Africa… & the others 54 countries: Focus on South Africa

UAE Business, UAE Business, 18 January 2020

24th, January 2020 – 28th, February 2020


Akka Project Dubai

The third edition of  “Africa & the other 54 countries” the series wants to celebrate separately each African country for its diversity and singularity through their arts and culture.


South Africa, so called the Rainbow nation due to its cultural and ethnic diversity.

Is a country with a contemporary art scene as diverse and vibrant as the cultures within.

The opening event will take place on January 24th from 4 to 9pm, taking part of the annual Quoz Arts Fest involving the neighborhood and promoted by Alserkal Avenue.

South Africa means also Braai! Chef Swana from KIZA – a Dubai based restaurant, specialized in pan African cuisine – will prepare Braai on this occasion.

While our partner Lightfoot travel – specialized in tailor-made luxury holidays – will tell us everything we need to know about traveling and exploring the country.

Join us and share the vibrant energy of this amazing county: South Africa.



The exhibition brings together a group of artists from various backgrounds, distinct in their style, expertise and explored themes. South African ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture that is perceived in the fascinating selection of artistic expressions evident in contemporary art scene

Janko de Beer

Linda Hollier

Lindi Badenhorst

Lizelle Engelbrecht

Mariska Nell

South Africa is the southernmost country on the African continent, renowned for its varied topography, great natural beauty, and cultural diversity, all of which have made the country a favoured destination for travelers.

Due to the variety of artist backgrounds  the country witnessed a great diversity in art – ranging from landscape painting to abstract art. Engagement with European and American currents get along with a fiercely local sense of traditions and belonging.

One example of the diverse essences of South Africa is the worldwide recognized artist William Kentridge. He is a versatile artist whose work combines political and poetic. His works cover topics such as apartheid, colonialism and totalitarianism, accompanied by dreamlike parts, lyrical nuances or comic pieces.

South Africa is also the location of the Zeitz MOCAA museum, a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum that collects, preserves, researches and exhibits 21st-century art from Africa and its diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding, and guarantees access for all.



Focus on Mozambique

26.5.2019 – 30.11.2019

Akka Project Venezia

Participating artists: Mohamed Amin, Moira Forjaz, Mario Macilau, Samuel Djive, Rodrigo Mabunda, Santos Mabunda, Jemmiro Belmiro Jemusse

Focus on Kenya 

15.12.2018- 30.01.2019

Alserkal Avenue, part of Contemporary Africa Serie

Participating artists: Cyrus Kabiru, Kaloki Nyamai, David Thuku, Boniface Maina, Michael Musyoka, Peteros Ndunde, Lemek Tompoika, Dennis Muraguri, Patti Endo, Lincoln Mwangi

Focus on Ethiopia
17.03.2018- 21.04.2018
Akka Project Dubai
Participating  artists: Yosef Lule, Nahosenay Negussie, Brook Yeshitila, Workneh Bezu, Henok Ayele, Dawit Tefera and Adiy Ashete



Since its beginnings in the early 2014th Akka Project, previously knowns as Create Hub Gallery, has been focused on promoting and presenting Contemporary Art from Africa, first from its gallery in Dubai and since February 2019 in Venice as well.

Our galleries showcase a vast selection of paintings where every piece is carefully selected from the most fascinating emerging artists in Africa. We make sure every art piece conveys a personal journey of the artist that is guaranteed to transfer you to where it all started. Our commitment in promoting Arts from Africa is felt in all exhibitions, where the engagement part is always welcome to accommodate the vast and very different public.

Beyond just a gallery, AKKA Project presents multidimensional exhibitions and immersive art experiences throughout the year.