In an echo to appeals in the collective exhibition Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream—calls for revolt, as well as for wisdom and reparation—this issue of the magazine PALAIS is published on the occasion of a season of exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo (26.11 2021 – 20.03 2022), which foregrounds artists whose practices cross borders and restore the capacity for action, to ideas, forms, and cultures which are more nomadic than static. Within spaces of conflict, past and present, these artists affirm equality and exchange as vital principles. Their artistic imaginaries are rooted in a world in which there are clearly no longer any centres, and indeed they help to multiply outwards the number of poles of attraction. But this fragmentation does not occlude history, quite the contrary: along with diasporas and creolization, narratives of liberation and emancipation as well as of violent stories of territorial dispossession and forced displacement emerge throughout the exhibitions, always more lucid and more audible. Beyond their singular forms of poetry, these artists mobilize and share imaginaries that are not national but rather continental, and whose tectonic shifts are irreversible.
In this issue:
A main section in dialogue with the exhibition Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream
With the artists: Jonathas de Andrade, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Michael Armitage, Bili Bidjocka,
Kudzanai Chiurai (in collaboration with Khanya Mashabela and with the participation of Kenzhero),
Nolan Oswald Dennis, Lungiswa Gqunta, Frances Goodman, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Richard Kennedy,
Grada Kilomba, Turiya Magadlela, Ibrahim Mahama, Sabelo Mlangeni, Meleko Mokgosi,
Serge Alain Nitegeka, Daniel Otero Torres.
Texts by: Bernard Akoi-Jackson, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Thulile Gamedze, Grada Kilomba,
Nadia Yala Kisukidi, Khanya Mashabela, Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson, Marie-Ann Yemsi; as well as a
conversation between Michael Armitage and Meleko Mokgosi, and a poetry selection waxed together by
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (with poems by Ama Ata Aidoo, Viola Allo, James Baldwin,
Kwame Dawes, Birago Diop, Tsitsi Jaji, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Olu Oguibe, Warsan Shire, Derek Walcott).
Essays by: Cédric Fauq and François Piron on the work of filmmaker Sarah Maldoror, Elvan Zabunyan on
Jay Ramier’s work, Marcelo Campos on Maxwell Alexandre’s work, and Lucille Toth on Aïda Bruyère’s
296 pgs, 28.5 × 22.5 cm, Softcover, 2021, 978-2-84711-134-7