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Alliance Gallery French Botafogo opens exhibition 'Chandelier Kitihawa’

On the occasion of the Day of Black Consciousness, the French Alliance presents the exhibition "Chandelier Kitihawa", French award-winning photographer Nicolas Henry, a story in pictures, on the global history of slavery, that goes between Africa and the Americas.

Between fiction and reality, shows identifies black heroes of decolonization and enters into force, the resilience of men, women and children in the face of adversity, the search for a just and egalitarian society

The exhibition is open at the Gallery Botafogo French Alliance, from 21 November to 29 February 2020. Free entrance!

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A French Alliance Gallery Botafogo opens on Thursday, day 21 th November of 2019, to 19 hours, the exhibition "Chandelier Kitihawa”, the award-winning French photographer Nicolas Henry.

Chandelier Kitihawa"It is a tale in images on the global history of slavery, that goes between Africa and the Americas. A thorough historical survey to identify the black heroes of decolonization, the pain caused, utopias and the African exemplary contribution to humanity.

The story takes on a universal resonance from the historical solidarity between the natives and the african-Americans. The series proposed by Nicolas celebrates the strength and resilience of men, women and children in the face of adversity and highlights the importance of recognizing the history of each other, in order to achieve a peaceful and harmonious coexistence.

The title of the show recalls Kitihawa, forgotten in history, daughter of Amerindian chief Potawatomi and wife of settler Jean Baptiste Pointe-Du-Sable, founder of Chicago. The project was supported by the city of Chicago and the Illinois Art Council, and it was created for the DuSable Museum of African American History, which hosted an exhibition in 2017 curated by Tiphanie Babinet.

According to the project Chandelier Kitihawa, under construction, the artist wants to reintroduce important heroes in the struggle for emancipation in the Americas and Africa. As an echo of history, to talk about the world today, where inequality, violence and poverty still marks the daily lives of minorities.

Henry combines community involvement and personal expression with photography, the technique theater, the film lighting and set design support and handmade. The result is a series of photographic tales that obscure the line between fiction and reality, all attesting to the importance of appreciating cultural diversity in our quest for a just and egalitarian society.

"All cultures are different, but humanity is one community, sharing values, a past and a future. All people are different, and it is a force for all companies, for creativity and innovation. exist 7 billions of forms of "human being", but we are together as members of the same family, all different, but also seeking respect for the rights and dignity. "

UNESCO's message moves the narrative work of Henry, that honor the courage of those who deal with the consequences of major historical events up to the present day. The series seeks to instigate compassion of the public and inspire action for change. in addition to the 54 the project that will be projected images, the artist will bring a dozen printed fabric for the exhibition with the French Alliance.

The project provided a creative platform where participants were able to exchange ideas, meet the challenges faced by their communities and express their hopes and ideas for the future.

About the artist

Formado na School of Fine Arts in Paris, Nicolas Henry It is an award winning photographer, director, French producer and artist, known for creating participatory works that reveal the personal and collective stories of communities around the world. His personal style moves between portraits, theater and art installations. His work has been exhibited in several countries, such as Germany, United States, South Korea and Argentina.

Only livro “Imaginary Cabins around the world - World´s in the making”, about his series of portraits of ancestors around the world, chamada "cabins of our grandparents", on more than forty countries communities, It was published in 2016 and he won the literary prize "Prix Méditerranée du livre d'art" in 2017.

About the Alliance Française

With 134 years of activities in Brazil, the French Alliance is a reference in the language and doubtless, the most respected institution and known the world, when it comes to the spread of the French language and Francophone cultures. Has, currently, more than 830 units 132 countries, where they study about 500.000 students. In France, it has schools and cultural centers for foreign students. Brazil has the world's largest network of French Alliances with 37 associations and 68 units.

It is the only institution in Brazil authorized by the Embassy of France, to apply the tests that give access to international diplomas DELF and DALF, recognized by the French Ministry of National Education. The Alliance Française is also official examination centre for international testing validity of two years TCF (The French Knowledge Test) TEF and Canadian (French Assessment Test) and the national test valid for one year Capes (recognized by agencies CAPES and CNPq MEC).

The Alliance Française in Brazil develops partnerships with numerous French and Brazilian companies, In addition to being an essential actor of franco-Brazilian cultural dialogue.

The Alliance Française of Rio de Janeiro offers 25% discount on all regular courses, workshops, Seniors, among others for state and municipal employees of Rio de Janeiro.

Event: Exhibition "Chandelier Kitihawa" of French photographer Nicolas Henry
Local: The Alliance Française gallery – Rua Muniz Barreto, 746, Botafogo
Vernissage with the artist's presence: 21 th November of 2019 (Thursday), at 19h
show closing: 29 February 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 2ª a 6ª, from 10:00 to 7:00 pm – Sat, from 08h to 12h
Free entry.

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