JUJU CONNECTION, from Nigéria to Paris by Jean David Nkot

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For the first time, the Cameroonian artist Jean-David NKOT is presented at the AKAA 2019 African Contemporary Art Fair by the Afikaris Gallery.

On the occasion of the contemporary African art fair AKAA 2019, Afikaris presents the works of the young artist Jean-David Nkot, born in 1985 in Douala, economic capital of Cameroon. Jean David uses painting and sculpture to create plastic works and installations, which have won many awards and are exhibited in Cameroon, Germany, Senegal and France.

Through the series "undesirables" and "workers", Jean David Nkot represents the misery and the pain caused by illegal and forced immigration.

The denunciation procedures he is demonstrating are motivated by the sad report of the indifference of public opinion and the failure of governments to stop such a serious phenomenon. In her latest series "Juju connection", the silhouettes of naked women replace the faces of children and migrants.



Girls of the Juju Connection, this Nigerian prostitution organization closely linked to the mafia, they witness the instrumentalisation of the traditions to the advantage of the sex trafficking. The exploitation of which they are victims is concretized by means of rites of passage, synonyms of aggravated rapes, and held by an emblematic and respected hierarchy.

The power of "Mamas", former prostitutes who serve as spiritual guides, is sanctioned by a rite of submission and by the creation of "Juju" symbolic object consisting of hair, blood and dust. The influence of the Mamas on their younger sons seems infallible. It is motivated by a strong attachment of the Yoruba people to local traditions and customs that govern relationships between individuals. Jean-David Nkot tackles an extremely controversial subject, the progress of the Nigerian sector among the networks of prostitution.

Lying on their knees or knees, young women are covered by the drawings of a European city that sets them apart, between prostitution, drugs and violence. Crushed under its weight, is finally noticeable only the shape of their chest and grimaces of pain. The softness of the colors and the technical quality of the silhouettes contrast with the gravity of the subject.

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The large formats of the works impose the subjects in the eyes of all and force the consideration of the denounced dramas. The silhouettes of the invisible women, hidden in the lanes of the host cities, are eloquent and masterful. At the corners, postage stamps, Priority stamps and macaroons where you can read, hidden behind the arteries of the drawing of the city, the words Freedom and Affranchi. Ideas that continue to persuade young girls to entrust their lives and bodies to elders. Like postcards, stamped and stamped, the works carry the sad news of the young women represented, such as the bitter realization of a trip to illusory promises.


Come and discover the works at AKAA !
Du 9 au 11 Novembre 2019
Carreau du Temple, Paris