Scheduled to take place from November 20, 2020 to November 20, 2022 at the Palais de Lomé, the LOME+ exhibition will start in the coming days, subject to new developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. A mixed-media exhibition by Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, LOME+ is a museum project that takes an authentic look at the past and present of the Togolese capital, while projecting it into the future, to the year 2050.
A digital exhibition and a historical-poetic discourse of the Togolese capital.
Essentially digital, the LOME+ exhibition is part of a three-stage journey. Firstly, its mission is to make visitors discover the history of the city of Lomé since its creation, through an imaginative and immersive narration. The exhibition then unveils the major changes that the city has undergone and its current colors. The third stage of this artistic journey will lead visitors through projections on the future of Lomé, as perceived and materialized through the works of various artists.
In order to allow visitors to fully experience this journey through time, the organizers of this avant-garde exhibition offer visitors a multimedia immersion through several series of images, video and archival sound documents. Immersive devices, as well as various artistic installations will also contribute to the sensory discovery of all the poetry contained in this exhibition.
Lomé+ can be visited thanks to a virtual guide, the PLUS application, which can be downloaded from GooglePlay.
LOME+, the route from yesterday to tomorrow
The entrance to the LOME+ exhibition is comparable to that of a kind of old-growth forest. The first work that we discover is in fact made up of a sort of heap of plant fibers, called alotimé in the local language. It is from these fibers that the Togolese capital takes its name. A story, which has become a myth, whose contours are still filled with a certain mystery. In the series of works from the past, visitors will be able to discover portraits of some of the city’s founders. Archive images depicting the Lomé of the time, its markets and the rivers from which it draws its essence are also to be discovered.
The passage from the past to the present is then made thanks to a QR code, as a first step towards modernity. Once the ancient forest is crossed, it is indeed to a very real present that visitors access. Lomé, capital of Togo, is then revealed under its current realities: its beautiful beaches, its children, its ethnic mix, its dynamism… But also under the current challenges facing its youth, which are staged in a documentary fresco in 6 chapters.
LOME+ then paints us the Togolese capital of the future: a modern and very technologically advanced city; digital being at the center of all fields.
The exhibition then continues on a note devoted to the Sihin, a ring of fabric used to carry and stabilize a load on the head, which materializes the need to ensure a link and a stable transition from one era to another.
LOME+, a section reserved for the young public
Through LOME+, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou lifts the veil and artistically illustrates the evolution known by Togolese society. He also celebrates many artists, whose works reveal the architectural and urban richness of the border capital.
In this context, a Young Public section is planned for the young visitors of the exhibition. It notably houses an immersive installation inside an alcove. Named Paul Ahyi‘s Cave, this installation refers to the works of one of the emblematic figures of Togolese art and culture. It is discovered in a playful way through a kind of treasure hunt in augmented reality, whose goal is to reconstruct the works of Paul Ahyi through multiple fragments. A futuristic creation that we owe to the Franco-Beninese Pierrick Chabi.
The work of the artists
The result of multiple collaborations, the LOME+ exhibition is a compendium of the works of several artists:
- The space devoted to the entry into the past of the city of Lomé is the work of Kokou Nouwavi, visual artist and head of the Case des Daltons.
- The images of the present come, for their part, from the photographer Jacques Do Kokou, director and founder of the itinerant cinema of Togo (CIT).
- As for the documentary fresco of 6 chapters on the present of LOME+, it comes from the work of the artist-director and rapper Elom 20ce, entitled Aux Impossibles Imminents.
- Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, curator of the exhibition, has for his part, produced the images for the “Future” section of LOME+. Architect and anthropologist, he is the initiator of the African Woman of Architecture and the founder of the Woelab.
- Pierrick Chabi, to whom we owe the augmented reality quest game relating to the works of Paul Ahyi, is responsible for the French start-up Wakatoon.
- The part of the exhibition devoted to Sihin presents the work of Silvia Rosi, a Togolese photographer living in London.
LOME+ has also seen the contribution of some fifteen researchers from the University of Lomé, as well as the discreet intervention of several speakers, such as Jean-Yves Martin, designer and cultural engineer. This exhibition is therefore a scenographic perspective represented by these different speakers, and whose discovery will certainly fascinate visitors.
The Palais de Lomé, to host LOME+.
It is the belvedere tower of the Palais de Lomé that will host the LOME+ exhibition. A historical monument of the Togolese capital, the Palais de Lomé presents an architecture that fits perfectly with the spirit of the exhibition.
Now dedicated to celebrating the artistic and cultural productions of Togolese and Africans, the site is now a center of art and culture open to the public. Located inside a botanical park, it offers many services related to these sectors. From the store to the exhibition halls, through the bookstore, the space dedicated to live shows, or the art gallery, the Palais de Lomé offers exhibitors a suitable setting to visit and promote their works. In addition, there are two restaurants, one of which is gastronomic.
The LOME+ exhibition will therefore take place in person in the magnificent setting of the Palais de Lomé, but visits will also be facilitated by a virtual guide, accessible via the PLUS application, which can be downloaded from GooglePlay.