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Caacart Artists list - Pigozzi Collection 2011

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Mon but, à travers cette collection, est de montrer la qualité et l’originalité de l’art contemporain africain du 21ème siècle. Je ne suis pas pressé et je n’ai rien à prouver à personne, mais je pense que l’art contemporain africain a sa place dans tous les grands musées d’art contemporain du monde. Bodys Kingelez et Seydou Keïta sont des artistes aussi importants et aussi intéressants que Richard Serra et Richard Avedon. Les expositions telles que Documenta, tout comme les autres biennales internationales, contribuent à conforter la puissance et l’importance de l’art contemporain africain à travers le monde et montrent que l’art africain doit être placé sur le même niveau que l’art occidental. Je trouve même qu’il est souvent plus vivant, plus intéressant, et plus novateur.

 

Georges Adeagbo Philip Kwame Apagya
Willie Bester Pierre Bodo Amani Bodo
Bodo Fils Frédéric Bruly Bouabré Seni Awa Camara
Demba Camara Chéri Chérin Kudzanai Chiurai
Calixte Dakpogan Jean Depara Jean-Jacques Efiaimbelo John Fundi Gedewon John Goba
Emile Guebehi & Nicolas Damas Gugulective
Daniel Halter Romuald Hazoumé
Samuel Kane Kwei Seydou Keïta
Bodys Isek Kingelez Agbagli Kossi
Koffi Kouakou Cheik Ledy George Lilanga
Maître Syms Titos Mabota

 

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Romuald Hazoumé
Roulette béninoise (2005)
Installation
Found materials and photograph

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Calixte Diapkogan - Art News | Met Museum's Installation Positions African Masks with Works by Modern & Contemporary Artists | Art Knowledge News

Calixte Diapkogan - Art News | Met Museum's Installation Positions African Masks with Works by Modern & Contemporary Artists | Art Knowledge News | caravan - rencontre (au delà) des cultures -  les traversées | Scoop.it

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/reconfiguring%20an%20african%20icon/calixte%20dakpogan

 

 "All of my sculptures speak of my country, my culture, my surroundings and my beliefs, as well as of the entirety of my worldview. I work with recovered materials since they are weighed down by time and transformed by usage, conferring a degree of vitality upon my sculptures that I would not be able to attain if I used new materials."

Calixte Dakpogan (Beninese, b. 1958)

 

—Calixte Dakpogan (Interview with André Magnin, Porto-Novo, Benin, 2005)

Calixte Dakpogan is a descendent of the royal blacksmiths of Porto-Novo in the Republic of Benin. His ingenious sculptural compositions reflect upon coastal Benin's long history of exchanges that have defined its religious and political history. The country is the spiritual center of the religious system known as vodun, a faith that was disseminated and expanded to communities throughout the Americas as a result of the Atlantic slave trade.

Together with his brother Théodore and cousin Simonet Biokou, he has kept alive the royal forge at the Gukomy quarter of Porto-Novo dedicated to Gu, vodun's deity of iron and war. Inspired by Romuald Hazoumé, the Dakpogan forge began creating secular sculptures from composite material. In 1992, Benin's government commissioned one hundred works from the forge, including site-specific references to Gu, to be exhibited at the First International Festival of Vodun Arts and Cultures in the former slave port town of Ouidah.

 

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Calixte Dakpogan
Woli (2007)
Metal, glass, plastic
19.88 x 18.9 x 6.5 inches
50.5 x 48 x 16.5 cm

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http://www.caacart.com/pigozzi-artist.php?i=Dakpogan-Calixte&m=42&s=325

 

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