1-54 LONDON 2022

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We are glad to announce our third participation in the 1-54 London art fair as well as our new collaboration with Nigeria artist Ozioma Onuzulike. His work will be on display on this occasion, alongside pieces by Salifou Lindou and Omar Mahfoudi. From October 13th to October 16th, our presentation aims to inspire social change, the very notion of identity and environmental concerned, to ultimately approach universal questions.

Salifou Lindou, Jeux de société 1, 2022SALIFOU LINDOU
SOCIAL GAME 1, 2022
170x170 cm
Pastel, acrylic, posca and collage on canvas

A major artist of the Cameroonian art scene, Salifou Lindou (b. 1965, Cameroon) was, and still is, a mentor for the next generations of artists. An observer of the society around him, he feeds his imagination with everyday scenes. In Social Game - the series on display at 1-54 London - Lindou the artist creates the encounter between two of his favourite topics: daily life and the politicians. By bringing together politicians and citizens, attempts to start a conversation between them while underlining the reconnection between the political world and the real economy. All the characters mingle in the urban chaos. The cacophony and surrounding movement separate them rather than unite. Lindou highlights how politicians manipulate the public without them even noticing it. Thus, whilst life goes on in the streets of the city, the politicians act in the shadows.

Omar Mahfoudi, le baigneur bleu, 2022OMAR MAHFOUDI 
LE BAIGNEUR BLEU, 2022
140x140 cm
Liquid acrylic on canvas

Omar Mahfoudi (b. 1981, Morocco) questions our relationship to the environment alongside the very notion of identity. His work emerges as a result of his personal reflections and feelings. On the border of abstraction, his paintings express a mystical, almost metaphysical exile. Carried by his memories, Mahfoudi paints liquid landscapes crossed by isolated characters immersed in a meditative state. Sometimes, they stand out from the landscape and engage in a monologue. On the white page, the faces are drawn in close-up. They emerge, like ghosts, from the depths of the artist’s memory - from his dreams, perhaps? Imaginary figures, they nevertheless resonate within each of us, taking on the familiar features of an old friend. To that extent, Mahfoudi’s art is an invitation to introspection and rethinking a more harmonious ecosystem.


OZIOMA ONUZULIKE
AGEING PLAID SKIRT WITH WAIST GATHER, 2022
178x163x9 cm
Stoneware clay, ash glaze, Engobe and aluminium wires ans ceramic chainmail

A ceramics artist and poet, Ozioma Onuzulike (b.1972, Nigeria) creates pieces largely focusing on the historical and sociological roots of the political and socio-economic turmoil in Africa and their debilitating effects on daily life on the continent. He presents works from two different series at 1-54 London: The chainmail project and The palm kernel shell beads project. The first one addresses the issues gravitating around social change and the second one explores the aesthetic qualities and historical significance of an iconic African natural resource - the palm kernel. 

Thus, our booth is in tune with the world’s concerns, underlining political, social, and environmental issues.

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