Founded in 2021, the objective of BLAACKBOX is to advocate a varied program that reflects the cutting-edge diversity of contemporary art by artists of African origin.
As believers in the idea that art can contribute to change, the gallery focuses on artistic practices which challenge our perception of the world. By supporting the evolving practices of established and emerging artists, BLAACKBOX puts a priority on highlighting the vantage point of Brussels as a nucleus for artists from Africa and the Diaspora. From Brussels we establish nomad collaborations beyond the region, in Geneva, Miami, Antwerp, Brussels and Paris.
BLAACKBOX was born from the idea that Brussels could become a contemporary kern for African art, through its vantage situation at the crossroads between Paris, London, Köln and Amsterdam and its unique air-gateway to Africa. The international city offers attractive rent, plenty of art studio space, a genuinely multicultural DNA and strong institutional support for the arts and culture.
A larger African art nomad project co-founded by Klaus Pas (based in Antwerp), Thiemoko Claude Diarra (based in Brussels) and Bayunga Kialeuka (based in Miami), BLAACKBOX is the common vision of a team of three very singular views on the African art scene, which through its exhibitions plans on recording live African art history.