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Meet the artists: Nu Barreto, Ernest Dükü and Antoine Tempé

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Do not miss artists Nu Barreto, Ernest Dükü and Antoine Tempé talking about their work in (S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor's Booth B19.

Nú Barreto

(Born in 1966 in Sao Domingos, Guinea-Bissau. Lives and works in Guinea-Bissau / Paris, France / Lisbon, Portugal)

Nú Barreto is a multidisciplinary artist who uses a combination of drawing, found objects, photography, collage, and video to formulate his ideas. In recent years, his leitmotiv has been a searing condemnation of sociopolitical oppressions, particularly those with repercussions for African citizens. The symbols, forms, and colours incorporated within his work provide a vocabulary for articulating the causal factors of social frustration and disenchantment. Barreto’s works have been included in group exhibitions at Ville de Martigny in Switzerland, as part of the project, Dakar-Martigny: Hommage à la Biennale d’art contemporain (2016); Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Portugal (2012); Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (World Festival of Black Arts), Dakar (2010); the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2006); and Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2006).

Ernest Dükü

(Born in 1958 in Bouake, Côte d'Ivoire. Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire / Paris, France)

Ernest Dükü began as an architect and designer, before moving on to his preferred media of painting and sculpture. In his work, textures, colours, and signs are deeply intertwined. Traditional Akan signs are brought into dialogue with Egyptian, Ethiopian, Caribbean, Christian, and Islamic symbolism to achieve rhythmic and nuanced results. Recent works such as to be or not to be… (2016) examines the origins of the sacred and the spiritual through symbol, divinatory rituals and faith practices. Dükü’s approach to divine matters is largely through metaphor and oral histories. As a comment on the role of language in building African histories, he explores images and stories inflected by their modes of telling and transmission. His work has been selected for group exhibitions in Paris (2015), Abidjan (2013), and London (2011). This is his first presentation in the United States.

Antoine Tempé

(Born in 1960 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Dakar, Senegal)

Antoine Tempé is a Dakar-based photographer primarily interested in documenting aspects of contemporary culture on a rapidly changing African continent. Over the years, Tempé has amassed a substantial collection of portraits of artists, performers, dancers, cultural figures and intellectuals. His practice combines close-range, short-term projects focused on performing arts festivals and dance companies with longer peripatetic projects, such as his one-year photographic journey through West Africa and Madagascar in 2000. This, and subsequent trips, laid the groundwork for several bodies of work, which have since been exhibited worldwide including at Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa (2016); Rencontres d'Arles (2016); LagosPhoto (2015); Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2016, 2012); Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou (2011); the Centre National de la Danse, Paris (2008); and Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale africaine de la photographie (2007).

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