For our first participation in Art Paris, we are delighted to showcase works by Cameroonian painters Jean David Nkot and Moustapha Baidi Oumarou and Nigerian photographer Asiko. Our booth aims to be a window to the world. Catching the interest of the viewer about topical issues, it is an invitation to introspection, awareness and to challenge our environment. 

Jean David Nkot, #creuseur/chantier45@outlook.com2020
210x200 cm 
From "Les creuseurs de sous-sol" series
Acrylic, ink and posca on canvas

“What is the price to talk on the phone, surf on the web and take pictures of our beloved ones?” Jean David Nkot asks. If smartphones are completely part of our daily life, do we know how their components are extracted? In his series “Les creuseurs de sous-sol”, Jean David Nkot forces us to think of the consequences our consumption induces, showcasing the faces of the individuals who work to supply our modern comforts, seeking the precious cassiterite, an indispensable component used in the manufacture of smart phones. 

“You, who will take time to take a picture of us, ask yourself the question: at what price do you talk on the phone, do you surf on the web or do you take pictures of your beloved ones?” - Jean David Nkot

I can't breathe by Asiko from "A black life matters" series about George Floyd
Asiko, I can't breathe, 2020
From "A black life matters" series

Whilst Asiko’s work usually focuses on women, he proposes with “A black life matters” a more personal series, being an adaptation of self-portraits he began in 2015 under the title “The Fear.” He imagined this series as the catalyst for all his fears and questionings. Five years later, in the back drop of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has highlighted racism and amplified the movement “Black lives matter”, he returns to this series and names it to echo the movement: “A black life matters.” Even after five years, his pictures are still strong and staggeringly topical. Thus, through the precise aesthetic, characteristic of his work, he extends this metaphor of fear and lends it a face: racism and violence. This series embodies his fight to evolve mentalities while it conveys a message of peace. He recalls that this fight, is a collective fight and is everybody’s fight.



I feel a shift and I am optimistic we are in a period of awakening. So we can’t give up, our lives matter, our voices matter, our dreams matter.- Asiko

On the other hand, in his series “Adorned” created in 2016 and reworked in 2020, he challenges the social pressure  women face. Through the elegant outlines of the women, adorned with heavy jewels, he underlines the different obligations of perfection weighing each of them down, whilst ensuring to celebrate their emancipation. They free themselves from the golden chains and wield them as an element of power. 

Moustapha Baidi Oumarou extends this fight on an optimistic note, highlighting the good inside each of us. Due to his bright palette of colours, his flowery patterns and the scenes he paints, the artist definitely proposes a humanist painting. Naturally, his delicate and subtle outlines immerse in a lush nature: a moment of sharing, conviviality, or even introspection. 

New baby, a painting by Moustapha Baidi OumarouMoustapha Baidi Oumarou, New baby, 2020
130x100 cm
Acrylic and ink on canvas

“My work is focused on the human. I aim to paint the joyful aspects of life. I aim to draw and paint the world surrounding me with my most beautiful and powerful palette of colours.” - Moustapha Baidi Oumarou

By showcasing works by three African artists, Afikaris Gallery, whose booth is located in the “Promises” sector, embodies Art Paris Art Fair’s vocation to be a place for discovery and to propose a “cosmopolitan look at other geographical horizons.”

Art Paris 2020
From September 10th-13th
Sector "Promises"
Booth E8