Afikaris gallery presents "Un été sans fin": an exhibition that highlights the perspective that four contemporary photographers - Saïdou Dicko, Lafurie, Marc Posso and Nana Yaw Oduro - have on this summer period.


 Summer is synonymous with a new beginning. Everyone is tirelessly waiting for it, between excitement and apprehension. This period comes with various feelings: love, joy, melancholy, nostalgia, hope... It is the period of all possibilities, of travel, of escape. Often approached, carelessly, summer is undoubtedly the best time to change things and start a new chapter. Summer is the source of actions and emotions that enrich the work of contemporary artists. Thus, Afikaris gallery presents "Un été sans fin" , an exhibition putting forward the vision that four contemporary African photographers - Saidou Dicko, La Furie, Marc Posso and Nana Yaw Oduro - have of this period.

Saidou Dicko, a self-taught Burkinabe artist, has been exploring photography since 2005. He works with his environment, staging or capturing moments of life. Between documentary photography and pure aestheticism, Saidou Dicko photographs the men, women, but mainly children he meets during his travels. Oscillating between darkness and vivid colours, Saidou Dicko uses shadows to convey an undeniable message of hope. Poetically, they allow people to understand that they are fading away, not caring enough about the universe around them. Through his clichés, the artist wants to shake up mentalities and help everyone to reconnect with the human beings and his environment. The shadow is a way to make travel his imagination and especially his models. "I can photograph children in Burkina Faso and take them, through my works, to New York. It’s a way of travelling digitally. These children become our children, your children, children of the world."
Saïdou Dicko, Le bidon vert, 2020
Painted photography
This message of hope is also one of the main components of the work of Marc Posso. The artist, who grew up in Gabon and now lives in Paris, is imbued with African cultures and realities, which remains a major source of inspiration for him. In his pictures, the diversity of the cultures is brought to the fore, including particular aesthetic characteristics specific to each. His work oscillates between contemporary elements - such as the staging of his models - and traditions, offering a striking cultural mix. Offering, thus, a work of great diversity, between black and white portraits, touches of bright colors and perfectly elaborated staging. Marc Posso’s latest photographs, tainted with a certain freshness and vivid colours, such as La vie en rose, are, for our imagination, an invitation to travel.
The Divine Feminine a photograph by Marc PossoMarc Posso, The Divine Feminine, 2019

This notion of an end, and therefore of a new beginning, conveyed by summer, is a recurrent approach among many contemporary artists and Prisca Munkeni Monnier, aka "LaFurie", approaches it with great force. Of Zairean origin, born in Brussels, living in several African countries, notably South Africa, La Furie develops her own universe. Her work focuses on the human, especially its complex and mysterious side. For Prisca M. Monnier, this is the most interesting subject to work on, because there is always an emotion, a connection that manifests itself between her and her model: "My photos aim to prolong these moments, memorize in a scene the story of these storytellers, retouch their universe to give them all their otherness. ". Her pictures are not smooth or light-hearted, but represent a universal truth. La Furie likes to say that we all have the same origin, that we all have this thing in common, frustrations that make us live. The messages she conveys through her photos are not an end in themselves, but an invitation to change and reflection.

La furie, Get well child 1, 2020
On the other hand, Ghanaian photographer Nana Yaw Oduro represents his vision of the world with a lot of gentleness and even a certain carelessness. The artist stages his characters by linking them intimately with the environment in which they evolve. His clichés showcase a dreamy atmosphere between infinite beaches, almost lunar landscapes and desert plains. His protagonists are a reflection of his personal life, between childhood, sensitivity and masculinity: strong subjects treated with a certain carelessness. "In each work, I try to represent actions that have a physical relationship with what I feel." Nana Yaw Oduro anchors them in imaginary worlds, tainted with an undeniable desire for freedom. This freedom specifically arises from a technical point of view. The artist focuses on the intensity of his clichés, on the message he wants to convey, no matter if the angle or perspective is perfectly respected. The ranges of colours he uses, sometimes pure, sometimes raw, bring an undeniable harmony and softness to his photographs.

Nana Yaw Oduro, Somebody tells me, why everything happens, 2019


For additional information and to get the complete catalogue of the exhibition, send us an email at florian@afikaris.com.