Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou: Citizens of Porto-Novo
From March 29 to April 7, 2018, Jack Bell Gallery, London will present Citizens of Porto-Novo, a new body of work by Bienese photographer, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou. Here, the artist captures Benin’s capital, as well as interprets the experience of a generation caught between tradition and progress.
Leonce is one of the pre-eminent photographers of the Republic of Benin. Born in Porto-Novo in 1965, he was trained by his father, the world-renowned photographer Joseph Moise Agbodjelou (1912-2000). Leonce is the founder and director of the first photographic school in Benin and has recently been appointed president of the Photographer’s Association of Porto-Novo. His work has been exhibited at significant spaces including Saatchi Gallery London, Seattle Art Museum, Fowler Museum Los Angeles, Brooklyn Museum New York, Vitra Museum Basel, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, and Camden Arts Centre, London. Acquisitions include the National Gallery of Canada, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow and Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.
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