1-54 LONDON ART FAIR 2020


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From October 8th to 10th, we are glad to showcase works by Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Salifou Lindou, Ousmane Niang and Nyaba Ouedraogo on the occasion of 1-54 London Art Fair, taking place at Somerset House. 

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At what point in time is the scene you are looking at taking place, and where? How do artists challenge our conception of time and space? How do they turn the message they aim to convey into a universal message? Nyaba Ouedraogo, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Salifou Lindou and Ousmane Niang’s work illustrate this question on our booth at 1-54 London Art Fair. Their art, questioning what we take for granted, proposes its own way to see the world, pushing the viewer to look beyond.

NYABA OUEDRAOGO
THÉÂTRE POPULAIRE
2019
From "Théâtre Populaire" series
100 X 100 cm
Digital printing on William Turner paper, edition of 2 + 2 AP

In his series “Théâtre Populaire”, Nyaba Ouedraogo immortalizes the Théâtre Populaire Désiré Bonogo, that was part of the programme for change initiated by Thomas Sankara between 1983 and 1987. Through this initiative, the President aimed to improve the image of the country through culture, by presenting the arts and promoting the perfect conditions for the birth of a new culture. The location was abandoned at the beginning of the 1990s. From the deserted building, Nyaba Ouedraogo keeps paintings adorning its walls. These paintings witness their time and their ideals. Their role reminds the importance of traditions and culture in any society. On paper, you can only distinguish a mask on a wall. Where was it? When was it? Without the words of the artist, the mystery remains.

If Nyaba Ouedraogo explains his series, giving a frame to something which, at first sight, could seem quite abstract, Ousmane Niang, Salifou Lindou and Moustapha Baidi Oumarou hide any clue of time or space. 

OUSMANE NIANG
TERRIENS
2020
150 x 150 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Ousmane Niang’s zoomorphic characters seem directly depicted from a story of our childhood. The animals gifted with human behaviours enact daily scenes of life. Embodying the flaws of society and illustrating political issues, like the tales from Jean de la Fontaine to Ovide, the scene pictured doesn’t belong to a specific place or era. Historically and anywhere, the large canvases by Ousmane Niang remain explicit and don’t suffer from any anachronism.

MOUSTAPHA BAIDI OUMAROU
POP VISION 1
2020
120 X 180 cm
Acrylic and posca on canvas

By staging his characters without faces in an extremely simplified décor: a monochrome background, a few twigs and sometimes a variety of flowers Moustapha Baidi Oumarou makes his humanist message a universal one. Everybody, no matter their colour of skin or citizenship, can identify themselves to the moments of joy and love this young Cameroonian painter depicts. Thus, his work, full of hope and optimism, has an international scope.

SALIFOU LINDOU
POLITICIENS #6
130 X 150 cm
Pastel on paper

If Salifou Lindou is inspired by his environment and plays around situations he observes, the images he proposes seem to cut from any historical context. Focusing on human figures, his work doesn’t age over time. From the raw pastel on paper arise his characters, witnesses of the fragility and vulnerability of the human condition.

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To get more information and the press release, please contact Michaëla HADJI-MINAGLOU at michaela@afikaris.com