Two significant Contemporary African artists to exhibit together in London for the first time:
Sulger-Buel Lovell is honored to present a two-person exhibition at 1:54 Artfair in London in October 2016. Large-scale paintings, works on paper and books from two major new projects by Soly Cissé and Pélagie Gbaguidi will be exhibited in a curated booth.
Art lovers, investors and followers of Soly Cissé can expect to see new works of great passion and intensity. These have been created during a traumatic period in the artist’s life. The Senegalese artist who usually lives in Dakar contracted an infectious disease that affects the lower limbs. Numerous surgical operations and eventually an amputation left Cissé, by his own description, an “angry man”. During his lengthy recovery in Paris, Cissé says he rediscovered his passion and found his art a way to motivate himself for a fresh start. He explains this driving force as “the will to prove to myself that I am still here. I wanted to prove to myself that I was capable to face this problem before proving it to everyone else.”
Sulger-Buel Lovell will present Soly Cissé’s newest paintings as well as books from his Black Box project. These he describes as being “like a treasure, a hidden secret”. Created when he was forced to work within the confines of his hospital bed, they are artist books containing 25 to 27 original collages in each.
Christian Sulger-Buel, the London based director of the gallery, who has visited Soly many times during his ordeal, says “it is a privilege to represent Soly, and to bring these works to London. I love them! They are significant in the artist’s life, and they are powerful.”
Exhibiting alongside him in the booth is Benin artist Pélagie Gbaguidi. The oil paintings on canvas, and drawings on paper from her new project El Mundo Sans le Corps, have a different kind of intensity, similar to that which you get from a great poem, or opera. That sense of layered meanings, of moment and eternity or fragility and force in one.
The work of Gbaguidi’s hand moves and mediates characters between acts of living and re-living present and past, and serves to suspend audiences in her vision of a ‘real’ mythology.
Commenting on the works in this project, Gbaguidi says …”The era of globalization was an attempt to raise awareness among citizens, of the affinity of the world they share. Today, it seems that the priority is to rebuild the conscious part of our individual belonging to the world. Art can help shape a more humane world and give us the strength to reinvent ourselves.“
Pelagie Gbaguidi, Icon in Progress Exit (Detail) 2016, Acrylic and pigment on canvas, 260 x 165cm
The common thread woven through this exhibition is this strength to reinvent ourselves.
The exhibition is presented at the 1:54 Art fair at Somerset House in London from the 6th to the 9th October 2016.
Soly Cissé (1969) a mixed media painter and sculptor from Dakar, is one of Senegal's most celebrated artists. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Dakar, 1996.
Recognized as 'one of today's ambassadors for Senegalese culture' (Khalifa Ababacar Sall -Mayor of Dakar), Cissé's paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Africa, Europe and the America's. He has exhibited in the biennale's of Sao Paulo, Havana and Dak'art, and was featured in the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition; Africa Remix curated by Simon Njami. He is rated among the top 100 African contemporary artists by Forbes.
Pélagie Gbaguidi was born in Dakar in 1965 and is from Benin by origin. She graduated from l'École des Beaux Arts, Belgium in 1995, and currently lives and practises in Brussels, Belgium. Her recent exhibitions include Asylstadt Museum at the Stadt Museum in Munich in 2013 and 2014, the Divine Comedy curated by Simon Njami at the MMK in Frankfurt in 2014, and at the National Museum of African Art, Washington DC in 2015. She is currently participating in the exhibition El Iris de Lucy, which has traveled from MUSAC (Spain) to France.
About the gallery:
Sulger-Buel Lovell is positioned as part of a new approach in understanding the trajectories of contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. It focuses on the challenges that artists are confronting in their urban environments, where art is a configuration of local, regional and intercontinental ideas and practices. In the process of social and cultural change in Africa, Sulger-Buel Lovell is determined to highlight the increasing interconnection of artists through the process of globalisation, and to exhibit significant established and emerging talents.
Our belief is that the socio-cultural and economic transformations of Africa can be better understood through the analysis and interpretation of cutting-edge art. Furthermore, contemporary art in Africa is relevant in understanding the broader socio-political context of the continent. Sulger-Buel Lovell offers a strategic partnership approach with artists, and a highly individual approach to clients.
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Christian Sulger-Buel (London)
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