Curated by Simon Njami

We are facing strange times in which the order of things, or what we thought were the order of things, seems upside down. Some people have named this space of uncertainties “The After World”, which is supposed to replace the “world before”. But the question of a new world seems very problematic to me. Is Covid-19 going to be able to change our realities? I am not talking about the fact that we cannot travel as we would like anymore, or that we cannot hug and are forced to walk the streets with a mask and so on.

Yet, there are facts we tend to forget when we are not directly concerned: viruses have always been around. The only difference this time is that it did not spread only in the non-western countries but also in the West, and the West is scared, as it has never been since World War II. Even global terrorism has never had this effect on economies, behaviours, and politics.

In Africa and in most non-western countries, the effects of the pandemic can be read through another grid. Time is perceived differently. It is not conceived according to some immutable rule or a linear logic. It corresponds better to the definition of time given by the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty: “Time remains the same because the past is an ancient future and a recent present; the present a future past and a recent future; future, at last, is a present and even a past to be; in other words, because each dimension of time is treated or aimed at as something else than itself, which means, finally, because at the heart of time, there is a gaze…”

Hence time can never be what it seems to be. It has, in order to find a useful meaning, to be reflected by a gaze. The day after can only occur if it is related to subjectivity and my conviction is that artists are the sole bearers of an unstained subjectivity. This is what this gallery exhibition section intends to show.

• Afriart Gallery
• Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
• Galerie Cecile Fakhoury
• Galerie Maia Muller
• Galerie MAM
• OH Gallery
• SEPTIEME Gallery