Is’Art Galerie is the first and still one of the only places dedicated to local contemporary art in Madagascar. Then called ISA Atelier Galerie was founded in 1998 by Richard Razafindrakoto et Rafalimanana Ndremo. When Tahina Rakotoarivony returned to Antananarivo in 2008 after spending four years in France, he took over the reigns from his uncle and teacher. ISA Atelier Galerie moved from Ankadifotsy to the more central neighbourhood of Analekely and became Is’Art Galerie. In 2014 Is’Art Galerie embarked on yet a new chapter in its 16 year old history and moved into an old dry cleaners factory – La Teinturerie. The new warehouse-like premises have already housed a number of exhibitions, screenings, workshops, discussions and events, international resident artists and an international urban art festival.
We will bring you the story of Is’Art and the ins and outs of the visual art world of Antananarivo in bite-size chunks, starting, where else, at the very beginning.
This is part 1. Stay tuned for more.
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