MOVART is the story of a leap of faith taken by its founder, Janire Bilbao, in 2011. During a professional visit to Luanda, Janire met a vibrant group of Angolan artists whose artistic processes manifested their disagreements to the distressing and complex social realities, celebrated their “angolanity” and referenced their rich historical and cultural heritage – while asserted their position within global and politicized narratives. Janire promised to create an international platform to promote such work and create synergies between artists from various parts of the world.
Beginning as a concept of experimental itinerant exhibitions at 2014, the Movart Gallery presented large-scale installations, paintings, performances and video artwork of contemporary African artists, in a series of sixteen exhibitions in alternative locations in Luanda and abroad. From unconventional abandoned buildings to emblematic institutional “white cubes”– these events attracted art enthusiasts, collectors, international visitors and an interested audience to familiarize themselves with the local artistic scene. Given the positive reaction of the local market, it was obvious the need for a permanent exposure space.
The Movart Gallery – the first commercial gallery in Angola – opened its doors at the beginning of 2017 in the Marginal of Luanda. Having as its most important mission, to ensure that the world knows all that Africa and its diaspora have to offer – not by a notion of “alterity” or exoticism, but because these artists express realities and discourses often invisible, or sub represented, in the international artistic scenario.
Movart has accessed new markets by participating in several art fairs in new York, Miami, Johannesburg, Cape Town and London – all to rapturous reactions from collectors and visitors alike. Showing through events and exhibitions that African contemporary art is not a modism, but a permanent element in the art market, allowing artists to gain the attention and recognition they deserve.
With a focus on Angolan artists, Movart is committed to raising its profile internationally, exposing to a global audience the rich artistic language of a little-known country. The Movart Gallery also intends to be a space for dynamic discussions and innovative contributions on specific issues in Angola and Africa.
Movart believes in the creation of a globalized world, where an increasing expansion of thought and sensibility prevails, so it exposes people to different realities, as it seeks our common humanity and fosters the construction of a more critical look about the world in which we live, and it is in art that finds the essential tool to achieve such ideals. *
* This text was built on the basis in a free adaptation of the article written by Paula de Almeida in Art Africa Magazine on the Movart Gallery: Creating Synergies for Africa and the diaspora
Directora Executiva & Sócia
Gestão de Projectos & Sócia
Nelson Ferras Ngola
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