Around the world, French is the second most taught language. The Francophonie is large and varied. It is present on all continents. It continues to grow, especially in Africa where we find the largest number of French speaking people. Projections estimate that Africa will account for 85% of the world’s Francophones in 2050.

This work was created by 50 students in French immersion with the collaboration of artist Patricia Lortie. This production is inspired by the work of two contemporary artists from Africa; Didié Viodé and Omar Ba. These two painters use the human silhouette and motifs from the African tradition to represent subjects such as north-south relations, exile, current affairs and politics.

The students created their own human silhouettes decorated with an African-inspired motif to represent their vision of the diversity of our global Francophonie.