1-54 LONDON ART FAIR 2021
We are glad to be back to Somerset House for this new edition of 1-54 London from October 14th to 17th. Our booth features works by Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Salifou Lindou, Omar Mahfoudi and Nana Yaw Oduro.
A BETTER WORLD?
The pandemic transformed our vision of the world, pushing us to rethink the way in which we live, in order to change our habits to build a better future. It is thus, naturally under the title A Better World? that our booth echoes these reflections through the vision of four artists. If Omar Mahfoudi, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou and Nana Yaw Oduro inspire positive vibrations with their optimistic gazes and a colourful palette, Salifou Lindou probes the stakes behind political games, many of which have played out in recent months.
MOUSTAPHA BAIDI OUMAROU
JOUR DE LOUMO BALIII, 2021
Acrylic and posca on canvas
Moustapha Baidi Oumarou communicates a message of happiness, fraternity and togetherness. He starts from his observations of contemporary society to compose an ideal world. The global health crisis experienced since 2020 is at the heart of his work. He infuses his art with the hope of being together again after a pandemic. Hence, he dives us into a dreamlike world in which social distancing measures and masks have no place.
Also anchored in this period of global pandemic, the series If we play like this, we stand a chance by Nana Yaw Oduro arose after the confinement the world experienced in March 2020. It conveys a message of hope and invites us to enjoy the present moment in order to avoid any regrets. The photographer states: “We won’t let the lockdown bury us. If you play well, if you enjoy your life, you have nothing to worry about.” It mirrors and extends the latin phrase Carpe Diem, quam minimum credula postero est (“pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.”)
Beyond rethinking the world as it is, Omar Mahfoudi imagines a parallel universe. He plunges the viewer into another realm inspired by the memory of his life in Tangier, as well as the temptation of a spiritual exile. His oases, timeless territories bathed in a distant light and conducive to reverie, are fed and enriched by eclectic influences: from the Amazonia series by photographer Sebastiao Salgado, to the prints of Katsushika Hokusai. Ultimately, gold enriches his imagery with heat and mystery.
If Mahfoudi’s landscapes mark a dreamlike breath, the politicians depicted by Salifou Lindou question the possibility of a new world. Is it really possible for things to change when those governing us do not change? On paper or on canvas, he captures the humouristic mimics of these men and women wearing suits. This suit is the same for every politician Lindou represents. Their bodies mingle to be one, to denounce a unique and consensual speech. He regrets the inactivity and passivity of governments. He invites us to question these behaviours in order to take action and to compose a better future.
Hence, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Salifou Lindou, Omar Mahfoudi and Nana Yaw Oduro reflect on trends and thoughts that have been heightened by the spread of the virus and the period of lockdown. They highlight the need for hope and a new departure in current times. Although, whilst A better world? initiates bases for renewal, it points out its limits.
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1-54 LONDON 2021
14 - 17 OCTOBER
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