DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Gopal Dagnogo


Fin de Règne n°3 (End of a Reign n°3): Acrylic and pastel on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2013, © Tu Mazu.

Gopal Dagnogo’s work is resulting from the tumult of the recent civil war in Ivory Coast. Living in France, Dagnogo is not a direct witness. The images broadcast by the media and the stories of those left behind is fuelling an imaginary made of memories and spite. Between Dada and Pop Art, Fin de Règne is constituted of a series of paintings and drawings, which question the absurdity of war in the “democratic” Ivory Coast. The vocabulary employed by the artists made of common objects such as trainers, bottle of Arôme Magi or Flag, reflects the catharistic cynicism of Dagnogo. Some works are reminiscent of the traces left by scenes of looting: trainers scattered in a bourgeois interior decorated with Louis XVI furniture, symbolize the disaster and confusion of the events. The haves, stunned, evolve in a chaotic place. Represented by poultry, they symbolize the recollection of a memory of the artist, observing in each mansion of these upstarts, a cultural syncretism that tends more to the dichotomy between the natural country bunking and keeping up appearances. The energy and lyricism of his work make this series of works a tragic illustration of own human nature.

Born in 1973 in Abidjan, Gopal Dagnogo arrived in Bordeaux in 1991 to study art. In 1997, he returned to Africa and settled down in Ouagadougou to learn techniques of traditional bronze. He participated in exhibitions in West Africa and Europe. Back in Paris in 2001, he had to stop painting temporarily because he didn’t have any studio where to work until 2007 the year he focused on painting full-time. Since, he had the opportunity to exhibit in Europe (France, Switzerland, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, Italy), in Africa (Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso) and also in the Middle East where some of his works are part of the collection of modern art museum of Kuwait city. His paintings are on permanent display at galerie Eric Dumont in Troyes, galerie No Smoking in Strasbourg Galerie Cyème in Paris, Reg’art-Confrontations in Rouen, galerie Le Sud in Zurich.

View online : www.gopaldagnogo.book.fr