1-54 NEW YORK 2022

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We are pleased to finally take part in 1-54 New York after two online editions.

Our booth features historical artists of the gallery - Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Salifou Lindou, Cristiano Mangovo and Jean David Nkot - alongside newcomers - Crystal Yayra Anthony and Boluwatife Oyediran. The artworks on display reflect the artists' reading of contemporary society, giving a personal insight imbued with their own experiences. 

Crystal Yayra Anthony, Plant Mama, 2022
CRYSTAL YAYRA ANTHONY
PLANT MAMA, 2022
100x120 cm
Acrylic and oil on canvas

 

Crystal Yayra Anthony (b. 1997, Ghana) represents bodies as they are, in their diversity and uniqueness. In opposition to an aesthetic seeking perfection, as conveyed by social networks and the media, her nude portraits show the reality of the flesh. The artist pleads for a natural beauty that does not have to hide behind filters to be accepted. She advocates the freedom of everyone. Her art conveys, hence, a strong message of self-acceptance.

Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Nouvelle destination, 2022MOUSTAPHA BAIDI OUMAROU
NOUVELLE DESTINATION, 2022
150x100 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Moustapha Baidi Oumarou (b. 1997, Cameroon) communicates a message of happiness, fraternity, and togetherness. He starts from his observations of contemporary society to compose an ideal world. Through his faceless characters, anonymized yet universally recognizable, differences are erased. The markers of physical and social barriers fall away, leaving space for individuals to emerge.

Salifou Lindou, Politiciens 41, 2022SALIFOU LINDOU
POLITICIENS 41, 2022
109x104 cm
Pastel on paper mounted on canvas

Salifou Lindou (b. 1965, Cameroon) is an observer of the society around him and feeds his imagination with everyday scenes. His series of politicians, a satire that began in 2020 and that Salifou Lindou has continued to explore since, makes fun of their mimics, their clownish gestures, and their grandiloquent verve. The artist erases the distinctions between these men and women. They all wear the same costume.

Salifou Lindou, Window of opportunity, 2022CRISTIANO MANGOVO
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY, 2022
200x135 cm
Acrylic on canvas

In his latest series Window of Opportunity, Cristiano Mangovo (b. 1982, Angola) stands in favor of equal opportunity no matter the gender or social class of the individuals. In that way, he puts forward female characters. For the artist, any labour deserves its reward. Hence, he deals with the topic of equal opportunity focusing on access to culture and employment.

Jean David Nkot, WWW.ARCHÉOLOGIE DES VISAGES.3.COM, 2022JEAN DAVID NKOT
WWW.ARCHÉOLOGIE DES VISAGES.3.COM
, 2022
64x50 cm
Acrylic and silkscreen printing on canvas

Jean David Nkot (b. 1989, Cameroon) compensates for the lack of visibility and recognition of the men and women working in the mines. By giving them the status of contemporary icons, he invites us to rethink our economic model to protect Men and the planet together. If a deep sensitivity to humanity has never ceased to tint his work, ecology is a new component in the work of this painter of the human condition. Nkot reminds us that Men cannot be considered independently from their environment and that the protection of one comes with the conservation of the other.

Boluwatife Oyediran, Black Floral Boy, 2022JEAN DAVID NKOT
BLACK BOY  FLORAL, 2022
198x151 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Boluwatife Oyediran’s work (b. 1997, Nigeria) is above all optimistic. He speaks up for a better future without reproducing past mistakes. He proposes to rethink the pre-existing hierarchy and the patterns of power. The cotton fields in the background of his canvases refer to the Transatlantic Slave Trade that participated in the prosperity and lushness of the colonial Empire, as well as the industrial revolution. His characters, in flamboyant clothing, who are immersed in these cotton fields silently evoke the history behind cotton-growing. In this way, he puts forward these hidden figures who were fundamental to economic success. He frees them from the weight of the past and empowers them.

Thus, whilst works by Cristiano Mangovo, Jean David Nkot, Salifou Lindou, and Moustapha Baidi Oumarou bear witness to their long-standing links with the gallery, paintings by Crystal Yayra Anthony and Boluwatife Oyediran will seal our recent collaboration. Ultimately, the gallery signs the first exhibition in the US of Anthony and Oyediran.

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