Formed in 2018, AFIKARIS gallery started online and became a showroom, before settling down at 38 rue Quincampoix, situated next to Centre Pompidou. The gallery showcases works by artists from Africa and its diaspora and mainly aims to provide their works with international visibility through exhibitions, art fairs and through collaborations with cultural institutions.
The gallery aims to be a place for exchange and dialogue, engaging in conversation with the public. AFIKARIS gives voices to its artists on topical issues as well as subjects at the heart of their art. It is also a space for reflection about the African contemporary art scene. The gallery highlights both emerging and well renowned talents.
The exhibitions underline the synergies existing within the works of the different artists on common themes, whilst echoing modern day issues. This emphasises the multiplicity of the points of view and confronts them. The gallery mainly proposes duo and solo shows to leave room for artists to express themselves. Duo shows initiate a dialogue between two visions of a subject, whilst solo shows are a real carte blanche given to the artist featured.
For certain specific exhibitions, multiple artists have been presented at once, such as the Cameroonian art scene exhibition which took place in Summer 2020.