Women Focus

Women in the spotlight


How do African women see the great challenges of the 21st century? What are the positions of more than half of the African continent’s population and what kind of initiatives are they are taking?

From the dissemination of knowledge to systems of disobedience, via history, memory, archives, economic issues, territory and citizenship, the Africa2020 Season places a spotlight on role of women in African societies. French institutions responded to the General Commissioner's call and mobilised with enthusiam. Invitations were sent out to African women professionals who have each designed (or codesigned) a specific project that gives a voice to women from the African continent and its recent diaspora. This spontaneous momentum of solidarity resulted in a series of “Women Focus”  in the arts, sciences and entrepreneurship.

Open events 

Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris
The Power of my Hands, exhibition
22 January - 30 May 2021 (Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris)
Curators: Odile Burluraux (France) and Suzana Sousa (Angola)

FRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine MECA, Bordeaux
Memoria : Account of another history, exhibition
5 February - 21 August 2021 (FRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine MECA, Bordeaux)
Curators: Nadine Hounkpatin (Benin / France) and Céline Seror (France)

Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
Beyond what we see: Once upon a time, Once upon a future, exhibition
19 May - 29 August 2021
Curator: Missla Libsekal (Ethiopia/Eritrea)

FRAC PACA, Marseille
Katia Kameli, elle a allumé le vif du passé, exhibition
Curator: Éva Barois de Caevel (France)

FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême
How to Make a Country, exhibition
19 June - 18 December 2021
Curator: Lerato Bereng (Lesotho)

Musée d'art et d'histoire Paul Éluard (Saint-Denis HQ)
Un.e Air.e de famille, exhibition
25 June - 08 November 2021
Curator: Farah Clémentine Dramani-Issifou (Benin/France) et Anne Yanover (France)

Upcoming events (TBC)

Arc en Rêve, Bordeaux
: her(e) otherwise, exhibition
Curator: Anna Abengowe (Nigeria/England), Patti Anahory (Cap Vert/São Tomé/USA), Tuliza Sindi (Burundi/Democratic Republic of Congo/South Africa), Mawena Yehouessi (Benin/Togo/Senegal/France)

L'Afro, Paris
African Women Speak Up !, meeting and exchange 
12 September 
Participants:  Aisha DABO (Gambie/Senegal), Rosebell KAGUMIRE (Uganda), Chouchou NAMEGABE (DRC), Tobore OVUORIE (Nigeria)

Nova Villa, Reims
Ce que l'Afrique a à nous dire, literature, meetings, debates, shows
23 September - 05 November 2021
Curator:  Patricia Gomis (Senegal) 

Finished projects

AWARE : Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, Paris
Symposium Reclaim : narratives of African Women artistsconference
Scientific Committee: N’Goné Fall (Senegal), Nadira Laggoune (Algeria), Peju Layiwola (Nigeria), Nkule Mabaso (South Africa), Karen Milbourne (USA), Camille Morineau (France), Nontobeko Ntombela (South Africa), Chika Okeke-Agulu (Nigeria), Senam Okudzeto (Ghana / USA / UK), Fatou Sarr Sow (Senegal), Rachida Triki (Tunisia)

September Summit forums and conversations
S'engager tout un artconversation
5 March 2021 (Atelier de Médicis)
Replay of the conference (FR)

"L'économie : une saga familiale ?", conversation
7 March 2021 (Et Tuttiquanti, Lyon)
Replay of the conference (FR)

Ces femmes qui font l'Afrique, forum 
8 March 2021 (Bibliocité, Paris)
Replay of the conference (FR)

Le rôle des femmes dans la transmission, conversation
9 March 2021 (Bibliocité, Paris)
Replay of the conference (FR)

Carte blanche à Kidi Bebey, conversation 
13 March 2021 (Bibliocité, Paris)
Replay of the conference (FR)

Utopies africaines, conversation 
13 March 2021 (Scène du Jura, Lons-le-Saunier)
Replay of the conference (FR)

Échange sur la formation des artistes de cirque
15 March 2021 (Le Prato, Lille)
Replay of the conference (FR)

Citoyenneté et féminismes
15 March 2021 (Le Prato, Lille)

FRAC Corte, Corsica
Thanaya : entre plis et chemins, exhibition
7 May - 26 July 2021
Curator: Sirine Abdelhedi (Tunisia)

Le Grand Sud, Lille
3 June 2021
Partner: Dérapage Prod

Opéra de Lyon, Lyon 
Sahariennes, Concert
3 June 2021
Partner: Dérapage Prod

Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Poitiers
Poitiers Film Festival, Cinema
4 - 6  June 2021
Participants: Angèle Diabang, Meryem Benm’Bare, Leyla Bouzid, Yasmine Chouikh, Naky Sy Savané

Grand Théâtre d'Orléans, Orléans 
Sahariennes, Concert
6 June 2021
Partner: Dérapage Prod

Canopée des Halles, Paris 
Canopée#africa2020, Concerts
12 - 13 June 2021
African Partners: Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda), Zaza Productions (Mauritania), Assamalekoum Cultures (Mauritania)

Festival Rio Loco, Toulouse 
Les Femmes prennent la colline, Exhibition
13 - 20 June 2021
Participants: Adama Delphine Fawundu (Sierra Leone), Adeola Olagunjua (Nigeria), Amsatou Diallo (Mali), Fatoumata Diabate (Mali), Kasangati Godelive Kabena (DRC), Rahima Gambo (Nigeria), Fatima Bocoum (Mali), Philippe Guionie (France)

MOCA, Paris 
MOCA, forum des cultures d'Afrique et des Diasporas,  Rencontres et échanges
17 - 18 June 2021
Partner: Centre des Cultures d'Afrique

Sponsored by

  • République Française
  • Institut Français
  • Agence Française de développement
  • Conseil présidentiel pour l'Afrique