AKAA

First launched in 2016, AKAA, whose acronym stands for Also Known As Africa, positions itself as the leading fair dedicated to artists from Africa and its diaspora in France. This rendez-vous awaited by art lovers, is held annually in conjunction with a rich and dynamic cultural week in the French capital, the place to be for the art world international community. Over the years, AKAA has remained true to its original vision, an invitation to discover artists who claim a link in their practice to the African continent. A contemporary look at these artistic scenes that goes beyond geographical borders, open to dialog, discovery and wonder without clichés or preconceptions. Thus, to accompany the artistic projects of its exhibitors, AKAA has created Les Rencontres, a cultural platform within the fair where artists, curators, thinkers, art professionals and visitors may express themselves and debate publicly. Through a rich program of conferences, screenings, performances and readings, Les Rencontres AKAA invites each and everyone to reflect on questions related to current artistic issues and the art market in Africa. For its seventh edition, the fair returns to the Carreau du Temple with new dates, October 20-23, 2022, to once again celebrate the contemporary art scenes of Africa and Paris.

Lee Cavaliere

Victoria Mann shares her views!

Director AKAA – Art and Design Fairr

AKAA 2024: October, 18-20

Location

Carreau du temple
4 rue Eugène Spuller
75003 Paris
France

Art Periods

Contemporary

Contact

contact@akaafair.com
Website

Ceramic Brussels

Insights AKAA

Lee Cavaliere

Victoria Mann

Director AKAA – Art and Design Fair

What would you say is the DNA of AKAA?

Over the years, AKAA has remained true to its original vision, an invitation to discover artists who claim a link in their practice to the African continent. A contemporary look at these artistic scenes that goes beyond geographical borders, open to dialog, discovery and wonder without clichés or preconceptions. AKAA is a space for artists, art professionals, art collectors and lovers to meet, exchange and contribute to the rise and strength of contemporary art from Africa and beyond on the French and international market place.

What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?

Our exhibitors are selected by a committee of art professionals whose knowledge and experience of these art scenes allow each year for a selection of galleries with cutting edge programs and exhibition projects for the fair. Over the past editions, AKAA has forged its place in the fair calendar as unmissable for high quality and discovery.

What is the price range of pieces? Who is the average buyer?

A wide range of prices are available, catering to different types of buyers, from first acquisitions to established and renowned art collections. We’ve seen artists being acquired by private and public collections as well as young collectors and spontaneous buyers being able to indulge in a “coup de coeur” as we say in french.

“AKAA is a space for artists, art professionals, art collectors and lovers to dialog, encounter, and contribute to the rise and strength of contemporary art scenes from Africa and beyond.”

VOLTA Basel

AKAA © Teller Report

Who is the typical attendee of AKAA?

We welcome many different types of visitors, and that melting pot of attendees is part of what makes AKAA one of the most dynamic and pleasant fairs to attend. We welcome collectors, institutions and art professionals form all over France, Europe and the world. AKAA is on their calendars as a place of reunion and networking. First time visitors venture to AKAA and often end up staying longer than planned. And of course, AKAA would not be what it is without the many artists from all over who show up all fair week long and are eager to speak of their work and share with our visitors.

What strategy – physical as digital – will you adopt in medium to long term?

I believe it is most important to keep finding balance between physical and digital. Though I don’t believe the arts can thrive solely on digital presentation, virtual solutions are today a real added value to the physical experience, and that is exactly what we seek to offer. Every edition strives to be more and more accessible while encouraging our visitor-ship to enhance their physical connection with the art through digital solutions, such as our online Viewing Rooms, which open a few days before the fair and stay online until the end of November.

What are two other art fairs you would suggest?

Felix Art Fair and Untitled Miami are a couple of my favorites.

You May Be Interested In

Knokke Art Fair
1-54 New York

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held in New York, London and Marrakech, is the only art fair dedicated to contemporary African art in the primary market.

Knokke Art Fair
MENART FAIR

MENART FAIR is the first international modern and contemporary art fair dedicated to artists from the Middle East and North Africa., which takes place in Europe

Knokke Art Fair
1-54 Marrakech

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech offers a wide variety of mediums and showcases 18 top international galleries. 1-54 is also present in London and in New York.

