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IN-DISCIPLINE 

MONTRESSO* ART SPACE 

25.02 – 31.03.2019

IN-DISCIPLINE PROGRAM

IN-DISCIPLINE is a travelling program that supports creation and diffusion of visual artists first triennial phase in Africa and then in other regions of the world. Its particularity is to rely on one hand on in a Morocco and in particular on the city of Marrakech as a platform of international visibility, and on the other hand on structures strongly implicated in the promotion of arts and culture in the chosen countries. The strength of this pilot phase is to combine research and laboratory time with moments of direct contact with professionals and with the international art market.

IN-DISCIPLINE is joined by a major figure of contemporary African art, in the person of Yacouba Konaté, curator, writer, art critic, professor of philosophy and curating. Among his many commitments, this fervent defender and connoisseur of contemporary African and Ivorian creation is a member of the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Cultures of Africa and Diasporas of Abidjan, director of the Rotonde des Arts Contemporains in the Nour-al-Hayat Gallery, Plateau, Abidjan. Like no other, he will accompany the dual approach of the program IN-DISCIPLINE, which beyond supporting a selection of young artists, aims to contribute to the development of the art market in Africa.

In-Discipline will be unveiled as part of the 1-54 contemporary art fair in February 2019 at the Montresso* Art Space.

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SELECTED ARTISTS

Armand Boua

Armand Boua, born 1978 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Graduated of the National National School of Fine Arts of ivory Coast, Technical Center of Applied Arts, Ste Mary Training Institute, Museum of Civilization, he lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The works of Armand Boua reveal the lives of children living on the streets, its demonstrate the violence and the political struggles in West Africa. It is in Abidjan, the economic capital at the crossroads of urbanization and industrialization, that the artist’s sensitivity sharpens. His work on children is inspired by street scenes where urban migration creates ethnic, linguistic, cultural and social entanglements.

Gopal Dagnogo

Gopal Dagnogo was born in 1973 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In 1991, Gopal Dagnogo moved to Bordeaux to study art. He returned to Africa six years later and settled in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to learn traditional bronze techniques. The artist lives and works in Paris today. Gopal Dagnogo does not prepare in advance what he paints, it is the painting that decides for him, he is only the instrument, the tool of his own work. This spontaneity reflects the soul of the artist, abandoning as much as possible the mimicry to move on to creation.

Joachim Silué

Kagnédjatou Joachim Silué was born in 1972 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, he is at the same time painter, sculptor and designer. He lives and works today in Modena, Italy. Admiring the still lives of Joachim Silué, it is difficult not to see a tribute to life, to senses. Half way between painting and sculpture his works are composed of bitumen, wire or recycled wood whose materiality is palpable.

Pascal Konan

Pascal Konan was born in 1979 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Abidjan, Pascal Konan teaches today painting while practicing his artistic activity. Staging the daily life of the inhabitants of Abidjan, the artist interprets a particular emotion, the one produced by African cities through their crowd and the exuberant profusion of sounds and smells that characterize them. Pascal Konan’s whole approach lies both in the exaltation of a happy childhood spent in one of the suburbs of Abidjan, but also in the testimony of the precariousness of an Africa grappling with urbanity.

Yéanzi

Yéanzi was born in 1988 in Katiola, Ivory Coast. Graduated with honors from the National School of Fine Arts in Abidjan in 2012, Yéanzi worked as a portraitist for a dozen years. He lives and works today in Bingerville, Ivory Coast. The question of identity is at the heart of Yéanzi's work. Through the portrait, the artist implicitly reveals the personality of individuals with dual identities, regularly using assumed names. Such as the testimony of the mask they wear in society, Yéanzi gives their names to his works. The identity is not absolute, as a moving concept, it is for the artist a permanent and perpetual quest because we can be brought to integrate another society, to espouse another vision, sometimes to deny the old one.

IN-DISCIPLINE 

Armand Boua / Gopal Dagnogo / Pascal Konan / Joachim Silué / Yéanzi 

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