“Ankata” is a word in dyula which means “Let’s go !” and which perfectly sums up our philosophy.
Even before being a physical space, Ankata is a bright mental space where everything is possible : yes, financial and material difficulties are real for artists, yes cultural politics are still weak in West Africa, yes everything has yet to be built to let original and pertinent creations to develop but no ! We are not giving up and we are looking together for adapted solutions.
It is with this primordial energy that the laboratory opened its doors, in the heart of the sector 24 in Bobo Dioulasso, Serge Aimé’s hometown.
A place designed for artists, it regularly welcomes the inhabitants and their neighbours to see work in progress : contemporary art is so often seen as being inaccessible, even though it directly addresses the realities and the history of the peoples of today. It is time to build bridges.