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AFIKARIS

AFIKARIS

AFIKARIS

Afikaris is a young contemporary art gallery created in 2018, promoting emerging artists whom Africa has been influencing life and work.


From young talents to already renowned artists, Afikaris fosters many different perspectives on Contemporary Africa in its various facets. The objective is of gathering all these talents and their respective visions into a large community of artists where the established generation and the new one both learn from each other. With this in mind, Afikaris also focuses on supporting undiscovered artists living on the continent.


3D exhibitions

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    Some things mysterious boys do

    27 May 2020 – 14 Jun 2020

    Afikaris offers a breath of fresh air and freedom with a solo show of Ghanaian photographer Nana Yaw Oduro. “Some things mysterious boys do” perfectly illustrates Nana Yaw Oduro’s poetical images that showcase male characters in situations both quirky and graphical, underlining their bodies’ geometry. Through his work, Ghanaian photographer Nana Yaw Oduro - born in 1994 - translates his emotions and materialises his vision of life. His photographs share his feelings and give life to his imaginary worlds, between infinite beaches and desert plains.

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    Multiplicité

    30 Nov 2020

    In the perspective of a renewal of his pictorial and plastic language, initiated by an inner organic work, the artist Hyacinthe Ouattara presents his new series «MULTIPLICITé».

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    VOLATILES

    17 Dec 2020 – 31 Jan 2021

    OUSMANE NIANG SERIES “VOLATILES” WAS ON DISPLAY IN SEPTEMBER 2020 AT THE FRENCH INSTITUTE OF DAKAR IN LE MANÈGE GALLERY, ON THE OCCASION OF A DUO SHOW WITH MAURITANIAN ARTIST OUMAR BALL’S INSTALLATIONS AND SCULPTURES. Birds are commonplace in Ousmane Niang’s work due to the feeling of freedom they embody. The artist considers them as the freest animals: they can walk, swim and fly. Nothing can resist them. Birds are also messengers: “like these birds in a cage, which you can purchase in Dakar streets. They convey wishes and prayers.” Each canvas of Ousmane Niang stages a criticism of contemporary society. Like a bird, each canvas sends out a message of hope and emancipation. The figure in the center gets rid of its feathers inviting the viewers to abandon their flaws and to become better people. Thus, Ousmane Niang does not do animal paintings. His birds are more humans than animals. If he illustrates the society and its vices, he does include an optimistic note. The dots covering his canvases - inherited from the pointillist period - indicate a solution to a given problem. Hence, he reminds what he considers is the first duty of the artist: education.

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    QUITTER LA VILLE

    09 Jan 2021 – 10 Feb 2021

    In the current international health crisis context, leaving the city appears to be an escape route. If it was a time when cities were embodying all the possibilities, they could reveal to be suffocating, objects of boredom, isolation and even danger. The health, ecological and economic situation also stirs this temptation of the urban exodus. However, the city and its torments inspired generations of artists. Some of them - from the impressionists Monet and Caillebotte to the street artists who appropriate cities, going through photographers Andreas Gursky or Michael Tsegaye and Andrew Esiebo - document and play with the mutations of the urban space, its harmony as well as its chaos. Others, like Houston Maludi, are mesmerized by its meanders and fascinated by the rhythm of its architecture. If the city feeds the imaginary, it is also a source of alienation. Cameroon painter Jean David Nkot illustrates this relation of domination between the territory and the body in ”The Shadows of Space” series. Here, the city erases the faces of those who dreamed of it. The exhibition “Quitter la Ville” deviates from the bustle of the city, offering a complete immersion into the welcoming and lush nature depicted by artists Moustapha Baidi Oumarou and Omar Mahfoudi. In both of their work, nature embodies an ideal. If one reinterprets the world and the other captures the “mystical beauty” with his brushes, both of them explore this flower boy: sensitive being, a symbol of humanity and joy who conveys hope and optimism.

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    INTERSECT CHICAGO ART FAIR

    06 Nov 2020 – 05 Dec 2020

    Afikaris is glad to be participating in Intersect Chicago art fair, the first online edition of the fair, previously called SOFA. On the occasion, discover works by amazing artists Asiko, Ibrahim Ballo, Raphaël Adjetey Adjei Mayne, Hyacinthe Ouattara and Nana Yaw Oduro.

