1-54: at Christie's, contemporary African art shows its diversity
Nicolas Michel, Jeune Afrique, April 8, 2022
The second Parisian edition of the contemporary African art fair 1-54 is held at Christie's until April 10. An intimate panorama of current creation through numerous portraits with subtle political dimensions.
...African silhouettes with erased features and evolving in a world of signs, we find in the work of the Ivorian Sess Essoh (LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery) or the Angolan Ana Silva (Magnin-A), but on the whole of the fair, it is the real portraits that dominate. Thus the very graphic and colorful photographs of Moroccan Mous Lamrabat (Loftartgallery) place us in front of characters often masked and also confronted with a forest of signs: the acronyms and codes of advertising. It is for the artist to "denounce the consumer society, mixing ostentatious luxury and counterfeiting to the liking of Moroccan cultural references...