This residency, initiated by former members of the wood workshop of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, confronts the practice of artists working in France with that of local artists. From Dakar to Abidjan, where Cotonou, Togolese and even Beninese artists were present at the invitation of the association Atelier Ati.
They all met in Lomé from 2 to 15 November 2020 to work with creators from France. On this occasion, Mrs Charlotte Ahyi, widow of the great Togolese artist Paul Ahyi, made available to the association the premises of the museum dedicated to the master's work.
The residents of the 2020 edition : Achille Adonon, Amélie Akogonya, Atisso Goha, Clément Ayikoué Gbegno, Da Costa Kwami, Kokou Ferdinand Mokouvia, Juliette Delecour, Richard Late Lawson Body and Yasmine R. Yerima.
The Atelier Ati ("wood" in Ewé) is an association of former students of the Beaux-Arts de Paris whose aim is to meet foreign contemporary artists, to immerse themselves in their practice and working conditions, to discover their way of conceiving a work and its diffusion.
To do this, Atelier Ati organises ArtMéssiamé (a play on words with "améssiamé", "everyone" in mina, meaning "art for everyone") sees itself as a platform for exchanges on contemporary art and its practices between artists from the Beaux-Arts de Paris and artists from the African continent.
Photo credit: © Marty de Montereau / Be My Guest production courtesy Atelier Ati