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    YOUR SHADOWS

    28 Oct 2020 – 29 Nov 2020

    The exhibition “Your Shadows” offers a double gaze on the phenomenon of shadows. Whilst shadows are a projection of reality, by keeping only the outline of their figures, the artists challenge our perception of the world and invite us to see further. In this case, shadows are not embodying an evil double like in Guy de Maupassant’s novel Le Horla, an object of fear, but the support of imaginary, carrying freedom and creativity and conveying messages.

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    Afikaris at 1-54 London 2020

    08 Oct 2020 – 10 Oct 2020

    How do artists challenge our conception of time and space? How do they turn the message they aim to convey into a universal message? Nyaba Ouedraogo, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou and Ousmane Niang’s work illustrate this question on Afikaris’ booth at 1-54 London. Their art, questioning what we take for granted, proposes its own way to see the world pushing the viewer to see further.

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    Théâtres populaires, théâtres politiques

    16 Sep 2020 – 25 Oct 2020

    From September 23rd to October 25th, the exhibition “Théâtres Populaires, théâtres politiques” proposes a dialogue between the zoomorphic characters of Ousmane Niang and the series “Théâtre Populaire”, of Burkinabe photographer Nyaba Ouedraogo, which, according to his own words, “aims at capturing the traces of the Burkinabe Revolution and the vision Thomas Sankara had of culture.”

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    Intersect Aspen Art Fair

    22 Jul 2020 – 26 Jul 2020

    On its virtual booth at Intersect Aspen Art Fair, Afikaris showcases works by Asiko, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Raphaël Adjetey Adjei Mayne, Jean David Nkot and Marc Posso.

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    WE PAINT HUMANS

    16 Jul 2020 – 16 Aug 2020

    With the exhibition “We paint humans, a focus on the Cameroonian contemporary art scene”, Afikaris sheds light on this revival of the Cameroonian art scene, whilst underlining its richness and diversity, through the gaze of Boris Anje (Anjel), Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, Salifou Lindou, and Jean David Nkot. Despite very different aesthetics, all opt to use the human figure at the heart of their work. If Jean David Nkot aims to depict the human condition, Salifou Lindou reveals his characters’ demons, showcasing their strengths as weaknesses. Moustapha Baidi Oumarou, influenced by Salifou Lindou, emphasizes the human nature within all of us. Anjel’s characters are, for their part, the face of his generation, carrying its calls and indignations.

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    Revival

    17 Jun 2020 – 12 Jul 2020

    The notion of “revival” came to Hyacinthe Ouattara’s mind during the coronavirus health crisis. It evokes a world on the verge of collapse in his eyes. Far from presenting an apocalyptic vision, he celebrates life whilst paying a tribute to those who have left us, alongside a reflective questioning of his inheritance in this world. His works convey hope and challenge existence. While underlining their fragility, he sees his creations as messages, instilling in the viewer a desire to live. Through the exploration of matter, he studies social relations and questions man’s place in the universe. The experimental field of this prolific artist, energized with transformation, is not bound to limits. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations attract the viewer inside his explorative world between dream and reality.

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    1-54 New York

    06 May 2020 – 30 May 2020

    Entitled “Contemporary gazes” Afikaris’ virtual booth aims to shed light on the vision that four different artists have of the world and their country. As Henri Bergson pointed out, the artist is, here, the person who, beyond expressing reality, disturbs and invites viewers to challenge their vision. Salifou Lindou, Raphaël Adjetey Adjei Mayne, Ousmane Niang and Nyaba Ouedraogo, each through their specific practice, narrate the story of their country, alternately focusing on specific aspects of their culture, traditions, and society. They mix contemporary history with their own roots, writing all together a new story and proposing new reading avenues. Thus, they contrast their country’s history or traditions within a globalized world, dealing with contemporary issues.

