Tribute to Henri Vergon, 1968 – 2020

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The French Institute of South Africa is deeply saddened by Henri Vergon's passing in Johannesburg, on the 15 May 2020.

Henri arrived in Johannesburg in 1995, and dedicated 25 years of his life to the South African art scene, notably at the French Institute of South Africa where he held various positions during nine years.

Our friends and partners remember his dedicated work on thought-provoking projects such as Steven Cohen's Chandelier, and on major exhibitions such as the Chagall exhibition in 2000, and the Miro exhibition in 2002, both held at the Standard Bank Gallery.

In 2005, Henri founded Afronova, a gallery dedicated to African contemporary arts. First located in Newtown, right across the Market Theatre, the gallery moved to Braamfontein, before finally becoming a more private showroom in Parkhurst. With his partner Emilie Demon, Henri turned Afronova into a major player of the African arts scene, showcasing works of artists such as Malick Sidibé, Lawrence Lemaoana and Alice Mann in prestigious international fairs across the globe.

We welcome Henri's unflagging commitment for artists from South Africa and the whole African continent.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.