"VOLATILES"

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We are glad to showcase "Volatiles" by Ousmane Niang. This series was previously exhibited at the French Institute of Dakar in Le Manège Gallery, on the occasion of a duo show with Mauritanian artist Oumar Ball’s installations and sculptures.

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Birds are commonplace in Ousmane Niang’s work due to the feeling of freedom they embody. The artist considers them as the freest animals: they can walk, swim and fly. Nothing can resist them. Birds are also messengers: “like these birds in a cage, which you can purchase in Dakar streets. They convey wishes and prayers.”

Untitled from "Volatiles" series by Ousmane Niang OUSMANE NIANG
UNTITLED
2020
200 x 160 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Each canvas of Ousmane Niang stages a criticism of contemporary society. Like a bird, each canvas sends out a message of hope and emancipation. The figure in the center gets rid of its feathers inviting the viewers to abandon their flaws and to become better people. 

Thus, Ousmane Niang does not do animal paintings. His birds are more humans than animals. If he illustrates the society and its vices, he does include an optimistic note. The dots covering his canvases - inherited from the pointillist period - indicate a solution to a given problem. Hence, he reminds what he considers is the first duty of the artist: education. 

INFORMATION AND PRESS RELEASE
For additional information and to get the press release, please send an email to Michaëla Hadji-Minaglou at michaela@afikaris.com.