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Afikaris

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

  • Afikaris

    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.

  • Afikaris

    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.

  • Afikaris

    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.

  • Afikaris

    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

    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Come with me, 2018
      75 x 56 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Coal on clay, 2019
      54 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      You’re my balance, friend, 2019
      48 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      All these things my father does, I’m convinced he does to control me, 2019
      59 x 60 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Illusion, 2019
      50 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      We both felt the same way, 2020
      50 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      PawPaw boy, 2019
      50 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Happy eid, 2019
      50 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Behind my back, 2019
      50 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Pounding heart, 2019
      100 x 99 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      I will take what's yours, 2018
      50 x 75 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nana Yaw Oduro

      Camel heart, 2019
      75 x 58 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Salifou Lindou

      There is no darkness in you 5, 2020
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Nyaba Ouedrago

      The Phantoms of Congo River, 2011
      90 x 60 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Nyaba Ouedraogo

      Avancer, 2015
      60 x 90 cm (h x w)
      Digital print
    • Salifou Lindou

      Conversation, 2019
      65 x 50 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Salifou Lindou

      Tariq et Rayan, 2015
      50 x 60 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Salifou Lindou

      Mother and her daughters, 2019
      150 x 130 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Salifou Lindou

      Joueurs 2, 2019
      100 x 75 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Salifou Lindou

      Joueurs 1, 2019
      100 x 75 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
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