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Amawal / Be Glad U R Free

Madrid and A Coruña  |  Spain  | 

Amawal / Be Glad U R Free

At just 33 years of age and already for one decade, Spanish born entrepreneur Jorge Fernandez Vidal has built a diverse and exuberantly colourful collection of Contemporary African Art. Jorge started his collection with photography and has been branching out to painting, sculpture, textiles and papers in recent years, to have already shaped a collection of some 350 artworks.

Jorge follows a very specific selection of artists, entirely acquiring works from those who are African, born in the continent or in the diaspora as second generation Africans. The artists are young and of his generation and he makes a big effort to primarily support emerging artists. This now includes artworks from over 50 artists, across more than 25 African countries. “Baptized” by one of his favorite artists, his collection is known as the “Amawal Collection”.

To mention a few of the Amawal Collection artists, this includes Zanele Muholi, Francisco Vidal, Mario Macilau, Tsoku Maela, Banele Khoza, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Hassan Hajjaj, Lhola Amira and Arlene Wandera. While the artists in the collection are widely positioned, some of them have a strong exhibition track record as participants of international biennales and institutions, such as in the current Venice Biennale (for Madagascar and Mozambique‘s national participation), the Palais du Tokio, the Center Pompidou and the Guggenheim Museum.

It was at the age of 17, that Jorge was first led to West Africa, through founding his own retail business. He started a micro-finance firm that worked mostly with smallholder farmers and a foundation, which is primarily in the agriculture and education sectors. Jorge explains: “after spending some time in Africa (with frequent travel back and forth), I decided to return to Europe to continue my career and studies. Somehow I wanted to stay ‘connected’ to the continent, so I brought home some contemporary art with me, I guess nothing more than a fancy souvenir, to be honest”. It was from that point, that he became more and more engaged with the contemporary art scene in Africa.

For Jorge Fernandez Vida’s very first Online Exhibition with IC, titled “Amawal / Be Glad U R Free”, we share a selection of colourful portraits from the Amawal Collection.

LETSO LEIPEGO, Hope (from the series “Chasing My Past”), 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, Hope (from the series “Chasing My Past”), 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, A sacrifice (from the series “Chasing My Past”), 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, A sacrifice (from the series “Chasing My Past”), 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
OUALID KHELIFI, Defying & Clinging, Yaloke, Central African Republic, 2015. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
OUALID KHELIFI, Defying & Clinging, Yaloke, Central African Republic, 2015. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate I, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate I, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Tanzanian masaai, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Tanzanian masaai, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate IV, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate IV, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
ADAEZE IHEBOM, Untitled (Grandmother), My Little Village Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
ADAEZE IHEBOM, Untitled (Grandmother), My Little Village Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Non-White Only, 2015. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Non-White Only, 2015. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, Heritage (from the series “Chasing My Past”), 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, Heritage (from the series “Chasing My Past”), 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
M. MONYAMANE, Slided Beings (from the series “Serithi”), 2018. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
M. MONYAMANE, Slided Beings (from the series “Serithi”), 2018. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
M. MONYAMANE, Pula (from the series “Serithi”), 2018. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
M. MONYAMANE, Pula (from the series “Serithi”), 2018. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Umbahlo (ikombese), Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Umbahlo (ikombese), Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
WILLIAMS CHECHET, Sani One Blow, We are the North Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
WILLIAMS CHECHET, Sani One Blow, We are the North Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
WILLIAMS CHECHET, Ham, We are the North Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
WILLIAMS CHECHET, Ham, We are the North Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
JD KANNAH, Sape, Sapologie: Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
JD KANNAH, Sape, Sapologie: Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
JD KANNAH, Sape Queen, Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Series, 2015. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
JD KANNAH, Sape Queen, Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Series, 2015. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
SKY SALANJE, Anxiety, 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
SKY SALANJE, Anxiety, 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
FILIPE BRANQUINHO, Intervalo, Gurué Series, 2014. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Arte de Gema Gallery. © the artist
FILIPE BRANQUINHO, Intervalo, Gurué Series, 2014. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Arte de Gema Gallery. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate II, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate II, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate III, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Appropriate III, Appropriate Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
WILLIAM CHECHET, NiMa, We are the North Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
WILLIAM CHECHET, NiMa, We are the North Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
SKY SALANJE, Don Strong, 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
SKY SALANJE, Don Strong, 2018. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
SKY SALANJE, Ambuya (Grandmother), 2016. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
SKY SALANJE, Ambuya (Grandmother), 2016. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Bardo, Barongwa Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Bardo, Barongwa Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Vague, Be Glad U R Free Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Vague, Be Glad U R Free Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Fathers & Sons, Be Glad U R Free Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
TSOKU MAELA, Fathers & Sons, Be Glad U R Free Series, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, Early Birds 2, from the series “Tell My Story”, 2016. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
LETSO LEIPEGO, Early Birds 2, from the series “Tell My Story”, 2016. Courtesy The Amawal Collection and Guns & Rain Gallery. © the artist
MARIO MACILAU, Untitled, Out of Town Series, 2014. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
MARIO MACILAU, Untitled, Out of Town Series, 2014. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
MARIO MACILAU, Untitled #3, The Price of Cement Series, 2013. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
MARIO MACILAU, Untitled #3, The Price of Cement Series, 2013. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
MARIO MACILAU, Untitled, Out of Town Series, 2014. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
MARIO MACILAU, Untitled, Out of Town Series, 2014. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
SELIM HARBI, Junior, Woongo, behind the mask, 2014. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
SELIM HARBI, Junior, Woongo, behind the mask, 2014. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
JD KANNAH, Femme Réfugié, Bunagana Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist
JD KANNAH, Femme Réfugié, Bunagana Series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and The Amawal Collection. © the artist

To follow this Online Exhibition, we will share black and white photography of the Amawal Collection.