From March 30th to April 2d, we have participated in Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris with our format AtWork. At the booth F19 we presented the selected AtWork notebooks made by students during 4 years of workshops in Africa and beyond.
Four years of AtWork’s journey, the intimate stories from ten different cities across the world coming together in an exhibition at the Grand Palais. We wanted to showcase them all, but we had to make our choices, selecting two notebooks from each AtWork experience done so far: Dakar, Abidjan, Kampala, Cairo, Modena, Addis Ababa as well as from Manama, Florence, Venice and Milan.
We entrusted this delicate task to our partner and a talented Egyptian artist Amira Parree, who has made her selection and curated the exhibition display for us.
The 19 selected works featured the following AtWorkers: Samar Aleskafi, Mahlet Birhanu Gebre, Raffaella Carillo & Charlotte Ashcroft, Leon Chong, Abdel Kader Diakhaté, Defcon3 & ELLEmentare, Melania Fusco, Mohamed Keita, Hailu Kifle, Antonin Lagarde, Ian Mwesiga, Miriam Namutebi, Serge Nemlin, Yfke Ossentjuk, Federika Ponnetti, Nadeen El Rashidy, Nourhan Refaat, Boubacar Sonko, Ali Swar.
For most of the artists this was the first time to be exhibited in Paris and we were happy to give them that opportunity, introducing this new generation of thinkers and creators to international audience of Art Paris.
Along with the emerging artists we also had the pleasure to welcome 2 special guests.
The artist Joel Andrianomearisoa had just realized two notebooks for Moleskine Foundation’s art collection, one of which was exhibited at our stand. Titled “The Complex Horizons of love” Joel’s notebooks are the perfect representation of his unique aesthetics and was the first step in our mutual collaboration with the aim to bring AtWork format to his native Madagascar.
On March 30th the prominent Italian performer artist Romina De Novellis realized an exclusive performance “Selfie, AutoPortrait” at our booth, creating a new “interactive” notebook for our collection.
See the exhibited notebooks below.