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1- 54 African Art Fair 2020: starts today 8 Oct – Meet Diallo, Delphine – Penney, Joe – Erruas, Safaa – Gbadebo, Adebunmi and Silué, Joachim

1- 54 African Art Fair 2020: starts today 8 Oct – Meet Diallo, Delphine – Penney, Joe – Erruas, Safaa – Gbadebo, Adebunmi and Silué, Joachim

Diallo, Delphine

Image name: Delphine Diallo, DNA, 2019, Fibre pigment print, Wood white frame, 60 x 80 cm. Courtesy Boogie Wall

Born 1977 in Paris, France. Lives and works in New York, USA

Represented by: Boogie-Wall

Delphine Diallo is a Brooklyn-based French and Senegalese visual artist and photographer.

She graduated from the Académie Charpentier School of Visual Art in Paris in 1999 before working in the music industry for seven years as a special effects motion artist, video editor and graphic designer. In 2008, she moved to New York to explore her own practice after giving up a cooperate Art Director role in Paris. Diallo was mentored by acclaimed photographer and artist Peter Beard at a similar time she decided to return to her father’s home city of Saint-Louis in Senegal to create her own style. Seeking to challenge the norms of our society, Diallo immerses herself in the realm of anthropology, mythology, religion, science and martial arts to inspire herself creatively. Diallo’s work has been exhibited globally in London, New York, Miami, Addis Ababa, Berlin, Dakar and Rome, amongst many other cities.

  • Penney, Joe

Born in 1987 is US. Lives and works in New York, US. Represented by: Galerie Number 8

Image name: Joe Penney & Abdou Ouologuem, Knowledge, Edition of 8, 2014, Photography, pigment inkjet print on fine art paper, 45 x 30 cm. Courtesy Galerie Number 8 

Joe Penney is a photographer based in New York City. He has spent the last seven years living and working in West Africa.

  • Erruas, Safaa

Born in 1976 in Tétouan, Morocco Lives and works in Tétouan, Morocco

Represented by: 50 Golborne

Safaa Erruas’ work explores existential notions through the meditative abstraction of visceral objects. Recently re-examining the concept of the Sublime through the prism of the current threats that exist towards the planet’s and human’s natural environment, the artist contrasts a narrow range of materials and textures. Senses of fragility and softness are conveyed by her use of cotton and paper is in tension with moments of resistance or sharpness expressed by such materials as needles, and broken glass.

Image name: Safaa Erruas, This World Is Mine 1, 2020, Ink, broken glass and paper on cotton paper, 84 x 100 cm. Courtesy of 50 Golborne

Since 1996, Erruas has been exhibiting regularly in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Norway, Algeria, India and United States. She participated in the Dak’Art Biennial in the 2002 and 2006, and the 25th Alexandria Biennial for Mediterranean countries in 2009, where her work entitled “The Moon Inside of Me” won the award of the Biennial. In 2015, the artist took part at the 12th Biennial of Habana for the specific project “Beyond the Wall”. In 2016, her work Invisibles was shown at the Musac Museum in Leon, Spain as part of the Lucy’s Iris exhibition. Her latest solo exhibition Le Temps Parcouru, held in January 2018 at L’Atelier 21 in Casablanca, Morocco, was a mid-career survey show, and the first monograph of her work was published on this occasion. In 2019, she had her first solo exhibition in the UK, Home Inside Out, at 50 Golborne.

  • Gbadebo, Adebunmi

Born 1992 in Livingston, USA. Lives and works in Newark, USA

Represented by: Claire Oliver Gallery

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Adebunmi Gbadebo explores concepts involving land, memory, and erasure. Her History Papers are a mix of cotton, indigo dye and human hair, collected from black barbershops, which the artist pulverises and combines to create sheets of hand-laid “paper”. These papers are viewed as abstracted documents, loaded with genetic histories and racial references.

Image name: Adebunmi Gbadebo, TRUE BLUE 13, From the series Human Black Hair, Cotton, rice Paper, denim, indigo, hair Dye, silk screen print, 55.88 x 71.12 cm. Courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

The artist’s own history reveals ancestors located on plantations in Carolina; her use of indigo and cotton reference her own family in particular but the African Diaspora as a larger concept. Gbadebo’s studio practice is an attempt to answer lingering questions and process these histories. Pounds of kinky hair, cotton, denim, and indigo hair dye are baptised in water, then pulled out to form compositions reminiscent of aerial maps or bodies of water. These actions become a way of accessing place and time through material and process. Gbadebo’s work has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Museum of American Art and has been exhibited at Rutgers University and The College of Saint Elizabeth. Gbadebo’s work has been reviewed in The Huffington Post and AfroPunk.

  • Silué, Joachim (MAIN IMAGE as below)

Born 1972 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Lives and works in Modena, Italy

Represented by: Sulger-Buel Gallery

Image name: Joachim Silué, The Invisibles, 2020, Composition on mdf earth black pigment, iron wire wooden strips fabric nails and drawing, 90 x 107 x 20cm. Courtesy Sulger-Buel Gallery 

Joachim Silué’s works of sculpture are composed of bitumen, wire or recycled wood whose materiality is palpable. The artist places an importance on using materials that have absorbed a form of suffering, a story. The memory of his past constantly animates him. The reduced palette composed of whites, blacks and beiges emphasize the narrative presence of these raw materials of whom Silué tries to sublimate the last moments of life, as to grant them an ultimate function. Silué’s work has been exhibited globally and in 2017, Silué took part in both the 57th Venice Biennale and the Curitiba Biennial.

1-54 London will return at Somerset House, 8-10 October 2020.