RAVY Festival, Yaoundé Visual Art Reunion, Cameroun, April 2010

Written by Irene Gaoud Monday, April 26th, 2010

The occasion was the Festival of Visual Arts Meetings, which ended April 24 last. 21 visual artists from France, Nigeria, Japan, Holland, Germany and Cameroon met from 21 to 24 April 2010 in Yaounde at the Festival of Visual Arts Meetings (Ravy). In this second edition of the festival that runs Fokou Serge Olivier, the focus is the installation of the Nigerian Amarachi Okafor. The visual artist has not gone through the bush to show that “in Cameroon, access to information is like getting a treasure on the moon.”

Thursday, April 22, 2010, it has been a great curiosity at the Cultural Centre Francois Villon, Yaounde. Amarachi Okafor presented “Cover Story”, a sort of newspapers packed in transparent plastic bags. The artist has posed the problem of access to information sources and the distance between the rulers and the people. She explained that the plastic that covers the newspaper prevents reading the information that claims to make available to the public. For Amarachi Okafor, “We want to show that in Cameroon, as elsewhere in Africa, corporate information is never accessible to the people. Now you’re thirsty to know what is happening around us. ” Unfortunately, she regrets, everything is so blurred that the public finds it hard to take what is good.”