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Jean Loup Pivin
Interviewed by Jean Loup Pivin.
Alpha O. Konaré was at this moment président of the ICCROM-UNESCO, after being minister of Culture and before being first elected Président of Mali
- Jean Loup Pivin - Africa is today on a turning-point of his history. It is breaking with dictatorships and oligarchies, often amid suffering and disorder. The question of "what future" remains open : what Africa and what Africas for what tomorrow with what identity, at a time when culture has become a world wide phenomenon ? Where will artistic creation have its place in all this upset : will it continue to be essentially a foil for people in power (in which case, the talent-drain will continue), or will it assume a real place in national development ? If so, what place ?
Alpha Oumar Konaré - This historian, president of ICOM, a former Minister of Culture who, during his time in office (two years at the beginning of the 80's) gave real freedom of expression to his country, Mali, and then joined the opposition, setting up a cultural cooperative which published newspapers, Jamana and Les Echos to name two of them. These papers had a decisive influence in the fall of President Moussa Traoré. Alpha Oumar Konaré is today the leader of the Adema party which has brought together some of the liveliest minds in Mali today.
Jean Loup Pivin
Because the writing was intended primarily literary - as a form - few have understood the challenge that contained the form itself of Revue Noire. As if those who "read" Revue Noire could not read the simple fact that the forms without comments indicated in themselves the challenge of the comment : today we understand better the choices of many curators who need talkative artists to understand their works. Hence, over time, the strengthening of our doubts about the critical capacity of art history to look at contemporary expressions of other worlds. It's not because Western history of Western art was dismissed that it was also denied, unequivocally knowing that our own eyes were those fed by this Western history.Read more...