projections: Yéanzi

11 March - 13 May 2017 ABIDJAN

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury is pleased to present projections, the second solo exhibition dedicated to the Ivorian artist Yéanzi.


In 2015, persona presented a series of portraits, figures and silhouettes, comprising individuals with a dual identity, derived either from the artist’s immediate social network or one beyond that. A second personality conveyed by a nickname evoking a role, a pseudonym redefining a personal background, introduces a densely woven society seeking a new identity.


Identity is always at the core of Yéanzi’s purpose but the prism changed, the perspective is broadening and extending to groups. Yéanzi redefines his field of observation, focusing on the collective entity. His technique has also evolved. Press cuttings are replaced by camera films coming from from an image database linked to the artist. Whether they are photographs taken by Yéanzi, ID or family photos, scans of personal effects like a passport, a article about him, a signature or a barcode identifying his purchase, Yéanzi releases an internal narrative, derived from his external influences onto a new textile unleashed from its frame. Through this intimate glimpse, he harnesses a new gallery of portraits, defined by their links to the group.