HANEKAZE by Wafrica
Exposition Japon Afrique Intimes
Wafrica and Toyota Europe Design & Development present a vehicle art form that combines Japanese and West Africa esthetic at Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris.
PARIS, February 2020 – The year of Africa in France and of the Tokyo Olympics games, la Maison de la Culture du Japon in the 15th arrondissement in Paris features a distinctive, free to public exhibition “Wafrica – Japon Afrique Intime” in the Great ground Hall in which an preternatural 3,6 meter long sculpture redefines motion through mysticism. Cameroon born designer-artist Serge Mouangue collaborates with Toyota Europe Design Development, ED² in short, and Eric Charles Donatien, feather artist, to give life to “Hanekaze” (feather wind), capturing spiritual presence common between West Africa and Japanese cultures through voodooism and Shintoism.
With “Hanekaze” , a levitating sculpture, Serge Mouangue continues to create bridges between Japan and West Africa. Both animist and sophisticated, the two cultures combine in Wafrica art works express “the 3rd esthetic”, encapsulating both culture’s evidenced sensitivities. “A beautiful cultural blend” The Japan Times. “Putting an African twist on Japanese culture” CNN.