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Edson Chagas and Agualusa among Africans with works to be auctioned in Paris

An auction with works by artists from Portuguese-speaking Africa, such as Edson Chagas, José Eduardo Agualusa, Malangatana (1936-2011), Bertina Lopes (1924-2012) and Manuela Jardim, will take place this Wednesday in Paris, organized by the auctioneer Piasa, from the Portuguese gallery Perve, based in Lisbon.


The international auction dedicated to modern and contemporary African art will take place from 6:00 pm, and includes a section dedicated to artistic production in Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP).

Works in painting, sculpture and photography by artists of various generations, including the Mozambican Malangatana, Bertina Lopes, Reinata Sadimba, Ricardo Rangel, Sérgio Santimano, Marco Brás or João Donato, from Cape Verde, Manuel Figueira and Abraão Vicente, from Angola, Ana Silva, from São Tomé, José Chambel and Valdemar Dória, and from Guinea-Bissau, Manuela Jardim, are among those represented in the Piasa auctioneer's catalog, available online.

The work of the Angolan photographer Edson Chagas is also represented in the catalogue, with the set of images "Found not taken" from 2013, the year in which his work, which represented Angola at the Venice Art Biennale, won the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion.

Chagas' photographs were included in the installation "Luanda, Cidade Enciclopédica", curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Pansera, who represented Angola in Venice.

The auction catalog also includes an artist book by the Angolan writer and visual artist José Eduardo Agualusa, entitled "Gramática do instante e do Infinito" (2021).

With sections dedicated to the artistic production of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal or Benin, the auctioneer created one specifically entitled "Lusophonies", which takes the name of Perve's art collection, with a presentation text by Olivia Anani, co-director of the department Contemporary African Art by Piasa.

In the text, the official highlights the work in photography by the Mozambicans Ricardo Rangel and Sérgio Santimano, "a sensitive and powerful witness to the history of Mozambique, under construction", also highlighting the names of artists Bertina Lopes, Malangatana, Ídasse Tembe, Ernesto Shikani (1934-2010) and Teresa Rosa d'Oliveira (1945-2019).

In a statement about the auction, Perve Galeria points out that the work of Ernesto Shikhani, an artist he has represented since 2003, was recently included in the Collection of the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris.

The gallery also recalls that the work of artist Teresa Roza d'Oliveira, a "feminist and libertarian" born in Mozambique, was highlighted in October at an exhibition held at the African contemporary art fair AKAA, which also took place in the French capital.

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