N’Goné Fall has been appointed General Commissioner for France’s Season Africa 2020.
The Senegalese writer and curator won the job at the suggestion of Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and of Françoise Nyssen, France’s Culture Minister.
The series of events known as The SEASON AFRICA 2020 “is an invitation to look, learn and understand the world from an Africain perspective”, the Institut Francais declares in a press release.
“The SEASON AFRICA 2020 is initiated by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, and will take place over six months from June 2020 in metropolitan France and in its overseas regions and territories”, the statement adds.
Fall is a graduate of the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, who combines visual art curatorship with extensive intellectual essay writing and consultancy in cultural policies.
She has been the editorial director of the contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire (Paris) from 1994 to 2001. She edited several publications on visual arts in Africa including Anthology of African Art : the twentieth century (Revue Noire 2001) ; Photographers from Kinshasa (Revue Noire 2001) ; Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography (Revue Noire 1998). As a consultant in cultural policies, she is the author of strategic plans, orientation programmes and evaluation reports for governments as well as for national and international cultural institutions in Africa, Europe, the USA and the Caribbean.
N’Goné Fall was associate professor on the Cultural Industries Master programme at the Université Senghor in Alexandria in Egypt (2007-2011). She has also taught on the Curating the Archives programmes at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts of Cape Town in South Africa (2017), and in the Arts and Culture department of the Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey in Niger (2018).
She has curated numerous exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the USA. She was a guest curator at the Bamako Photography Encounters in 2001 and at the Dakar Contemporary Art Biennial in 2002. Her last major project, in Denmark in 2016, wich was inspired by the famous novel Things Fall Apart by the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.
N’Goné Fall is a co-founder of the Dakar-based collective GawLab, a research and production platform for art in the urban space and digital technologies applied to artistic creation.
The SEASON AFRICA 2020 in France will be operated by the Institut français, a public agency in charge of implementing France’s cultural action abroad. It is supervised by both the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and The Ministry of Culture, and actively contributes to France’s diplomacy of influence. Its projects and programme rely on a unique capacity for roll-out thanks to the vast network created by the cultural services of French embassies, the Instituts français and Alliances françaises located in all five continents