The African Shed Laboratory, Kemi Bassene’s installation at the Musée du Quai Branly

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 10 May 2021 at 17h48
As part of the Saison Africa2020 program, the Musée du Quai Branly invites you from May 19 to September 26, 2021 to discover artist Kemi Bassene’s installation called “The African Shed Laboratory”. A work made of the museum’s photographic and audiovisual archives.

Kemi Bassene comes to the Musée du Quai Branly! The museum welcomes the Senegalese artist from May 19 to September 26, 2021 as part of the Saison Africa2020 program, for a major installation called “The African Shed Laboratory”. A curator, art critic and photographer invited to make a work based on the museum’s photographic and audiovisual archives.

The African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai Branly 

Through this installation, Bassene tries to show the museum archives “are not just the relics of a body of works in African culture but a dynamic force of artistic creation and recreation”. And an issue at the very core of this work: transmission, here symbolized through the collection of photographs displayed, showing “learning the French language at various time periods and in diverse regions in Africa”, as well as in Asia. The artist also makes the most of the opportunity to apply “an artistic vision to already-existing works to reinterpret them through new and more contemporary productions and make known to a new public”.

The African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai BranlyThe African Shed Laboratory, l'installation au Musée du Quai Branly

Photographical works also dialoguing with different sound elements whether they are based on documentaries or music, they all come from the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly and set on very curious supports: school desks! They have been designed by architect-designer Cheikh Diallo’s Malian students as required by Bassene, enabling him to “call upon a particular aesthetic to his installation”, also depicting his idea of “transmission”.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 May 2021 to 26 September 2021

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    Quai Branly
    75007 Paris 7

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    Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna", RER C station "Pont de l'Alma"

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    Tarif réduit (Plateau des collections): €7
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