LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery has reinstated “Découvertes“, its exhibition dedicated to showcasing artists on the world stage until September 3, 2022.
The fourth edition of the exhibition “Découvertes“, which focuses on youth, will bring together the worlds of six specialists on the walls of the gallery in Abidjan.
We will find the artists Aïssatou Ciss, Théophany Adoh, Aude Guirauden, Ibn Cheickh Sallah Diebkile, Wanger Ayu and Stéphane Cuxac. Each of them will send, with their particular reason, their ontological vision of the world, of what connects people to their field, to their set of experiences and thus to their identity.
They use photography, painting, drawing, assemblage and come from Senegal, Ivory Coast, France and Nigeria… The diversity of the starting points of these artists and the mediums they use seems significant of the richness of contemporary manifestations that this new artistic era conveys.
The artists Aïssatou Ciss, Théophany Adoh, Aude Guirauden, Ibn Cheickh Sallah Diebkile, Wanger Ayu, Stéphane Cuxac with their varied universes and backgrounds, offer us a glimpse of a piece of the emerging scene in Africa, of its audacity and its desires.
Born in Senegal, the photographer Aïssatou Ciss lives and works between the island of Gorée and Dakar. She discovered photography through the Rencontres Internationales d’Art Contemporain coordinated by LES ATELIERS SAHM, in Brazzaville.
The themes of identity, transmission and strength are essential in her work. She has fun capturing her terroir, making the viewer take a step back and notice snapshots of life.
Theophany Adoh was born in Abidjan where he lives and works. He graduated from the Abidjan School of Fine Arts and participated in 2016 in the GUY Nairay Prize coordinated by the Houkami Gallery in Abidjan. In 2017, he participates in a group exhibition that has the theme “ART & US” and then participates in a studio coordinated by the Swiss aggregate Klaym that will have him seen in Nice magazine. This diffusion allows him to win the Swiss Award Design 2018, and then, at that time, to participate in the UNSEEN fair in Amsterdam.
In 2021, he participates in the exhibitions “DemocraSEE” and “Abidjan Street Act #1” at the Adama Toungara Museum in Abidjan.
Aude Guirauden has been living in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, since March 2020.
After having been a chemical engineer, Aude Guirauden devotes herself entirely to her specialty. During her various trips to Africa, North America and Asia, she tries to capture the spirit of places and individuals. The artist paints in oil, acrylic, ink, on the material, on paper, on a photograph.
Ibn Cheickh Sallah Diebkile
Ibn Cheickh Sallah Diebkile is a young artist Afro-mondialized. Coming from the Dogon clan, known for its figures, he immediately chose to focus on the painting of a multisecular reality consolidating tribal impacts and current strategies. Through his works, Ibn Cheickh Sallah Diebkile needs to tell his story, but also that of his ancestors. He nourishes his specialty around his vision of a plural and difficult humanity.
Wanger Ayu is a visual artist and designer born in Jos, Nigeria. Her mediums include painting, printmaking, collage and montage with the use of texture. This well-known high contrast striped texture, used as clothing for people, is woven by the Tiv people in the Benue Valley.
After leaving Exeter Law School and ESMOD Fashion Design, she sent out her own brand, which was a quick success, including two nominations for the Future Awards for Fashion.
Her progression to studio practice began in 2017, after a medical procedure left her immobilized. Studio art turned into treatment and a break, providing her with an opportunity. Wanger Ayu currently resides and works in Lagos, Nigeria, where she is propelled by the spirit of the city and a deeply curious psyche.
Stéphane Daaly Cuxac was born in Abidjan where he grew up until he was very young. French-Senegalese, he sought to focus on his studies in France where he normally followed a preparation that allowed him to foster his creative spirit.
He obtained a master’s degree in visual communication and a bachelor’s degree in art history and discovered photography and computer science. Self-taught, he consolidates graphic design and photography to join the whimsical to the authentic.