Art Talk: A Conversation Between Julie Mehretu and Mehret Mandefro

Julie Mehretu, the World renown Ethiopia-born artist, is the creator of the 20th BMW Art Car, which is set to make its official world premiere in Paris on May 21, 2024. (Photo: courtesy BMW Group)

Tadias Magazine

Updated: April 27th, 2024

New York (TADIAS) — Artist Julie Mehretu and producer Mehret Mandefro are slated to hold an engaging conversation facilitated by the Realness Institute, in Cannes, France next month.

Julie is the creative force behind the 20th BMW Art Car, set to make its official world premiere at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on May 21, 2024.

The discussion, as announced, will center on “building artist-led collectives that prioritize fellowship and knowledge sharing as avenues to empowerment,” showcasing initiatives such as the Pan African Translocal Media Workshop, a collaborative effort involving Realness, the artist-founded residency Denniston Hill, and BMW. Moderated by Dr. Thomas Girst, Head of Cultural Engagement at BMW Group, this conversation promises to delve into the intersection of art, community, and social change.

Following its unveiling, the 20th BMW Art Car will embark on a global tour, captivating audiences in museums and art platforms across the world. As emphasized by the BMW Group’s Cultural Engagement office in its press release, Julie Mehretu’s artistic vision transcends the confines of the vehicle itself.

A pivotal aspect of the project is the PanAfricanTranslocal Media Workshop Series, slated to continue the collaboration between Julie Mehretu and BMW in 2025. Teaming up with Mehret Mandefro, an Emmy-nominated producer and co-founder of the Realness Institute, Mehretu will lead workshops in eight African cities over nine months, providing a platform for artists to connect, exchange ideas, and collaborate. The culmination of these workshops will be showcased alongside the 20th BMW Art Car at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town.

An essential partner in realizing this ambitious program is the artist residency Denniston Hill in Upstate New York, founded in 2004 by Julie Mehretu, Lawrence Chua, and Paul Pfeiffer.

Julie Mehretu’s selection to design the 20th BMW Art Car in 2018, endorsed by a jury of esteemed representatives from the international art world, underscores her exceptional talent and creative vision.

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