Ernest Dükü
Kimiko Yoshida
septembre 2 2020
février 6 2021

Kimiko Yoshida & Ernest Dükü
Exhibition from September 4th to October 31st

An Afro-Asian masquerade staging:

A Japanese photographer adopted by the Dogon country before reviving masks throughout the history of art in Paris, Tokyo, and Venice.

An Ivorian artist who, from Abidjan to Paris, draws inspired by African traditional history and symbolism in a strong spirit of ecumenism.

Two artists with many treats in common: the delicate use of material, the work on the mask and its historical significance, technical mastery as well as a universal esthetic the viewer can identify with even before venturing, if they want to, into the underlying conceptual meaning.

Their work is not about drama, artifice, vanity, pretense, sunblock, or sanitary measures. The two artists rather engage in a game of esthetic hide and seek, and, through their work around the mask, offer us a very personal and original vision of humanity and its many facets.

Undoubtedly contemporary, these converging and personal points of view echo the gallery’s ambition to present art that speak about the world we live in.

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Ernest Dükü
Born in Bouake in 1958, from Abidjan to Paris, Ernest Dükü continuously draws inspired by African traditional history and symbolism in a strong spirit of ecumenism. 
His works draw on the calling of Africa and a spirit of open-mindedness. Through his plastic and esthetic research as well as the codes and messages he leaves to decipher in his works, Ernest Dükü offers a new perspective on the world between sculpture and painting. His art opens up new pathways toward looking at the complexity of the world.  
The work of Ernest Dükü also has a sociopolitical dimension. For those who carefully observe, it takes part in a very contemporary debate around religious syncretism in order to transcend it. His art aims at going beyond religious quarrels and plays the game of life where each of us is deemed to question the untold part of our memories.
© Anthony Nsofor / Courtesy Ernest Dükü
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Kimiko Yoshida
Born in Tokyo in 1963, Kimiko Yoshida has been playing with masks throughout art history in Paris, Tokyo, and Venice. 
She once declared: “I am interested in everything that isn’t me. Being where I don’t think I am and vanishing where I think I am, here is the important thing.” In other words, she does not believe that origins, individual or group identity are destiny. We should escape gender stereotypes and hereditary determinism, and reject voluntary servitude. 
Kimiko Yoshida plays with the multiple meanings of an art rooted in fusion and hybridization, melting pot and diversity, at the crossroad of Japan and Europe, Africa and the East, masculine and feminine, past and present, minimalism and baroque, photography and painting, self-portrait and multiplicity, identity and identification, art and ritual, space and time, being and lack of being. 
© Kimiko Yoshida
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