persona: Yéanzi

24 April - 20 June 2015 ABIDJAN

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury presents persona*, the first solo exhibition of the Ivorian artist Yéanzi.

* Persona: Mask, substitute of the reality. Borrowed personality. Imaginary character.


Yéanzi lives and works in Bingerville, near Abidjan. This rural environment is a studio for him since it is outside, in his neighbourhood, where he first looks for encounters, listens to and collects stories, which he later reinterprets within his works. He records sequences, in which he frames gazes, attitudes and bodies in motion. Then he paints the portraits of those figures and silhouettes, which belong to his everyday life. This close and tangible social network is the starting point of his art.