Knokke Art Fair
100% Design South Africa

100% Design South Africa is London edition’s little sister which aims to promote design in the continent. It gathers professionals and collectors around the lastest trends.

Full article about Photo London 2024 now available on artfairmag.com!
@photolondonfair 

#photolondon #artfair #photography #exciting #artshow #exhibition #art #contemporaryart

Full article about Photo London 2024 now available on artfairmag.com!
@photolondonfair

#photolondon #artfair #photography #exciting #artshow #exhibition #art #contemporaryart
...

111 8
@andigaldi presented by @erikadeakgallery at @photolondonfair 2024. I like the way the artist talks about important issues with a cynical and ironic tone of voice, using artworks mixing photography, drawing, writing. 
@hin_art 

Pink suit by @lapetiteetoileparis 

#andivaldivinko #contemporarycurated #contemporaryart #contemporaryphotography #photooftheday #photography

@andigaldi presented by @erikadeakgallery at @photolondonfair 2024. I like the way the artist talks about important issues with a cynical and ironic tone of voice, using artworks mixing photography, drawing, writing.
@hin_art

Pink suit by @lapetiteetoileparis

#andivaldivinko #contemporarycurated #contemporaryart #contemporaryphotography #photooftheday #photography
...

277 10
@sundaramtagore at @photolondonfair 2024. Founder Sundaram Tagore presents @karen1knorr’s work.

#photolondon #contemporaryphotography #photographer #karenknorr #karenknorrphotographer #karenknorrphotography

@sundaramtagore at @photolondonfair 2024. Founder Sundaram Tagore presents @karen1knorr’s work.

#photolondon #contemporaryphotography #photographer #karenknorr #karenknorrphotographer #karenknorrphotography
...

662 40
@bildhalle at @photolondonfair 2024. Founder Mirjam Cavegn discuss the painting-like photography of Dutch artist @ilona.langbroek.

Pink suit by @lapetiteetoileparis 
#photolondon #ilonalangbroek #femalephotographer #contemporaryphoto #photographer #photooftheday #photography

@bildhalle at @photolondonfair 2024. Founder Mirjam Cavegn discuss the painting-like photography of Dutch artist @ilona.langbroek.

Pink suit by @lapetiteetoileparis
#photolondon #ilonalangbroek #femalephotographer #contemporaryphoto #photographer #photooftheday #photography
...

1009 41
@leilahellergallery at @photolondonfair 2024. @ella.schwartz presents the aerial photos by @dianetuft. 

#photolondon #dianetuft #photographer #aerialphoto #photooftheday #photolover #contemporaryphoto #leilahellergallery

@leilahellergallery at @photolondonfair 2024. @ella.schwartz presents the aerial photos by @dianetuft.

#photolondon #dianetuft #photographer #aerialphoto #photooftheday #photolover #contemporaryphoto #leilahellergallery
...

593 29
@galerie_magnin_a at @photolondonfair 2024. @philippe.boutte presents me a series of photos from ´The Anonymous Project’ by @omar_viktor and @lee.shulman, showcased by two galleries: Magnin-A and Binome. 
@galeriebinome 

Pink suit by @lapetiteetoileparis

#omarvictordiop #leeshulman #contemporaryphoto #photography #photographer #artproject #artphotography #photolondon

@galerie_magnin_a at @photolondonfair 2024. @philippe.boutte presents me a series of photos from ´The Anonymous Project’ by @omar_viktor and @lee.shulman, showcased by two galleries: Magnin-A and Binome.
@galeriebinome

Pink suit by @lapetiteetoileparis

#omarvictordiop #leeshulman #contemporaryphoto #photography #photographer #artproject #artphotography #photolondon
...

433 23
📣Upcoming ‘1 minute in the booth’ at @photolondonfair 2024:
• @leilahellergallery 
• @bildhalle 
• @galerie_magnin_a 
• @erikadeakgallery 
• @sundaramtagore 

#photolondon #photo #artfair #photography #photooftheday #photoeveryday #artgallery

📣Upcoming ‘1 minute in the booth’ at @photolondonfair 2024:
• @leilahellergallery
• @bildhalle
• @galerie_magnin_a
• @erikadeakgallery
• @sundaramtagore

#photolondon #photo #artfair #photography #photooftheday #photoeveryday #artgallery
...

