N’Goné Fall, A Curator Without Borders
A graduate of the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, N’Goné Fall is also a cultural engineering consultant and has taught at the universities of Alexandria...
Initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron and organized by the Institut Français, the Africa2020 Season is an invitation to discover Africa through the eyes of the people who live there and who are shaping its future, in all areas of activity. The event will take place across France from December 1, 2020 to mid-July 2021 and will feature some 100 projects focusing on culture, science, the economy and sport. The goal is to collaborate, share viewpoints and see the world from an African perspective in order to better understand the challenges of the 21st century. Total Foundation is a patron of this uniquely far-reaching event.
With a key focus on young people and its host communities and regions, Total Foundation promotes the rich, diverse and vibrant spectrum of cultures. For this reason, we are naturally very proud to support Africa2020.
Spotlight on Africa’s Cultures and Expertise
Africa is a “plural, multiple and strong continent (...) where part of our shared future will play out. (...) Quite simply, I consider Africa to be the world’s central, global and key continent because it’s where all of today’s challenges intersect,” said President Macron in a speech at the University of Ouagadougou in November 2017, before announcing his decision to launch an African Cultural Season in France. Under the leadership of its Head Curator, N’Goné Fall, the Africa2020 Season will roll out a multi-disciplinary, pan-African program that will showcase to the whole of France all that Africa has to offer. So far, 14 headquarters (HQs) have been opened across France (mainland and overseas), giving people a space to exchange ideas and obtain information.
The Africa2020 Season will mobilize the innovative and creative capacity of the 54 countries that make up the African continent. The program is being led by artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs from African civil society who, in partnership with host French organizations, will present the viewpoints of the African continent and its recent diaspora.
Events will include a circus, photo exhibitions, culinary experiences, comic books, street basketball, an adaptation of Congolese author Sinzo Aanza at the Odéon theater, exhibitions on art as a tool of civil disobedience at the macLYON and on human desire at the Musée du Quai Branly and a pan-African contemporary art circuit in Chambery, as well as a focus on African tech at the Emerging the Valley summit in Provence. They will explore the continent’s relationship with transmission and oral tradition, monetary flows and entrepreneurship, history, the concept of territory, and engagement and citizenship.
Invitation to Collaborate
With its cooperative approach, the Africa2020 Season represents a unique opportunity to meet and exchange views, in order to find new solutions together. Each project sees an African professional collaborate with a French peer. For example, an exhibition on the history of movement and heritage by the Moroccan Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden will be hosted by the French National Museum of Immigration.
A particular goal of the Africa2020 Season is to change the way the wider public thinks about Africa by presenting the continent of today in all of its social, cultural and linguistic diversity. Head Curator N’Goné Fall has set out to “break down clichés and change perceptions” by offering experiences that encourage people to get to know each other better, think about the world together, form bonds, transcend differences and broaden their horizons. This diversity of opinions will be one of the Africa220 Season’s main assets.
Focus on Young People
With an average age of 19, Africa is the youngest continent in the world. The Africa2020 Season will therefore give pride of place to young people, who will be responsible for overcoming the challenges of the 21st century, pushing back boundaries and shaping society. Africa2020 aims to showcase a connected, vibrant and fast-changing Africa. It will shine a spotlight on the vitality of the continent and create opportunities for emerging talent – actors of change – to express their aspirations and their full potential. “As I see it, the youth of the today are the leaders of tomorrow. Through their innovations, ideas, thoughts and creations, they can be drivers of change,” said N’Goné Fall.
Total Foundation Supports the Africa2020 Season
Total Foundation has chosen to become a patron of Africa2020 because its social ambition intersects with its own commitments to fostering dialogue among different cultures, empowering young people and promoting regional vitality in its host communities. Total has been active in Africa for more than 90 years, operating today in 43 countries with nearly 13,000 employees. The continent occupies a privileged place in the Group’s history and has played a key role in its development. But beyond financial objectives, our aim is to help promote African cultures and enhance their influence.