Some months ago I was invited to be part of the selection committee for Art & Exception. An exhibition conceived and curated by Nelly Wandji. Art & Exception explores and celebrates the heritage and traditions of craft know-how through the use of timeless materials and techniques that are translated into a contemporary avant-garde look.
Presenting existing and never-before-seen collectible artworks made especially for the exhibition Art & Exception brings together 45 exceptional pieces from 25 artists representing 15 African countries. The objects are by emerging and established names working across a range of disciplines from woodwork to embroidery, among them the South African ceramist Zizipho Poswa, the intricate lighting of Meftah House crafted in their Moroccan workshops, the entirely hand-embroidered paintings by Rwandan Christine Rwagatare, the watercolours of Bartholomew Toguo on a series of ceramic plates, and the textile universe of Ghizlane Sahli.
Art & Exception is on show in person at the French auction house, Artcurial, or view the live experience online.