Galerie Cécile Fakhoury is delighted to showcase a collaboration between the artists Vincent Michéa and Sadikou Oukpedjo in the exhibition Les Fantômes de l’Afrique (Siriel Rellik) presented in our new space in Plateau, Dakar.
Les Fantômes de l’Afrique (Siriel Rellik) is a dialogue between two asthetics. Part-human, part-animal sculptures are taking possession of the gallery to make its walls resonate with past and present history. Calling to Michel Leiris’s patronage, although in a rather ambiguous way (‘Siriel Rellik’ is ‘Killer Leiris’ when read in reverse), the exhibition is taking a stance in the current context of polemics about the restitution of African artworks stolen by France during colonial times.
This collaborative work is emblematic of a repertoire of various and precise gestures, be they harmonious or dissident, that use matter as an experimentation field. Shaped out of a single block, Sadikou Oukpedjo’s sculptures are traces of the artist’s explosive gesture, a mastered energy generative of strong aesthetic figures. They attire themselves in Vincent Michéa’s metallic stands in a radical gesture. Ornaments and props at the same time, Michéa’s rods relentlessly stab their wooden flesh. Rust contrasts with gold traces as if they were fragments of a past greatness, or maybe the rediscovery of a forgotten treasure, hidden among the ancestral fibers of the wood.
On the walls, the mutual inspiration at work is still obvious in common paintings. They act as writings and rewritings, a cadavre exquis made of ink, papers and colors. They all are linking elements of this shared narrative. Vincent Michéa’s photo-montages are bringing up a meticulous eye. Michéa is manipulating Sadikou Oukpedjo’s sculptures he has taken a picture of, cut out with dexterity and printed on a glazed paper to give them a space to exist and connect with History.