105 6
@photolondonfair 2024. I’ve been very happy to explore for the first time this fair dedicated to photography which is celebrating its 9th edition at Somerset House.

My shopping lists includes:
• @andigaldi at @erikadeakgallery 
• @omar_viktor at @galerie_magnin_a 
• @cihanoncu at @dirimart 
• @valerie_belin.officiel at @galerieobadia 

Thank you @lapetiteetoileparis for the stunning pink suit 💕

#photolondon #contemporaryphotography #contemporaryphoto #photolover #photography #photographer #contemporaryart #somersethouse

@photolondonfair 2024. I’ve been very happy to explore for the first time this fair dedicated to photography which is celebrating its 9th edition at Somerset House.

My shopping lists includes:
• @andigaldi at @erikadeakgallery
• @omar_viktor at @galerie_magnin_a
• @cihanoncu at @dirimart
• @valerie_belin.officiel at @galerieobadia

Thank you @lapetiteetoileparis for the stunning pink suit 💕

#photolondon #contemporaryphotography #contemporaryphoto #photolover #photography #photographer #contemporaryart #somersethouse
...

1526 70
Laura Lati’s full review about Frieze Art Week 2024 is now available on artfairmag.com 🙌🏻
@art_infatuated_laura @friezeofficial @newartdealers @futurefairs 

#friezeartweek #newyorkart #newyorkartweek #frieze #frieze2024 #contemporaryart #newyork #artlover

Laura Lati’s full review about Frieze Art Week 2024 is now available on artfairmag.com 🙌🏻
@art_infatuated_laura @friezeofficial @newartdealers @futurefairs

#friezeartweek #newyorkart #newyorkartweek #frieze #frieze2024 #contemporaryart #newyork #artlover
...

189 9
In conversation with @ravellepillay, a talented young artist from South Africa, represented by @goodman_gallery. Ravelle is known for exploring colonial legacies. She discussed her blend of figuration and abstraction, drawing from personal and national archives. Despite challenges, she remains committed to making a positive impact on the art scene. 

#ravellepillay #southafrican #southafricanart #southafricanartist #africanart #contemporaryafricanart

In conversation with @ravellepillay, a talented young artist from South Africa, represented by @goodman_gallery. Ravelle is known for exploring colonial legacies. She discussed her blend of figuration and abstraction, drawing from personal and national archives. Despite challenges, she remains committed to making a positive impact on the art scene. 

#ravellepillay #southafrican #southafricanart #southafricanartist #africanart #contemporaryafricanart
...

196 12
My article about @urbanartfair 2024. Dive into the 8th edition of this article fair dedicated to urban art.

#urbanartfair #urbanart #streetart #jefaerosol #arturbain #invader #bleklerat #misstic #levalet

My article about @urbanartfair 2024. Dive into the 8th edition of this article fair dedicated to urban art.

#urbanartfair #urbanart #streetart #jefaerosol #arturbain #invader #bleklerat #misstic #levalet
...

611 23
@friezeofficial New York by @art_infatuated_laura for @artfairmag. Laura’s picks include:

• @h.ollyh.endry at @stephenfriedmangallery 
• @kenpricestudio_official at @xavierhufkens 
• @jesse_wine at @themoderninstitute 
• @studiotomassaraceno at @tanyabonakdargallery 

#frieze #friezenewyork #friezeweek #friezeartweek #kenprice #jessewine #tomassaraceno #hollyhendry

@friezeofficial New York by @art_infatuated_laura for @artfairmag. Laura’s picks include:

• @h.ollyh.endry at @stephenfriedmangallery
• @kenpricestudio_official at @xavierhufkens
• @jesse_wine at @themoderninstitute
• @studiotomassaraceno at @tanyabonakdargallery

#frieze #friezenewyork #friezeweek #friezeartweek #kenprice #jessewine #tomassaraceno #hollyhendry
...

344 36