Kubuni: Comics from Africa(s), an exhibition of African comics featuring the work of 50 artists from 48 African countries, was the centrepiece of the 35th edition of the Bogotá International Book Fair (Filbo)*. The Fair, which ran from April 18 to May 2 at the Corferias exhibition centre, was visited by over 10,000 people.
This bilingual (French-Spanish) adaptation of the Cité de la BD exhibition in Angoulême, created by Joëlle Epée Mandengue - "Elyon's" (director of the Bilili Festival in Brazzaville) and Jean-Philippe Martin (scientific advisor to the Cité de la BD), is currently touring the French cultural network. Thanks to the joint work of the Alliance française de Bogota, the French Embassy in Colombia, the Institut français de Colombie, the Institut français de Paris, the Colombian Book Chamber and Corferias, the exhibition visited Colombia for the first time.
The Kubuni: Comics from Africa(s) exhibition and the presence of its co-curator Joëlle Epée Mandengue (Cameroon) in Bogotá provided a unique opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of African comics and their role as a tool for social transformation, raising awareness of the reality and complexity of African society. These themes resonated with the challenges of promoting Afro-descendant cultures within Colombian society, and with the theme for this 35th edition of the fair: "Roots".
As a continuation of this project, this exhibition will continue to tour several other Colombian cities, in close collaboration with the country's main book fairs and local stakeholders in the publishing chain, particularly from the comics sector. The traditions, customs and contemporary struggles shared by the territories of Africa and Colombia are brought into dialogue through comics and the French language.