BAD+ 2022 ART FAIR
We are pleased to participate in the first edition of BAD+ art fair in Bordeaux, France. The booth, featuring works by Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Saïdou Dicko, Salifou Lindou, Omar Mahfoudi, Jean David Nkot and Hyacinthe Ouattara play between figuration and abstraction.
In his painted photographs without retouching, Saïdou Dicko (b. 1979, Burkina Faso) pays tribute to the innocence and spontaneity of childhood. An archive document, they bear witness to borderless creativity and endless games. The images are frank. They teach us to seek happiness in the simplest moments and send us back to our own existence, to our memories.
Through his anonymized portraits, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou (b. 1997, Cameroon) conveys a message of joy, fraternity, and conviviality. He starts from his observations of contemporary society to compose an ideal world with his most beautiful color palette.
L'EXODE ET LA FAMILLE, 2022
Pastel on canvas
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. In tune with the world and inspired by his surroundings, he feeds his art with scenes from daily life.
BLUE BERBÈRE WOMAN, 2022
Liquid acrylic on canvas
Omar Mahfoudi (b. 1981, Morocco) proposes a series of floral and melancholic portraits. There is a call to nature emerging from the paper. A call to come back to the origin of the world, to rethink the universe facing its instability. Behind his work, an ecological consciousness arises. He initiates, throughout, the idea to side with nature.
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.
Hyacinthe Ouattara (b. 1981, Burkina Faso) goes beyond a reflection centered on the individual to dive into the immaterial, the metaphysics, the sensitive. His questioning starts from an observation in the face of human movements in space: what binds this human tide? How do individuals interact with one another?Beyond a sociological question, he touches on scientific concepts without naming them: from the Big Bang, to the cosmos through the origin of life. If he starts by dissecting and analysing cellular tissues, soon his reflection takes a more global turn and touches on the changes of the world itself.
Thus, the stand of AFIKARIS promises to reflect the diversity and the richness of the contemporary African scene.
For any additional inquiries and press related demands, please contact Michaëla Hadji-Minaglou at email@example.com