We are glad to be participating in artgenève for the first time! On this occasion, from March 3nd to March 6th, works by Saïdou Dicko, Matthew Eguavoen, Salifou Lindou and Omar Mahfoudi will be on display on our general booth (C48), while a solo show will be devoted to Moustapha Baidi Oumarou's latest series Style Urbain (booth B49).
In his Style urbain series, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou (b.1997, Cameroon) makes the streets shine in order to propose a different gaze on our environment. Thus, the young artist 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.
In Saïdou Dicko's (b.1979, Burkina Faso) painted photographs, the silhouettes move from cliché to cliché, from frame to frame, from décor to décor. If his characters move from one place to another, they remain unchanged: as if neither time nor space had a hold on them, as if they were the only actors of their destiny.
Matthew Eguavoen (b.1988, Nigeria) portraits reflect on his thoughts regarding the society in which he evolves, including a reflection about family, immigration, as well as post-colonial consequences. He gives an overview of social and political issues, focusing on humans. Thus, his characters embody the face of contemporary life, evolving in a familiar environment.
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. Deviating from the preconceived ideas of works on paper, his characters arise in human scale. Through his work, he underlines the fragility and vulnerability of human beings, despite their intelligence and ability to transform their environment.
Omar Mahfoudi's (b.1981, Morocco) 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 impregnates his imagery with heat and mystery.
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