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Big City: Artists from Africa

Group show at Serpentine Gallery. 1995
Date: 21 September, 1995 until 5 November, 1995
Curator: Julia Peyton-Jones and André Magnin:
Organiser: Serpentine Gallery

From the preface to the Big City: Artists from Africa catalogue:

“The Serpentine is proud to present Big City: Artists from Africa as part of africa 95. The exhibition brings together six contemporary artists, who make compelling objects and images encompassing a diversity of cultural references, from Mali to the Northern Transvaal. The artists use a range of media; painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Georges Adéagbo has travelled to England to create an installation comprising elements transported from Benin in conjunction with objects he has found in London. Frédéric Bruly Bouabré is represented by over 200 small-scale coloured drawings from the ongoing series Conaissance du Monde, incorporating Alphabet Bété (first version) which has never been exhibited. Body Isek Kingelez’s architectural models embody his utopian vision of future urban environments. Seydou Keïta’s evocative black and white photographs from the 1950s and ‘60s vividly record the life of the community in which he lived. Johannes Mashego Segogela’s wooden tableaux warn us of the repercussions of violence and social injustice. Cyprien Tokoudagba has travelled to London to make a work directly on to the walls of the Serpentine Gallery, exploring the imagery he paints in the temples of Benin.”

Related items

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»  Big City: Artists from Africa - catalogue

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1995

People in this exhibition + view all 6

»  Georges Adéagbo

Born, 1942 in Cotonou,Benin

»  Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Born, 1921 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

»  Seydou Keïta

Born, 1921 in Bamako, Mali. Died, 2001

»  Bodys Isek Kingelez

Born, 1948 in Democratic Republic of the Congo

»  Johannes Mashego Segogela

Born, 1936 in South Africa

Exhibition venues

»  Serpentine Gallery

London, United Kingdom