Internationally acclaimed artist Georges Adéagbo, recently exhibited in his home country at Atlantic Artspace, returns to the United States for an exceptional exhibition at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. Through February 15, 2023, Georges Adéagbo will present “Create to Free Yourselves“, which explores themes of freedom and servitude in the historic setting of the house where Abraham Lincoln lived and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.
Georges Adéagbo is known for his unique found object installations, and this exhibition is no exception. With vignettes throughout the cottage, including sculptures, crafts, illustrations and panels, the Create to Free Yourselves exhibit will pay tribute to Georges Adéagbo‘s lifelong interest in Abraham Lincoln. Georges Adéagbo describes the president as a man who worked to re-found the union, not by force, but by the generosity of his heart.
President Lincoln’s Cottage is a rare place where Lincoln’s private and professional lives intersect, making it the perfect setting for George Adéagbo‘s work. The exhibition will highlight the relationship between the personal and the political and show how the objects on display interact with each other, with their creators, with Abraham Lincoln and the history of slavery, and with the historical structure of the cottage.
Cross-cultural transfer will also be a key aspect of the exhibition. The objects are prepared by a team of artists in Benin and assembled at President Lincoln’s Cottage, making the process itself an act of artistic self-release. Georges Adéagbo‘s unique message will be reinforced by this intersection of cultural relationships.
In conclusion, “Create to Free Yourselves” is a golden opportunity for art and history lovers to discover the fascinating work of Georges Adéagbo while exploring the life of Abraham Lincoln in the historical context of President Lincoln’s Cottage.