Silentium: Sadikou Oukpedjo

March 9 - May 18, 2019 ABIDJAN

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury is delighted to present Silentium, the second solo show by Sadikou Oukpedjo at the gallery.

 

In 2016, in his exhibition Anima, Sadikou Oukpedjo presented a body of work focusing on the human body whose moulded shapes were a testimony to the physical and spiritual duality, half-human and half-animal, found in each of us. His works were designed as a distorting mirror, unsettling, but only to better reveal the essence of human life and of a fragmented identity destined to be reinvented.

 

In Silentium, the artist returns to the figure of the animal to bring to light our most intimate contradictions. Set in a delicate balance between being and nothingness, the evanescent figures arising from his canvases seem to be fighting against their own disappearance. Mankind is absorbed in a hand-to-hand combat with its double nature, a struggle with no winner. Inherently part of its being, the animal side now represents its fall just as well as its rise.