This collective exhibition consists of a selection of the works produced by 35 young African photographers during three consecutive workshops of the Acerca programme, designed and given by Héctor Mediavilla in Dakar (Senegal), Niamey (Niger) and Bamako (Mali) in November 2017.Afrotopia was the title chosen by the organisers of the 11th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako, the most prestigious African photography biennial. The aim was to give African artists the opportunity to reflect on their future and the contribution of their continent to a globalised world.
What is Afrotopia?
What is the African utopia? Felwine Sarr, Senegalese writer, economist and musician, coined the term Afrotopia in 2016. In his book he proposes a new way of looking at the African continent, advocating for a decolonisation of the mind that many authors on the continent are calling for. Sarr looks to the future and asks himself about issues such as the model that Africa should follow in its development. His answer is thought-provoking, as Africa must stop looking at itself in the mirror of the West. Sarr proposes an active utopia, in which the continent develops its own project, with its own vision of future, leadinh to appropriate action, rethinking the current paradigm and moving away from the parameters imposed from outside.