L’Afrique Des Routes
Exhibition, Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris, France.
Is Africa a continent without a history? Although the preconceptions persist, the facts themselves are undeniable: Africans have never lived in isolation. Although ignored for a long time, exchanges within and outside Africa began thousands of years ago, well before the arrival of the first Portuguese ships at the end of the 15th century and prior to the colonisations and independences. This is demon rated in the sculptures, gold and ivory pieces, paintings, and other artworks presented in the AFRICAN ROADS exhibition. The presentation is designed to offer an intelligible account of a continent that has been very much a part of the history of mankind since the earliest times.