Dreams of the San

18.04.24 > 29.06.24

“Testimonies from an ancient people who don’t want to see their culture relegated to archaeology books.” RFI 29 May 2024

Bonne Espérance Gallery presents the first exhibit in Paris of paintings by contemporary San artists. The San, once known as ”Bushmen,” are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa and lived in the region tens of thousands of years before the arrival of other Africans and Europeans. San art has a history dating back over 20,000 years; the San are the creators of rock art in Southern Africa.

The gallery presents paintings and a small selection of prints by 14 self-taught San artists who are part of a San artists’ collective based in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Works by artists from the collective are part of the permanent collections of numerous museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Botswana National Museum, National Art Gallery of Namibia and the South African National Gallery.

This exhibit is proud to be part of Traversées Africaines which each year brings together Parisian galleries presenting African art.