Ange Dakouo: La Marche series 2022
He is inspired by the universe and costumes of the traditional hunters of Mali which have a refuge value of authenticity and protected knowledge. They also provide protection and exorcise the perils of life.
Ange Dakouo is inspired by the universe and costumes of the traditional hunters of Mali which have a refuge value of authenticity and protected knowledge. They also provide protection and exorcise the perils of life.
From the folding of newspaper, in memory of his father, a printer, and from the tying of cotton thread, the grigri is born, reproduced and bound to compose his works. He addresses the essential question of the re-foundation of Africa and the advent of a new and improved society.
As in the alchemical process, black, white (blue), red, the space of his paintings evolves towards a quest for perfection; these parcels of color are the reflection of difficulties and obstacles, such as the current pandemic, they sometimes dominate, darkening the whole work, or remain discreet as the red squares and invite us to vigilance. Figurative forms sometimes appear such as “Flight” when Ange Dakouo gratifies us and lifts us towards his positive vision of the possible creation of a better world.
Born in 1990, graduated from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia de Bamako (Mali) in 2017. Ange lives and works in Bamako; he is one of the founders of the Tim’Art collective with whom he exhibits regularly.
His first solo exhibition “Les Boîtes Rouges” took place in 2018 at Taxi Bamako. In 2019, his work was presented in the exhibition “Les Tisseurs de Liens” at BICIM, then in a solo installation “Demain sera meilleur” at Villa Soudan in Bamako. He was invited to the AKAA 2019 fair and by Armelle Dakouo for an exhibition at the Espace Commines in Paris (France) and exhibited at the Galerie Trames in Dakar (Senegal) as part of the Partcours 2020, before his residency at the Blachère Foundation. In 2022, Dakouo is part of the official selection of the Congo Biennale and at documenta fifteen in Kassel (Germany) along with Abdoulaye Konaté and Seydou Camara presented by the Festival sur le Niger Foundation.
Exhibited in Mali and internationally, his works have entered the collections of the Fondation H (Madagascar, the Société Ivoirienne de Banque (Côte d’Ivoire), the Fondation Blachère (France and Senegal) as well as many private collections. (courtesy: LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery}