Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, ‘Engoungoun Akogui Gueledè | Jumeaux Qui marque la fin de la danse’, 2017, Photography, Giclée Print on Epson Natural Hot Press Paper, Diasec, SMAC
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Engoungoun Akogui Gueledè | Jumeaux Qui marque la fin de la danse, 2017

Giclée Print on Epson Natural Hot Press Paper, Diasec
59 1/10 × 43 3/10 in
150 × 110 cm
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Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch
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Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou
Beninese, b. 1965
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The son of Benin’s best-known photographer Joseph Moise Agbodjelou, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou photographs the people of his hometown—the thriving port city of Porto-Novo, caught between tradition and modern influences. Drawing subjects from street life, friends, family, and studio customers, Agbodjelou produces carefully composed portraits of individuals in interior spaces, standing in brightly colored, traditional Yoruba costumes against mud brick walls. In his “Demoiselles de Porto-Novo” series—which addresses art history through its triptych formats and titular references to Picasso—he focuses on the young female citizens of Porto-Novo, often capturing them in ceremonial or Vodun masks. Images such as Untitled Triptych (from the series Demoiselles de Porto-Novo) (2012), feature Portuguese-style colonial buildings, which point to the city’s historical role as a gateway for the colonial slave trade with Brazil. Agbodjelou recently opened Benin’s first photography school.

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, ‘Engoungoun Akogui Gueledè | Jumeaux Qui marque la fin de la danse’, 2017, Photography, Giclée Print on Epson Natural Hot Press Paper, Diasec, SMAC
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Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou
Beninese, b. 1965
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The son of Benin’s best-known photographer Joseph Moise Agbodjelou, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou photographs the people of his hometown—the thriving port city of Porto-Novo, caught between tradition and modern influences. Drawing subjects from street life, friends, family, and studio customers, Agbodjelou produces carefully composed portraits of individuals in interior spaces, standing in brightly colored, traditional Yoruba costumes against mud brick walls. In his “Demoiselles de Porto-Novo” series—which addresses art history through its triptych formats and titular references to Picasso—he focuses on the young female citizens of Porto-Novo, often capturing them in ceremonial or Vodun masks. Images such as Untitled Triptych (from the series Demoiselles de Porto-Novo) (2012), feature Portuguese-style colonial buildings, which point to the city’s historical role as a gateway for the colonial slave trade with Brazil. Agbodjelou recently opened Benin’s first photography school.

Engoungoun Akogui Gueledè | Jumeaux Qui marque la fin de la danse, 2017

Giclée Print on Epson Natural Hot Press Paper, Diasec
59 1/10 × 43 3/10 in
150 × 110 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch
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