Exhibition at the Pompidou Center from March 4th to May 18th 2020, Level 4, art gallery 0, prospective space, Georges Pompidou square, 75000 Paris, open from Wedyhnesday to Monday (11am - 10pm), Thursday (11am - 11pm), closed Tuesday, phone : 01.44.78.12.33
Building an exhibition dedicated to the link that can existed between Africa and China seems first to be something easy. But the curators must follow a diplomatic way because the chinese don't like to see a critical opinion about their economic conquest of the African continent. Everything begins with the Bandoeng conference in 1955 who put together the nonaligned countries. This beginning cooperation will be translated in health, farming and also infrastructures. The Chinese purpose is to use the African votes in the United Nations for catching a sit as permanent member in the UN Security Council. They succeed to do so in 1971 and during the next decades Beijing and Taïpeh will fight together around their influence in Africa. At the beginning of the 21rst century Beijing invest on a big scale for grabing raw materials useful at the Chinese economic development but proposes also loans with high interest rates. The Chinese aim is puting the African countries under influence. The curators didn't forgett that when they have built the exhibition but say anything about it. They prefer insisting on the Chinese restauration of The Madibo Keita pool (2010) or the Bamako friendship bridge.