C-Print, Edition: 2/6 + 2AP
The left and right photographs of this triptych work illustrate scenes in the city, which once served as the Portuguese slave trading port. In front of these decaying colonial structures, makeshift market shops now stand, as an integral part of the city's activity. In the middle photograph, a woman proudly holds a black and white photograph of ancestors, remembered for their courage and strength. Agbodjelou offers an intimate look at the human effects of the slave trade, with a narrative lens on the people and scenes of Porto-Novo.
Leonce Raphael Agdbodjelou’s work has been collected by the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. He has been exhibited at Brooklyn Museum New York, Fowler Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Israel & Camden Arts Centre, Saatchi Gallery London, Seattle Art Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Vitra Design Museum, among others.
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