ABOUDIA: CHAP CHAP
Chap Chap, a solo exhibition by Ivorian artist opens today at 6pm at Art Twenty One. The exhibition in collaboration with Galerie Cécile Fakhoury follows the artist’s continued interest in exploring the urbanity of Abidjan’s cityscape and the culture of the Nouchi, a pidgin language that emerged in the Ivory Coast in the early 1980s.
Aboudia is best known for expressive paintings executed in a spontaneous manner akin to street art and graffiti. As a social commentator, Aboudia examines daily life in the Ivory Coast, with particular attention to its history of conflict. His recent works explore his experiences as a cosmopolitan artist as he moves between spaces and cultures. Included in this exhibition are the artist’s iconic large scale canvases depicting amorphous characters and visages. Executed in a simplistic yet emotional manner, the figures are created with crude brush strokes, protruded facial features and elemental forms. The exhibition also includes mixed media works appropriating photographic images from magazines and newspapers. Layered with marks, sketches and texts, these works depict diverse cultural references spanning the historical archive, the tradition of masks and wood sculpture.
Aboudia compares this cross-reference of styles to the organic formation of the Nouchi dialect in Ivory Coast, a mix between the French language and several local languages. The overlapping planes of images, symbols and paint create an ambiguous visual imaginary, highlighting the complex relationship between
tradition and modernity that defines the ethos of the Nouchi culture.
The exhibition runs till March 26.
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