Madagascar has welcomed its new Hakanto Contemporary gallery in Antananarivo with an exhibit celebrating local artists in a space committed to contemporary art.
The “Here We Reach All the Dreams of the World” exhibit opening showcased Malagasy dancers, musicians, writers, designers, and chefs, in a dedication of the 300 square meter space that will be devoted to the island nation’s art and culture, as well as that of international artists.
“This exhibition is an affirmation of the Malagasy contemporary forces in confrontation with the world. From here we reach all the dreams of the world,” said Joël Andrianomearisoa, the artistic director for Hakanto Contemporary.
He is an award-winning native of Antananarivo educated at Institut Métiers Arts Plastiques and École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and has explored fashion, photography, writing, and the visual arts in a full range of materials.
The new gallery was launched by Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, the CEO of Groupe Filatex whose endowment fund supported the project. Groupe Filatex is a Malagasy company focused on renewable energy projects and sustainable development, and sponsored the first-ever Madagascar Pavilion at the Venice Biennale last year.
“I am passionate about the arts and their ability to inspire and educate,” said Yavarhoussen, who especially wants local youth to visit the museum. “In doing so, we hope to encourage the next generation of artists, open minds to new ideas and experiences, and provide examples of what can be achieved through hard work and determination.”