects, new commissions, installations, and exhibitions in public spaces, like this virtual gallery. Your support goes in a long way in helping MoCADA create exhibitions and other special programs that benefit the community. Click GiveMo to give a gift today. 

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