#Throwback to a solo exhibition in 2016 @galleryofafricanart featuring works by the Senegalese artist Momar Seck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'Agneaux en lumière, 2016'
Installation: 'Connecting divers horizon, 2016' ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Through the use of recycled materials and discarded objects, Momar creates diverse works filled with colour and texture. While, to some observers these scraps of textiles, wood, plastic, and tin collected from the streets of Dakar may seem like “rubbish”, Momar’s deft creations give them a “new life” – a ‘’symbolic charge’’- which enables him to explore themes of cultural diversity and identity. Through his works he seeks to immerse the viewer in the realities of “everyday life” by evoking memories and traces of their origin, which in turn can be shifted and transformed into distinctive works of art. His ‘’pluralistic units’’ as he refers to them, display and symbolize the fragile interdependent unity between different cultures and cosmologies. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As Momar says: "Mon travail artistique est tiré de mon background culturel et se nourrit du contact avec les autres cultures." | Translation to English: “My artistic work takes its source from my cultural background, and it is nourished by the ongoing contact I have with different cultures.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#Throwback to "The Spirit of Makonde", a solo exhibition in 2014 @galleryofafricanart featuring works by Tanzanian artist George Lilanga (1934-2005)
Lilanga’s work draws upon the myths and cosmological beliefs of his Makonde heritage. The stylised figures that populate his work are believed to be heirs to the native spirits of Makonde cosmology. Known as Shetanis by the Makonde, these unruly spirits or devils are thought to be responsible for one’s misfortune in life. Lilanga’s Shetanis however, are not of the malevolent kind. His brightly coloured sculptures are humanised in their reflection of daily scenes from ordinary life. Each carved from a single block of wood and painted in vivid oil based enamels; Lilanga’s Shetani’s are shown brushing their teeth, joyfully at play or on the ubiquitous mobile phone. These works dated from the late 1990s, reveal Lilanga’s keen eye for social observation and also serve as a critique of contemporary African culture.
Artworks: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'Mimi ni Mjomba Wenu Yawapasa Mnielewe Haya Niyascayo, 2004' ('I am your your uncle. You should understand what I am telling you, 2004') | Enamel on canvas ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
‘Untitled, (c.1990's)' | Enamel on canvas ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'Yellow Shetani with mobile phone, (c. 1990's) | Enamel on wood ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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