Contemporary and tribal African art
Director: Sorella Acosta
Address: Carrer Nou 1
Location: 08870 Sitges
Timetable: Monday - Sunday: 11 - 14h and 18 - 20.30h; Saturday: since 21h; Tuesday and Wednesday, only afternoon
Africa's contemporary art scene is characterized by a dynamic list of exceptional artists whose aesthetic innovation and conceptual profundity has paved the way for the next generation.
Using their creations to interpret and portray Africa's socio-economic realities, political challenges, rich traditions and diverse beauty, these leading and emerging artists continue to influence the evolution of contemporary art in Africa.For our Summer Group Show OOA Gallery will profile nine contemporary African artists: ANJEL - BODO FILS - Ilídio CANDJA CANDJA - MÉNÉ - Wycliffe MUNDOPA - Sadikou OUKPEDJO - SAADIO - Rémy SAMUZ - Médéric TURAY
Group show with different artists represented by the gallery: Aboudia – Méné – Bodo Fils – Anjel – Evans Mbugua – Fran Martí – Ilídio Candja Candja – Médéric Turay – Miquel Arnal – Remy Samuz – Sadikou Oukpedjo -
Wycliffe Mundopa – Sébastien Bouchard – Mimouni – Siaka Soppo Traore
Sadikou Oukpedjo is born in 1975 in Kétao, Togo
Lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
In just his second year of primary school, Sadikou’s teacher offered him a job. “My professors had noticed that I drew well and they made me draw maps or the organs of the human body, to use them during their classes. I copied them and made them bigger, allowing me to improve my technique in portraiture” says the artist.
In 1998, Sadikou joined the workshop of the artist Paul Ahyi in Lomé, the capital of Togo, where he worked essentially in sculpture with wood and ceramics. Apart from his work as a sculptor, Sadikou began to paint and experiment with other subjects and mediums: drawings in old books, portraits on old mirrors…
In 2010, Sadikou settled in Bamako, where he attended the workshop of the Beninese artist Ludovic Fadaïro. The war in Mali motivated him in 2013 to move to Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, where Sadikou devoted himself entirely to painting.
Back from the Dakar biennial in 2014, the Cameroonian exhibition curator noticed Sadikou’s work and presented the artist to the Cécile Fakhoury Gallery in Abidjan, which presented some of his works at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
In 2015, Sadikou’s work was exhibited for the first time in Lagos (Nigeria) during the exhibition "Platform", organized by the Art Twenty One Gallery. The same year, he participated in an artistic residency at the Blachère Foundation in APT, France.
In 2016, the Fakhoury Gallery presented with great success his work during a solo exhibition "Anima" and during OFF, part of the 12th Dakar Biennial. At the end of the same year, Sadikou participated in the Thread artistic residency of the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Tambacounda, Senegal and in the La Vallée space in Brussels.
In 2017, Sadikou works were presented during the Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art fair in London. In 2018, he was selected for the French Institute's residency program at the Cité des Arts in Paris.
The OOA Gallery of Sitges (Barcelona) will present Sadikou’s works for the first time at the Art X Lagos Fair (Nigeria) in November 2018 and in the following month in its gallery in Sitges as part of the exhibition «Fusion». Sadikou’s works will be exhibited alongside of new works by the internationally recognized Ivorian artist, Aboudia. In his works for this exhibition, Sadikou investigates the concepts of origin and the metamorphosis from animal to man. During the traditional feast of the Tabasqui, Sadikou was greatly affected by the animal's worried gaze. This feeling feeds his research into the differences between man and animal, reaching the conclusion that, like man, animals possess a conscience and experience fear, joy and suffering.