Cercle de vies: Jems Koko Bi

19 April - 2 June 2018 ABIDJAN

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury is delighted to present the installation Cercle de vies (Circle of lives) by the Ivorian artist Jems Koko Bi.


‘‘The trees give me instructions and I carry them out in the wood. They advise me and I tell their stories.’’ Through his skillful and assured movements, the artist reveals the outline of the matter. These forms have always existed; there were simply hidden from the world. Here, step-by-step, Jems Koko Bi brings out of a colossal trunk a series of monumental sculptures of cryptic figures. The charred pauses perched in the center of the gallery occupy the space and make the walls, laden with the artist’s thought, resonate. Shaped by his influences from multiple cultural identities, Jems Koko Bi ‘s sculptures and performances express his concerns regarding a past and present history. Cercle de vies imposes his might to unify, to exist, and to reflect in a shared world.