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    Origines

    28 Apr 2020 – 25 May 2020

    In the context of the international health crisis that questions the notion of borders, Afikaris proposes to feature the work of five African artists: Asiko, Ibrahim Ballo, Roméo Mivekannin, Jean David Nkot and Marc Posso, whose practice tends to question or inspire their culture, identity and the very notion of borders. In the context of cultural globalization, migratory fluidity, and universal crisis, is there sense in being attached to a territory? What is the artist’s place in this cultural amalgamation? While artists like Dalila Dalléas Bouzar, Gastineau Massamba or Ivanovic Mbaya do not wish to be considered as “contemporary African artists” in order to stand out as artists in a globalized world, others pay tribute to their roots through their work and aim to be the witnesses of the history of their country. The artworks by the five artists deal, each in their own way, with the notion of territory and roots.

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    DIALOGUES, Techniques mixtes sur papier

    29 Mar 2020 – 27 Apr 2020

    In parallel to Paris Drawing Week, Afikaris presents a selection of works on paper by artists Bruce Clarke, Saïdou Dicko, Salifou Lindou, Onyis Martin and Hyacinthe Ouattara. While works on paper are traditionally associated with preparatory drawings and graphic studies, contemporary works on paper emancipate from this unique function. If the words of William Kentridge, regularly quoted, “I tried being an actor, I failed. I tried being a painter. I failed (…) So I was reduced to being an artist working in charcoal drawings” testify of drawing as a poor alternative to painting, there is a body of institutions, collectors and galleries aiming to valorize the wide range of options offered by technics on paper. Drawing as an end in itself, as an artwork: that is the scream for the emancipation of a discipline as rich as complex, multiplying the mediums and supports. From the black frescos by Abdelkader Benchamma to mesmerizing pastels by Berthe Morisot, drawing does not have any limit in the mutation of its techniques. With big names of African contemporary art as Frédéric Bruly Brouabré, Marcel Miracle, William Kentridge, Ataa Oko or Ernesto Shikani, drawing is a medium of choice, practice and economic, which gathers all the material and aesthetic possibilities of works on paper. The five artists on view embody a various and relevant range of the possibilities offered by the paper and its different mediums. Sometimes dreamy, political, tortured or joyful, their works represent as many forms of expression and dialogues. Discover all the works featured in the exhibition: https://www.artsy.net/show/afikaris-dialogues-techniques-on-paper Go further: https://youtu.be/Hu4_i8mNTHs

    latest works

    • Moustapha Baidi Oumarou

      Je cultive mon avenir, 2020
      120 x 180 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
    • Moustapha Baidi Oumarou

      Le chemin du marché, 2020
      120 x 180 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and posca on canvas
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Flowers grow out from dark moments 2, 2020
      50 x 50 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Flowers grow out from dark moments, 2020
      50 x 50 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Le naufragé, 2020
      90 x 90 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Blue Storm/Orage bleu, 2020
      100 x 100 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Landscape, 2020
      149 x 134 cm (h x w)
      ink on paper
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Quitter la ville, 2020
      155 x 173 cm (h x w)
      Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
    • Hyacinthe Ouattara

      Multiplicité #6, 2020
      150 x 150 cm (h x w)
      Gouache, ink and pen on canvas
    • Hyacinthe Ouattara

      Multiplicité #5, 2020
      150 x 100 cm (h x w)
      Gouache, ink and pen on canvas
    • Hyacinthe Ouattara

      Multiplicité #4, 2020
      150 x 100 cm (h x w)
      Gouache, ink and pen on canvas
    • Hyacinthe Ouattara

      Multiplicité #3, 2020
      150 x 100 cm (h x w)
      Gouache, ink and pen on canvas
    • Hyacinthe Ouattara

      Multiplicité #2, 2020
      150 x 100 cm (h x w)
      Gouache, ink and pen on canvas
    • Hyacinthe Ouattara

      Multiplicité #1, 2020
      150 x 100 cm (h x w)
      Gouache, ink and pen on canvas
    • Ousmane Niang

      Untitled, 2020
      200 x 160 cm (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
    • Ousmane Niang

      Untitled, 2020
      200 x 160 cm (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
    • Ousmane Niang

      La danse, 2020
      200 x 160 cm (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
    • Ousmane Niang

      La lettre, 2020
      200 x 160 cm (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
    • Ousmane Niang

      L'équilibre, 2020
      200 x 160 cm (h x w)
      acrylic on canvas
    • Omar Mahfoudi

      Sans titre , 2020
      173 x 150 cm (h x w)
      ink on paper
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