Project Description

the state of L3

The State of L3 was a Pan African art collective (2009-2015) based in Amsterdam, Dakar and Recife. Migration, or the condition of being a subject beyond borders, has always represented one of the most productive resources of aesthetic practices, contributing to the changing of settled cultures. Our Pan African symbiotic research focuses on the issue of Pan African space and migration from very different perspectives, in order to explore what Mieke Bal (2010) has recently defined as “migratory aesthetics”, that is “the current cultural and aesthetic moment in view of the merging of cultures”.

We seek new means of communication, a new experience on the track that previous generations have left behind and a new interpretation of the concept of African identity. Therefore, The State of L3 directs its attention at the artists and their background as a source of inspiration and knowledge to form new images of universal communication. The State of L3 is a transatlantic journal, an exchange of collective memories. With this project, The State of L3 is designed to obtain a portrait of artistic symbiosis between three different cultures, with something in common: a strong sense of African origins.

A selection of the group exhibitions can be found on this page. Also see Ancestral Blues.

artists : Cisco merel (Panama/Fr)
Rodolfo Macía (Panama)
José Castrellón (Panama)
Folly Teko (Togo/NL)
Jessica de Abreu (Suriname/NL)
Kafui Awoonor (Ghana/NL)
Neil Fortune (Suriname/NL)
Giordana Jansen Perret-Gentil (Curacao/NL)
Raul Balai (Suriname/NL)
Raquel van Haver (Colombia/Fr)
Antonio Jose Guzman (Panama/NL)
Abdulaye Armin Kane (Senegal)
Felipe Peres Calheiros (Brasil)
Papa Adama (Burkina Faso/NL)
Ton van Beers (NL)
Leroy Sankes (Surinam/NL)
Fleur Ouwerkerk (NL)
Beto Figueirôa (Brasil)
Luca Barreto (Brasil)
Mateus Sá (Brasil)
Edduin Gonzalez (Panama/Fr)
Siri Driessen (NL)
Lars Borm (NL)
Jean Henry Lopez (Senegal)
Quinsy Gario (Curacao/NL)
Abdel kader Diakhate (Senegal)
Mansour Kane (Senegal)
Papis kanoute Ndiaye (Senegal)
Ibrahima Ba (Senegal)
Janayna Cavalcante (Brasil)
Edymarilhiany Tozer (Brasil)
Karine Mirelle (Brasil)
Thúlio Nascimento (Brasil)
Ana Lira (Brasil)

artists : Cisco merel (Panama/Fr)
Rodolfo Macía (Panama)
José Castrellón (Panama)
Folly Teko (Togo/NL)
Jessica de Abreu (Suriname/NL)
Kafui Awoonor (Ghana/NL)
Neil Fortune (Suriname/NL)
Giordana Jansen Perret-Gentil (Curacao/NL)
Raul Balai (Suriname/NL)
Raquel van Haver (Colombia/Fr)
Antonio Jose Guzman (Panama/NL)
Abdulaye Armin Kane (Senegal)
Felipe Peres Calheiros (Brasil)
Papa Adama (Burkina Faso/NL)
Ton van Beers (NL)
Leroy Sankes (Surinam/NL)
Fleur Ouwerkerk (NL)

Beto Figueirôa (Brasil)
Luca Barreto (Brasil)
Mateus Sá (Brasil)
Edduin Gonzalez (Panama/Fr)
Siri Driessen (NL)
Lars Borm (NL)
Jean Henry Lopez (Senegal)
Quinsy Gario (Curacao/NL)
Abdel kader Diakhate (Senegal)
Mansour Kane (Senegal)
Papis kanoute Ndiaye (Senegal)
Ibrahima Ba (Senegal)
Janayna Cavalcante (Brasil)
Edymarilhiany Tozer (Brasil)
Karine Mirelle (Brasil)
Thúlio Nascimento (Brasil)
Ana Lira (Brasil)

The State of L3 was a Pan African art collective (2009-2015) based in Amsterdam, Dakar and Recife. Migration, or the condition of being a subject beyond borders, has always represented one of the most productive resources of aesthetic practices, contributing to the changing of settled cultures. Our Pan African symbiotic research focuses on the issue of Pan African space and migration from very different perspectives, in order to explore what Mieke Bal (2010) has recently defined as “migratory aesthetics”, that is “the current cultural and aesthetic moment in view of the merging of cultures”.

We seek new means of communication, a new experience on the track that previous generations have left behind and a new interpretation of the concept of African identity. Therefore, The State of L3 directs its attention at the artists and their background as a source of inspiration and knowledge to form new images of universal communication. The State of L3 is a transatlantic journal, an exchange of collective memories. With this project, The State of L3 is designed to obtain a portrait of artistic symbiosis between three different cultures, with something in common: a strong sense of African origins.

A selection of the group exhibitions can be found on this page. Also see Ancestral Blues.

Piertopia
location: Galleri Image, Denmark
on view: April 2011 – May 2011

Parallel Doors of Perception
location: M_HKA, Belgium
on view: November 2010 – January 2011

Parallel Doors of Perception
location: M_HKA, Belgium
on view: November 2010 – January 2011

Mémoires de la Négritude
location: Galerie 23, The Netherlands
on view: June 2010 – July 2010

Présence Africaine
location: Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal
on view: May – June 2010

Présence Africaine
location: Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal
on view: May – June 2010