Cadernos de Africa


15 piles of 1000 black and white newsprints on light paper, six exhibiting makeshift tables, and two metal cans

Variable dimensions

Paulo Nazareth's work is based on walking and the origins of slavery. Wearing flip-flops, he follows in the footsteps of the Africans who were shipped to the colonies. Walking from Johannesburg to Lyon in 2013, he gradually collected material testimonies of his journey. The artist walked the same road the slaves took and dressed like them.

The pictures in his notebooks attest to an experience lived in the manner of an ethnologist and show the log of a journey to Africa. Exhibited in a market stall during the 2018 "Debout !" ("Stand Up!") show at the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes, the photographs-posters were on sale for three euros. The proceeds from the sales were donated to the Centre Communal d'Action Sociale de Rennes on behalf of SolidaRen.

In this singular work, Nazareth created a trailblazing narrative mode strongly imbued with a political dimension.
  • Debout !

    Couvent des Jacobins