Tales of a different History


This book is not yet published, but will be available from November 2021.

ISBN: 9782330145101 Category:


Memoria: stories from another History is the idea of a collective memory made up of a myriad of stories, stories, questions and experiences scattered in our individual and personal memories. Revealed here, through the works of artists whose work refers to the (re) construction of a common whole, a universal whole, which renews our look at contemporary creation from Africa and its diasporas.

Featuring fourteen artists who’s work stand out for their desire to move the boundaries of art, to “bring together elsewhere” and to show the diversity of our common individual and ultimately collective histories. The selected works explore painting, textiles, sculpture, video and even performance. They make up a journey that echoes on the one hand a demystified reading of parts of history and commonly disclosed beliefs about the African continent, and on the other hand the way in which the devices of imaginary stories are still in the making. work, particularly in the economic and resource redistribution fields. Through this multiplicity of mediums, the works deliver their essence and show us artists with engaged practice, strong in their narrative power, anchored in their fluctuating geographies and in their time.

By questioning our thought mechanisms, Memoria: stories from another History intends to open a discussion on our ability to renew our knowledge, to listen to different stories and to (re) question stereotypes and received ideas.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21.2 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Actes Sud
Publication date 30 November 2021
Number of pages 112
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.2 x 24.6 cm
Weight 300 g


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Nadine Hounkpatin and Céline Seror are the founders and directors of IAM - Intense Art Magazine, a platform that places the voices of artists at the centre of the art world. Galvanised by the ideas and perspectives that emanate from the contemporary art scenes of Africa and its diasporas, it offers a look into artistic approaches and narratives that seek to shift established structures.