Hélène Caux (Fr) - Photographies: Sur les traces d'Harakoye, errances sur le fleuve Niger
A self-taught photographer, Hélène Caux has been based in Dakar since 2012. Her photo work mainly focuses on minority communities, including women and children, and exiled populations. She worked for a refugee agency for over 15 years – including five years in West Africa – using photography as a tool to report on humanitarian issues in Chad, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Sudan. From her extensive travels and enriching encounters has emerged a vital need to wander freely and experience the unexpected. Her photo project on the Niger River is an opportunity for her to explore the unique bonds that link the various ethnic communities to the river as well as the ancestral myths that unify them.
She has exhibited her work around the world, including at the National Geographic Explorer Hall in Washington, D.C., La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Ortakoy Square in Istanbul, and the Open Society Institute in New York.
Ize Fall (Sn) – Paintings, mixed media
Ize Fall discovered art through sewing. His vocation encourages him to do research on design and clothing, and he creates his own collection made of patchworks. From one thread to another, he begins to express his love of colors on the canvas. Influenced by the urban environment and mural frescoes that adorn Dakar, he focuses on graphic and mosaic techniques.
Ambitious and perfectionist, Ize Fall signs figurative and semi-figurative works, incorporating personalized lettering. The decoding of his works leads to questions about the material world, and beyond, about an immaterial world that throws the viewer into an introspection on himself.
Ndoye Douts (Sn) - Inks, pastels and installation
Mohamadou Ndoye, also known as Ndoye Douts, was born on May 1, 1973 in Sangalkam. Contemporary Senegalese artist, he comes of the third generation of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Dakar. The chaotic world of cities is his main source of inspiration.
His universe is a maze of disordered lanes, where improbable vehicles circulate. Dry clothes on the wires, television antennas scratch the sky, phone numbers make unanswered calls. The houses are entangled, heap of debris from the world and its miseries, cardboard, corrugated iron, breeze blocks, mud huts, nothing is missing to illustrate the ingenuity of the man of our soulless cities.
For this exhibition, he presents ink paintings and a big urban installation.
Justine Gaga, artist (Cm) – Paintings
Justine Gaga was born in 1974 in Douala. Polymorphous artist, she practices painting, installation, video and photography, exploring the different notions and perceptions of loneliness. Assuming her status as an artist, with a genuine desire to progress and to do better, Justine Gaga seeks to maintain her integrity, as a human being, and not only as a woman.
Her work, which deals with the notion of loneliness, explores related themes such as exile and isolation, immigration, notions of barriers and boundaries, following a psychological perspective. It takes the form of an enigmatic character, often all black, sometimes all white, who scours the most improbable sets, like a boat cellar or a deserted refreshment bar.
Justine Gaga’s hybrid evocations are the signs of new identities, often transitional identities. Her recurring character, researching outlets, reflects her need to understand human nature: he questions, and he questions us.
Loman Art (ZA/Aus) – Sculpted paintings
Self-taught artist, Loman begins by creating mobiles. In the way of Calder, she tames the metal by delicately cutting it, to hang geometric pieces in an art deco style or to paint the celestial colors on winding plates whirling. The notion of dimension, scale and surface have already a paramount importance. The work of metal is accompanied by a will to recycle: invading the streets of Dakar in many forms, Loman is interested by reusing these iron waste to sublimate and expose them.
Thus, she came to realize large canvases juxtaposing painting, broken mirrors, capsules and all kinds of beams. Her style evolved until to elaborate sculptured paintings: on a canvas are the contours that let the message, presaged by the metallic sculpture that adorns it. The naive painting blends the hardness of the metal, cut with finesse. This rigid lace multiplies the fields of the eye: the shadows, the space, the colors that its carries offer the works of Loman unexpected and multidimensional facets.