My work with African and Asian artistic cultures has always been guided by the search for originality and visual audacity. Whether it be handwoven Afghan war rugs or Mauritanian mats, contemporary art from Mongolia or Casamance, my aim has always been to discover and promote little known or new visual realities that are capable of challenging our usual visual logic, and even that of contemporary Western art. In fact, in reference to the latter my own visual curiosity has been recalibrated, since I have dealt extensively with Western “negative avant-gardes” such as fluxus, visual poetry, lettrism… on which I have organized numerous exhibitions and written several books. During all my extensive trips throughout Asia and Africa I have found what I was looking for and it has never ceased to surprise me.