Next Flag was part of a vast international project initiated by Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami, bringing several exhibitions together under one heading: Next Flag. Reexistencia cultural generalizada. The impetus for this project was to offer an approach to contemporary African art which would overlook compulsive post-colonial explanations in favour of a global approach to contemporary art. Current African art was placed on an equal level with Western art, responding to the same problems, constantly redefining itself, and mingling with a multitude of changing destinies.
The exhibition was initially produced from the collection of Hans Bogatzke, one of the first European collectors to take an interest in contemporary African art. The Next Flag exhibition proposed to the BPS22 a large panorama of the most significant personalities in African art and intended to leave the strictly artistic framework to address larger social concerns related to Africa and globalisation. Following this stay in Charleroi, Next Flag was developed further in various locations, notably Casa Camouflage in Brussels, the Casino Luxembourg Contemporary Art Forum, the Migros Museum in Zurich and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Artists: Alvim Fernando, Bidjocka Billy, Boshoff Willem, Cisse Soly, Fourie Abrie, Kendell Geers, Kay Hassan, Kentridge William, Langa Moshekwa, Leye Goddy, Luntumbue Toma Muteba, Mthethwa Zwelethu, N'Dilo Mutima, Mwangi Ingrid, Ntakiyica Aimé, Oguibe Olu, Searle Berni, Shonibare Yinka, Tayou Pascale Marthine, Vari Minette.
Exhibition Curator: Fernando Alvim, Simon Njami and Pierre-Olivier Rollin