In a captivating blend of artistic expressions, Galerie Gomis in Brussels, in collaboration with the renowned David Hill Gallery in London, invites art enthusiasts and cultural connoisseurs to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing world of “Intersections of African Youth.” Running from September 7 to October 28, 2023, this exhibition unveils a mesmerizing tapestry of creativity and identity, juxtaposing two perspectives that celebrate the essence of timeless African emergence.
At the heart of this extraordinary artistic endeavor is the visionary curator and founder of Galerie Gomis, Marie Gomis-Trezise. Born into a Senegalese family in the vibrant northern districts of Marseille, France, Marie’s journey into the art world was an unconventional one. As France’s first Black A&R (Artists and Repertoire) professional in a major record company, Marie Gomis-Trezise carved a niche for herself by not only shaping the sound of artists but also their visual identity.
It was through this dual role that Marie discovered her profound passion for photography, and this discovery marked the inception of her mission to spotlight a new wave of photographers from the African diaspora and the global South. In 2016, she established Galerie Number 8, a space that would go on to become a beacon for emerging artists seeking to share their unique perspectives with the world.
However, as time marches forward, so too does the evolution of our personal and professional journeys. Galerie Number 8 has completed its chapter in the story of Marie Gomis-Trezise’s vision, and a new phase has begun. The gallery now finds its physical manifestation in the heart of Brussels, aptly renamed “Galerie Gomis” in homage to its founder. This transformation signifies Marie’s unwavering commitment to her mission while acknowledging the ever-changing nature of our individual and collective identities.
The choice of the color purple for the gallery’s rebranding carries a profound symbolism. It harkens to the enigmatic beauty of rain, reminding us that hidden beneath the surface, there are facets of our identities that are not always visible. This color is a testament to the belief that our individuality transcends labels such as race, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. It encourages us to embrace our differences, recognizing them as threads woven into the rich tapestry of humanity’s profound diaspora.
“Intersections of African Youth” is a testament to the power of art in bridging the gaps between generations and cultures. The exhibition brings together two exceptional photographers, Sanlé Sory and Kyle Weeks, born in different eras, but united by their profound appreciation for the African youth.
Sanlé Sory, born in 1943, captures the vibrant spirit of African youth in the decades gone by. His photographs offer a unique window into the exuberance and optimism of a generation coming of age in a time of change and transformation.
In contrast, Kyle Weeks, born in 1992, represents the contemporary African youth. His lens explores the multifaceted identities and aspirations of a new generation, defined by its creativity, resilience, and unyielding spirit.
As visitors wander through the galleries of Galerie Gomis, they are invited to embark on a visual journey through time and space, guided by these two remarkable photographers. “Intersections of African Youth” serves as a reminder that creativity knows no bounds and that identity is a dynamic force continually shaped by our experiences and interactions.
In the heart of Brussels, Galerie Gomis is not merely a space for art; it is a testament to the ever-evolving tapestry of human existence. The gallery’s rebranding to Galerie Gomis and the exhibition “Intersections of African Youth” underscore the enduring importance of celebrating diversity and embracing the myriad ways in which we intersect as individuals and as a global community.
For those seeking to explore the captivating worlds captured by Sanlé Sory and Kyle Weeks, “Intersections of African Youth” is an unmissable journey into the heart of creativity, identity, and the ever-evolving essence of Africa’s youth.
For inquiries and further information, please contact Marie Gomis-Trezise at email@example.com or visit Galerie Gomis at Rue Lebeau, 25 – 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique.