For this new exhibition, the Blachère Foundation displays a selection of old African objects made out of iron from a private collection and from the contemporary works in the Blachère Collection.
The aim of this exhibition is not to display a range of iron objects and sculptures from Africa, but to compare the shapes of objects from the metalworking industry which are both simple and extremely sophisticated at the same time. These objects include traditional African iron (coins, 'bâtons de medicine', weapons, shields etc.) in comparison with modern and contemporary African sculptures made out of the same metal.
The relationship between the old and the new is complete with the recent iron sculptures of the two young Beninese artists invited for a creative residency at the Blachère Foundation earlier in the year, Marius Dansou and Rémy Samuz. Soly Cissé's artwork; J. D. Okhai Ojeikere's photography; Mansour Ciss's printing on 'Dibond'; 'Confluences' by El Anatsui, a flamboyant wall sculpture made with aluminium strips and copper wire in reference to Ghanaian Kente textiles; and 'Dexu Adüna' by Alexis Peskine, a profound portrait of a young man literally nailed to dark wooden planks - making up a careful resonance to the exhibition's old and contemporary iron sculptures.