After its edition dedicated to Senegal and following the call for expression of interest recently opened until May 28, 2022 for the competition of contemporary art focused on the emerging scene of the Ivory Coast, the first meeting of the jury of the ellipse Prize 2022 publishes the 5 finalists among the 67 who responded and makes us discover their works while waiting to give the name of the winner of this fifth edition on Tuesday, June 21.

At the end of this second meeting of the jury, the winner will benefit from an exhibition at the international fair AKAA from 20 to 23 October 2022, as well as a media accompaniment tailored to the needs.

Assoukrou Aké  

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ASSOUKROU AKÉ, Du tumulte du monde au silence du papier, 2021, acrylique sur craft, scotch de masquage bleu et page d’encyclopédie de 1906 sous l’Empire colonial britannique

Assoukrou René Poupoint is a multidisciplinary artist whose training in art history has led him to foster research projects in which he assumes the role of a clinical specialist conducting supposed healing stories. Considered as a reaction to brutality and its capacity of transformation, these stories are transcribed through visual references made of pieces of images.

Aly Mazeh 

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ALY MAZEH, Wambêlê, 2021, acrylique sur toile

Aly Mazeh is a self-taught Ivorian artist of Lebanese origin.

Having grown up between Abidjan and Lebanon, he became familiar with drawing and painting at a very early age and has been animated by the different societies of his young life. The Wambêlê, one of the great extraordinary masks of the Sénoufo people; through this work, the artist asks for the conservation of the signs of our societies and their incorporation in our lives.

Keren Lasme

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KEREN LASME, Untitled I, Beneath our skin lies the sun, 2019, photographie

Keren Lasme is a multi-disciplinary researcher and artist with a Masters degree in African Studies with a specialization in philosophy. She explores different avenues of contemplations, reflections and perspectives comparable to the staging of material and non-material societies in Africa. This series is a tribute to the excellence, strength and delicacy of young Ivorian albino women.

Cynthia Colney

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CYNTHIA COLNEY, Nature vivante, 2022, huile et pastel sur toile

French-Malagasy artist based in Abidjan, Cynthia Colney is guided by her mixed race, social variety is omnipresent in these works, whose luminous tones, symbols and whimsical style celebrate female excellence and nature. Living Nature brings the undetectable to a climax through these rounds of overlays capturing a dark energy that confuses the viewer’s vision.

Théophany Adoh

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THÉOPHANY ADOH, Lago mìa nya, Open locks, photographie et collages digitaux

Théophany Adoh, otherwise known as the Traxeur, has a degree in communication and design and became familiar with photography during his studies with a specific focus on hairstyles, a vector of status and personality in West African societies.

By implanting vignettes of woven, colored or even hairpieces, he deciphers an enigma of character that opposes customary culture and fake hair.

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